As a media gadfly, I’m on every kind of PR list imaginable. Whereas I once resented receiving publicity spam, particularly if it was off my beat but now, given the absurdity of our culture, everything seems off-beat. I welcome it. … Read on.
Today marks the centenary of film critic Pauline Kael’s birth. Beside recreating film criticism in her New Yorker column and giving shape to our conversations of cinema — particularly that of America in the 70s (if not launching the careers of … Read on.
The Internet recently lit up like the string of Christmas lights festooning Will Byers’ living room thanks to the Swedish furniture-for-the-people store Ikea. Apparently, the living room sets of the iconic Stranger Things, The Simpsons, and Friends living … Read on.
Artists can absorb influences so deeply, it can be renewing — if not startling — when we discover traces of them in our later, “mature” work. By traces, I don’t mean George Harrison-style cryptomnesia when you suddenly have to lawyer-up … Read on.