Archive for December, 2013

Weekend recs

The City and the City, by China Miéville (Random House, 2010) It’s hard to explain what is so cool about this book without giving the whole thing away. Set in a reality almost like our own, it follows a murder investigation through two city-states that somehow overlap or coincide. Citizens spend their whole lives in […]

Visualizing the exact moment Beyoncé blew up the Internet

This is pretty great. Pow!

Tom Lehrer: for The Electric Company and otherwise

Those of you who grew up in the USA in the 70s and had a television more than likely know some of these songs: A decent number of these are permanently burned into my mental harddrive and have been recovered, over the last few years, as Charlie and I have made our way through DVD […]

Weekend recs

The Moth book Started in 1997, the Moth storytelling shows provide a stage where anyone can come up and tell a five-minute story. Famous people and not-famous people tell stories of heroism, pathos, joy and the quirks of everyday living. These stories are often mesmerizing, and this new book collects 50 of the best. It’s […]

The end of the year is upon us

It’s that time of the year when I frantically try to figure out if I’ve listened to enough new music this year to put together a list of favorites, which is to say I’m worried as usual that I’m finally getting old. It’s also to say that I have three more weeks to sort through […]

Callas 90

Maria Callas was born on December 2, 1923 in New York. There is relatively little film footage of Callas, which is a shame since she’s thought of as a great artist of the stage. Here’s a clip from one of two films that were made of her as Tosca, this one in 1958, around her […]