Beth Orton’s sixth album eschews electric instrumentation, instead recasting its star as a modern practitioner of classic English folk a la Pentangle. Ornate but not wispy, these songs aren’t merely pretty; they also convey power that builds subtly.
We know we need to eat more vegetables. The challenge is to do it with flavor and variety. So we’ve become creative. (via Kitchen Window: Even Your Mother Will Approve Of Vegetable Chips)
Photo: Susan Russo for NPR
There are recipes!
Meet Randall Poster. He’s the guy who picks out the music in all of Wes Anderson’s films, including his latest Moonrise Kingdom (pictured above.) This is how Poster’s job works.
Can’t wait to listen to this podcast and see this movie.
David Edelstein reviews Monsieur Lazhar: “ But he’s one of the best teacher role models I’ve ever seen. Monsieur Lazhar, the character and the film, are heartrending.”
David Edelstein reviews ‘Deep Blue Sea’: “This is Rachel Weisz’s movie. She’s as luminous as a Pre-Raphaelite portrait, yet she brings to Hester a high-wire, modern tremulousness, as if that portrait were melting into something Impressionistic — much like the movie itself, a lyric re-imagining of Rattigan and a tone poem of genius.”
Looks like a deep, dark movie. I could go for some a’ that right now.
Maya Rudolph: “I don’t think of myself as a lady humorist. I just have boobs and parts that allow me to give birth to children, but I like to be funny with the boys and the girls.” [complete interview here]
This is why I love Maya.
The Old Girls’ Club sat in a corner of the newsroom the men referred to as “the fallopian jungle,” and swiftly became the broadcaster’s earliest stars.
Currently listening to Wake Up and Dream - Radiolab (also known as the coolest podcast to ever exist).
And this NPR article is why I take back the snarky comments I made about Madonna’s halftime show (although I will still stand by the belief that all the money poured into those 9 minutes really should have gone somewhere else).
The Mona Lisa’s Twin Painting Discovered
The Mona Lisa is one of the most enigmatic and iconic pieces of Western art. It has inspired countless copies, but one replica at the Madrid’s Museo del Prado is generating its own buzz: Conservators say that it was painted at the same time as the original — and possibly by one of the master’s pupils, perhaps even a lover.
Juxtaposing the two paintings — and using infrared technology, which works like an X-ray, allowing one to see beneath the paint to see previous, obscured versions — conservators say that Leonardo and the painter of the replica made exactly the same changes at the same time.
“The changes mirrored the changes which Leonardo made on the original,” Martin Bailey, correspondent with The Art Newspaper in London, tells NPR’s Melissa Block. “[Conservators] concluded that the two pictures had been done side by side in the studio, and it was probably on easels which were two or three yards away from each other.”
Well that’s just cray!
Click through to find a larger image. Also, see the original list here. I’ve read 21 of the top 100, without ever considering myself a hardcore scifi/fantasy fan. How about you?
Titles I’d add, personally: Alas, Babylon; The Hunger Games; Harry Potter. But then, the latter two of these recommendations are children’s/YA, and this seems like a determinedly adult list.
flowchart of sci-fi
Crap, now I have like, 10 more books to add to my already-full list of books to read.
Including: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, The Happiness Project, and Transition.
My Morning Jacket perform the entirety of ‘Circuital’ in this live performance at Village Studios in Los Angeles with KCRW.
some music for your afternoon.
Rahhh, currently at Starbucks, wishing I had my headphones with me!
It’s been three years since For Emma, Forever Ago, the debut album that landed Justin Vernon’s band Bon Iver on virtually every best-of list for 2008. Now, Bon Iver has released the follow-up to For Emma, titled Bon Iver. The song titles draw from the names of places — real, imagined or a combination of both, like “Minnesota, WI.”