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Posted on February 28, 2010 by Editor

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GoGo Yubari Goes Pop Princess

from LA Weekly

Kill Bill’s Schoolgirl Assassin Launches Singing Career

By Liz Ohanesian

Japanese Actress Chiaki Kuriyama, perhaps best known to the U.S. audience as killer schoolgirl Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill, is preparing to launch a new career as a pop singer. She will make her debut in Japan next week, word on upcoming releases in the States is still pending.

Kuriyama’s first single, “Ryusei No Namida” will be the theme song for the forthcoming anime Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. As fans of the genre know, an anime theme credit can bolster an artist’s reputation both in Japan and throughout the international community. Add that to the wild popularity of the Gundam franchise and it seems like Kuriyama, who also appeared in the cult hit Battle Royale, has made a wise career move.

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Posted on February 27, 2010 by Editor

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New York Times Applauds Depression

from The NY Times

Depression’s Upside

Ben Weeks


The Victorians had many names for depression, and Charles Darwin used them all. There were his “fits” brought on by “excitements,” “flurries” leading to an “uncomfortable palpitation of the heart” and “air fatigues” that triggered his “head symptoms.” In one particularly pitiful letter, written to a specialist in “psychological medicine,” he confessed to “extreme spasmodic daily and nightly flatulence” and “hysterical crying” whenever Emma, his devoted wife, left him alone.

For Darwin, depression was a clarifying force, focusing the mind on its most essential problems. In his autobiography, he speculated on the purpose of such misery; his evolutionary theory was shadowed by his own life story. “Pain or suffering of any kind,” he wrote, “if long continued, causes depression and lessens the power of action, yet it is well adapted to make a creature guard itself against any great or sudden evil.” And so sorrow was explained away, because pleasure was not enough. Sometimes, Darwin wrote, it is the sadness that informs as it “leads an animal to pursue that course of action which is most beneficial.” The darkness was a kind of light.

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Posted on February 27, 2010 by Editor

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The Smartest TV Show Ever

Posted on February 26, 2010 by Editor

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Roast pork tenderloin with mustard vinaigrette

from The Los Angeles Times

Roast pork

Roast pork tenderloin and asparagus with mustard vinaigrette. (Chicago Tribune/Bill Hogan)

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pork tenderloin, about 1 1/4 pounds
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 pound asparagus
3 shallots, cut in wedges
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

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Posted on February 25, 2010 by Editor

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Frey de Plume

from The New York Post

Frey’s names a guessing game

James Frey — the controversial author of “A Million Little Pieces” and “Bright Shiny Morning” — is using so many pseudonyms lately that any nom de plume is suspected to be his.

Frey is working on no fewer than nine projects where he came up with the idea and hired a collaborator to write it. All nine books will be published under pen names, sources told Page Six.

The literary world is now buzzing that Frey is “John Twelve Hawks,” the fake name of the author of the best-selling sci-fi series known as the Fourth Realm Trilogy. Fox just optioned the rights and commissioned a script for “The Traveler” from fantasy specialist Alex Tse, whose credits include “The Watchmen,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

APAuthor James Frey


The reclusive ways of Hawks, whoever he is, has helped hype the Random House line. He’s said to live “off the grid” and has never met his editor or agent.

Imitating some of his characters who battle against totalitarian surveillance, Hawks supposedly communicates with an untraceable satellite phone using a voice scrambler. He’s used stand-ins during book tours.

But James Patterson, Stephen King and even highbrow Michael Chabon have also been speculated to be Hawks. And some say Frey is an unlikely candidate because he is already “Pittacus Lore,” the pseudonymous author of “I Am Number Four,” the story of nine alien teenagers on planet Lorien, which is attacked by hostiles from another world.

Frey told Page Six, “I will neither confirm nor deny that I am John Twelve Hawks, Pittacus Lore, or anyone else . . . I will say that I have done, and I am continuing to do, projects that will come out anonymously or with invented names on them.”

“I Am Number Four,” which is due in August from HarperCollins, has been optioned by Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay.

Posted on February 24, 2010 by Editor

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Piss Off, G

from The Guardian UK

Thousands of authors opt out of Google book settlement

Some 6,500 writers, from Thomas Pynchon to Jeffrey Archer, have opted out of Google’s controversial plan to digitise millions of books

by Alison Flood

University of Michigan Library

Books at the University of Michigan Library which have been scanned on behalf of Google. Photograph: Mandi Wright/AP

Former children’s laureates Quentin Blake, Anne Fine and Jacqueline Wilson, bestselling authors Jeffrey Archer and Louis de Bernières and critical favourites Thomas Pynchon, Zadie Smith and Jeanette Winterson have all opted out of the controversial Google book settlement, court documents have revealed.

Authors who did not wish their books to be part of Google’s revised settlement needed to opt out before 28 January, in advance of last week’s ruling from Judge Denny Chin over whether to allow Google to go ahead with its divisive plans to digitise millions of books. The judge ended up delaying his ruling, after receiving more than 500 written submissions, but court documents related to the case show that more than 6,500 authors, publishers and literary agents have opted out of the settlement.

As well as the authors named above, these include the estates of Rudyard Kipling, TH White, James Herriot, Nevil Shute and Roald Dahl, Man Booker prizewinners Graham Swift and Keri Hulme, poets Pam Ayres, Christopher Middleton, Gillian Spraggs and Nick Laird, novelists Bret Easton Ellis, James Frey, Monica Ali, Michael Chabon, Philip Hensher and Patrick Gale, historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, biographer Victoria Glendinning and bestselling author of the Northern Lights trilogy Philip Pullman.

Ursula K Le Guin, who gained significant author support for her petition calling for “the principle of copyright, which is directly threatened by the settlement, [to] be honoured and upheld in the United States”, also opted out.

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Posted on February 24, 2010 by Editor

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Bad Day On The Motorway

Posted on February 23, 2010 by Editor

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A Kick-ass Vinaigrette

from The New Yorker


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Posted on February 22, 2010 by Editor

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“Publishers want to kill your pets! Armageddon is nigh!!”

from The Huffington Post

Is This The Most Exciting Time Ever For Book Lovers?

by Jason Pinter, Bestselling Thriller Writer

Amidst all the doom and gloom (Books are dying! Print is dead! The Kindle will destroy us all! Big Publishers want to kill your pets! ARMAGEDDON IS NIGH!!!), I just want to take a moment to proclaim that this is quite possibly the most exciting period to be a reader in my lifetime. Think about it: when was the last time books and publishing were as much a part of the daily conversation as they are now? So enough with the catastrophic headlines. They might draw traffic and get people riled up, but they’re empty bloviations. The bottom line is that, in my opinion, the written word is healthier than ever. The health of the book industry is never about the success of one book–it’s a rising tide that lifts all ships. And the tide of buzz about books and publishing is perhaps higher than ever.

Sure individual books and authors have garnered their share of headlines–J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown, Alice Sebold, Stephenie Meyer, etc…–but in my thirty years on this planet, I cannot remember a time when so many people were discussing books themselves, the future of books, and what it all means for everyone involved.

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Posted on February 21, 2010 by Editor

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Art By The Freeway

from The Los Angeles Times

Art is the message on these billboards

The works by several visual artists will appear in an area bounded by the 405 freeway and downtown L.A.

James Welling

James Welling, the creator of the blue diagonal piece billboard is a professor at UCLA. His art will appear in as part of a project by 22 visual artists.

By Scarlet Cheng, February 20, 2010

A grid of blue diagonals, the profiles of two men confronting each other, a series of colorful vertical stripes with an embedded phrase — these will be some of the enigmatic images flashing through our peripheral vision while driving in L.A. over the next six weeks.

They are three of the 21 visual artists’ billboards that have been going up in some of the most trafficked corridors of Los Angeles, part of a long percolating idea of Kimberli Meyer, director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House.

“How Many Billboards?” will be sited in the central part of the city, bounded on the west by the 405 freeway and on the east by downtown. (Maps are available at the Schindler House as well as posted on www.howmanybill

They were designed by 22 artists — one is a collaboration between the mother-son team of Martha Rosler and Josh Neufeld — most of them based in the Los Angeles area. Only a handful had done billboards before, but all were chosen by Meyer and co-curators Lisa Henry, Nizan Shaked and Gloria Sutton on their potential to realize outsized presentations.

The artists include James Welling, creator of the blue diagonal piece and a professor at UCLA; Jennifer Bornstein, subject of a MOCA Focus show in 2005; and Kori Newkirk, who was in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.

Several are known for their work in experimental film — Kenneth Anger, David Lamelas, Kerry Tribe and Yvonne Rainer, who is also a dancer-choreographer.

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Posted on February 20, 2010 by Editor

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Shaq In The Paint (UrbanEye)

from The New York Times’ UrbanEye


Shaq in the Paint

Apparently being an NBA superstar, actor, author, Ph.D. student, platinum-selling rapper, reserve police officer and U.S. Deputy Marshal was not enough for Shaquille O’Neal. Now the 7-foot-1-inch Cleveland Cavalier is venturing into the art world as a gallery curator. His first exhibition, “Size Does Matter,” opens today at the Flag Art Foundation in Chelsea. The show, which runs through May 27, explores “the myriad ways that scale affects the perception of contemporary art” and includes works by Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Kehinde Wiley, Lisa Yuskavage and others. And if that wasn’t enough to get your attention, a catalog with an essay by Cleveland native James Frey will accompany the exhibition.

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Posted on February 19, 2010 by Editor

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Australian AG More Afraid of Gamers Than Gangs

from Agence-France Press via Google News

Gamers more scary than bikers, says Australian minister

SYDNEY — An Australian politician who opposes the lifting of a censorship ban on adults-only computer games has said he feels more threatened by gamers than outlawed motorcycle gangs.

“The outlaw motorcycle gangs haven’t been hanging around my doorstep at 2:00 am, a gamer has.”

 South Australia’s Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, who has the right to veto the lifting of a national ban on computer games rated too violent and extreme for consumption, said he had received a threatening note from a gamer.”I feel that my family and I are more at risk from gamers than we are from the outlaw motorcycle gangs who also hate me,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation late Monday.

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Posted on February 19, 2010 by Editor

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Bundy’s Death Bug

from The Washington Post

Ted Bundy’s VW goes on display at D.C. crime museum, but should it?
By Philip Kennicott
Friday, February 19, 2010; C03

Even under a thin, black shroud, the lines of a vintage ’68 Volkswagen Beetle were unmistakable.

And when the cloth came off, at a bizarre unveiling ceremony Thursday at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, it took work to be surprised by what was underneath it: an unprepossessing tan Beetle, with a sunroof, looking a little worse for wear with touches of rust, fading paint and a few missing pieces of metal trim.

The tires looked as if they still had a few thousand good miles in them. Inside the cab, the interior had that quintessential old Bug smell — like burning latex — as if the rubber flooring was always smoking a little from the heat underneath.

But this wasn’t any Beetle. This was Ted Bundy’s Beetle, the car into which he lured his victims and in which he killed many of them during a terrifying serial killing spree in the 1970s.

“This was kind of like a death wagon,” said Wyndell C. Watkins Sr., a retired D.C. police deputy chief, who was on hand to help introduce the latest iconic celebrity murder object joining Washington’s museum collections.

The car has been stored in a private collection owned by New York-based Arthur Nash, who owns many of the most grisly objects on display in the museum’s main exhibition. Also from the Nash collection: clown and serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s painter’s box, on display in a room dealing with the unseemly “murderabilia” trade.

Bundy’s VW replaces the 1933 Essex-Terraplane car used as a getaway vehicle by John Dillinger. With Dillinger’s car shipped off to the Southwest terminal of Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, where it will help present the capital region’s best face to visitors, the crime museum needed a marquee object to grace its front lobby.

Of all of the notorious cars in the world — the white Ford Bronco that O.J. Simpson rode in, the D.C. snipers’ shabby Chevy Caprice retrofitted with gun placements — Bundy’s Bug may be the most notorious because it was so intimately connected to its owner’s crimes. Bundy killed in this car is the frisson you’re supposed to feel when looking at something that was not just a tool, but a container for death.

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Posted on February 19, 2010 by Editor

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Dementia Slowly Claiming Crawdaddy Daddy, Paul Williams

from MediaBistro’s Fishbowl LA

‘Father of Rock Criticism’ Paul Williams Stricken with Early Onset Dementia

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An interesting story in the San Diego CityBeat profiles legendary rock critic Paul Williams, who, after a serious bike accident in 1995, suffers from dementia. His condition has degraded in recent years, to the point where he now needs round-the-clock care.

Williams founded the legendary music magazine “Crawdaddy” in 1966, when he was only 17. CityBeat writer Sarah Nardi credits Crawdaddy as “the first publication to treat rock as a serious subject (paving the way for future mags like Rolling Stone), and Williams was the first to realize that the music was less a generational byproduct than a cultural catalyst.”

More on Williams from Nardi:

“He smoked his first joint with Brian Wilson while listening to the masters of what would become SMILE; he counseled a struggling Springsteen on musical direction (just before The Boss finally broke through with Born To Run); he and pal Timothy Leary spent a night with John and Yoko during the Toronto Bed-In-For-Peace, and Williams later rejoined the couple to sing on “Give Peace a Chance.” He bitched out Jim Morrison for leaving a book Williams lent him behind on a plane; he hitched a ride to Woodstock in a limo with The Grateful Dead; and all the while, Williams was writing–refracting the pure creative energy around him through a powerful critical lens.

Image credit, via CityBeat: “A portrait of Paul Williams painted by Drew Snyder, rendered from a photo taken by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe.”

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Posted on February 19, 2010 by Editor

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Porn Hacker Collared

from Reuters via Yahoo! News

Police nab porn hacker behind Moscow traffic mayhem

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police said on Tuesday they had arrested a prankster who hacked into a computer system to show a pornographic movie on a giant advertising screen, causing havoc on a busy Moscow thoroughfare.

The two-minute clip, displayed on a video screen above a main road south of the Kremlin, caused midnight traffic jams and a frenzy of excitement across the Russian blogosphere.

Police said the hacker gained control of the screen by breaking into an online company’s server in the volatile southern region of Chechnya as “he didn’t think the police would go looking for him there.”

“(The hacker) is a highly-educated, temporarily unemployed and extremely advanced Internet user,” police said.

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Posted on February 18, 2010 by Editor

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See!! A baby doll take a bath in a coffee can.

Posted on February 18, 2010 by Editor

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Shaq & Oprah’s Whipping Boy

from NBC New York

Shaq, Art Curator?

The Size DOES Matter exhibit features 66 pieces picked by O’Neal



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Kicking off Friday at Chelsea’s FLAG Art Foundation is Size DOES Matter, a collection of 66 works of art across different media, aimed at highlighting how scale affects perception. So who better to tap for curating the show than 7-foot-1 Cleveland Cavalier center and art collector Shaquille O’Neal, who wears a size 22 shoe?

Included in the show, according to the Post, are pieces like “Robert Therrien’s colossal sculpture of a table and six chairs” and “Ron Mueck’s ‘Untitled (Big Man),’ a nearly 7-foot-tall sculpture of a naked, bald man curled up awkwardly, elbows resting on his knees” (pictured). There are also a few works that take O’Neal himself as the subject, such as Willard Wigan’s portrait of the player that’s so tiny, it fits in the eye of a needle.

The exhibition – whose catalogue includes an essay by Cleveland native/author/Oprah whipping boy James Frey – runs February 19 through May 27, 2010.

Size DOES Matter
February 17-May 22, open Wednesday to Saturday, 12-5PM
FLAG Art Foundation; 545 West 25th Street; 212-206-0220
More information at

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Posted on February 17, 2010 by Editor

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Mixed Media Girl

from The Cool Hunterixed Media Girl

We have a hunch we will be seeing much more of the work by the young, London-based graphic designer and illustrator, Nikki Farquharson

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Posted on February 17, 2010 by Editor

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be-Holden to Catcher

from PopMatters

The Catcher in the Rye: The Greatest Book of Its Time

The late J. D. Salinger’s masterpiece has long been the spark of debate, but in the high school classroom it still might be the best book of its kind.

On 27 January 2010 J. D. Salinger died at the age of 91 and the world promptly began mourning him. Several eulogies were written, printed and posted in various media sources [including a eulogy of Salinger’s Seymour Glass written for PopMatters by Chadwick Jenkins (5 February 2010)]. Once again, as happens every five years or so, it became popular to wax poetic about the literary achievement that was a nice little book called The Catcher in the Rye. Accordingly, as happens every five years or so, it also became popular to talk about how overrated The Catcher in the Rye is (see Aaron Sager’s “Why I Dislike ‘Rye’: Not be-Holden to Salinger’s ‘Catcher’”, for example, PopMatters 11 February 2010)

The Catcher in the Rye holds a very singular place in the world of literature. It’s a classic to be sure, but it’s often thought of as the classic—more than a coming of age novel; more than a great coming of age novel. The Catcher in the Rye is the Citizen Kane of coming of age novels, which means it pulls off a much more difficult trick than actually being the best coming of age novel ever written; it’s widely accepted as the greatest coming of age novel ever written.

Much like Citizen Kane it is more than a work of art. The Catcher in the Rye is the answer to a poll question. “What is the greatest coming of age tale ever written?” for example, or “What is the best young adult novel ever penned?” and of course the inevitable backlash of “What is the most overrated American literary classic in history?” 

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Posted on February 15, 2010 by Editor

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Why Buy Roses For Valentine’s Day When You Can Give Her Heart-shaped Beets

from the LA Times

My Beet-ing Heart Salad

This dish delivers deliciousness on the cheap. (Chicago Tribune/Bonnie Trafelet)

By Renee Enna, Chicago Tribune 

1/4 cup red or white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons cranberry juice
1 tablespoon honey or sugar or to taste
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bag (10 ounces) mixed salad greens
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Cherry tomatoes, radishes, chopped red bell pepper
8 canned beet slices, cut into heart shapes, if desired

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Posted on February 14, 2010 by Editor

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Rowley Hooks Up With Gagosian at Fashion Week

from The LA Times

New York Fashion Week: BCBG Max Azria, Cynthia Rowley explore the urban jungle [UPDATED]

February 12, 2010


The urban tribal aesthetic we saw last season at Proenza Schouler and Balenciaga is starting to turn up in the fall collections in New York this week.

First, it was at BCBG Max Azria on Thursday morning, where neutral-colored, draped silk dresses in geometric cuts were shot through with blocks of vibrant blue and yellow.

And it continued at Cynthia Rowley, where models had bright color woven into their hair and the band Preacher and the Knife struck a tribal beat.

On the runway, galactic-storm print minidresses mixed it up with color blocked jackets and motocross puffer gloves. While marled, multicolored lace tops and silk tops dangling rainbow fringe made for a fun, DIY-inspired look.

Beyond showing her collection, Rowley is doing something interesting with the Gagosian Gallery this season. The designer, who runs with an artsy crowd (her husband, Bill Powers, opened the Half Gallery in New York with James Frey and Andy Spade), got into a chat about art and appropriation with the Gagosian’s store manager, and a collaboration was born.

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Posted on February 14, 2010 by Editor

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SISYPHUS by Marcell Jankovics

Posted on February 12, 2010 by Editor

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Franco & Frey in the Otis @ Gagosian

from Ted Casablanca’s The Awful Truth

Caught! James Franco Makes Elevator Friend

James FrancoGeorge Pimentel/Getty Images

James Franco hitting up the Damien Hirst opening at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC recently.

Franco kept up his Sundance-sexy, as we’re told he looked “hot all bundled up.”

He also ran into a certain someone in the elevator who intrigued him…

Another James. Duh.

James Frey, the disgraced writer who is best known as getting “ripped a new one” by Oprah, chatted with the other James on the way up.

Says a fellow elevator spy:

“Frey was all like, ‘Hey, James!‘ and James Franco was all like, ‘Hey, James!’ And they chatted and it was all friendly.”

Somehow we feel like Franco, who just played distinguished author Allen Ginsberg in Howl, should snub Mr. Frey, but whatevs.

As for who else was at the “sausage party” (as our source calls it) of an opening:

Mick JaggerBono and Gossip Girl’Matthew Settle.

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Posted on February 11, 2010 by Editor

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At Least They’re Not Demanding It Be Torn Down

from NBC Los Angeles

Group to Rename Iconic Hollywood Sign — For a Day

Conservationist group near deal to buy land, replace sign


The Hollywood sign might look different Thursday — as in, completely covered.

Trust For Public Lands, a nature conservation group, said it has reached a deal that would protect a huge swath of land above the  Hollywood sign from being developed into luxury homes. The group’s president, Will Rogers, said Monday that the Trust secured an option to buy the rugged 138-acre parcel for about $12 million from Chicago-based Fox River Financial Resources.

As part of its initiative to save land near the sign from development, Trust for Public Lands wants to cover the sign with a shroud that reads, “Save the Peak.”

The LAPD sent out a community alert to Hollywood residents — possibly because it might alarm people to find one of LA’s most recognized 450-foot-long landmark wrapped in a giant blanket. Tim Ahern, a spokesman for the Trust, said the group is still waiting for permission from the city and the Hollywood Sign Trust.

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Posted on February 10, 2010 by Editor

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Vampire Vook

from The Denver Post

Vampire author Anne Rice set to release video book

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer

NEW YORK—Anne Rice is giving the video book a try.

The author of “Interview With a Vampire,” “The Vampire Lestat” and many other favorites has agreed to terms with the video book company Vook on a multimedia edition of “The Master of Rampling Gate,” a vampire story published in Redbook magazine in 1984 and set in an England mansion in the 19th century.

“Vook represents a very exciting combination of new technological elements, that I think is long overdo in publishing,” Rice said in a statement released Wednesday by Vook. “I’m excited that ‘The Master of Rampling Gate’ is going to have new life in this form, and cannot wait to see the finished product. I’m not sure that my mind can conceive of all the possibilities of this new form. I’m learning. And it feels good.”

Opinions are still mixed among publishers and authors about video books, or vooks, with some calling them a gimmick and others saying new formats are needed for the Internet age. The product integrates text, video and social networking.

Vook, based in Alameda, Calif., has been producing video books for Simon & Schuster and the HarperCollins imprint HarperStudio and also making works out of public domain texts. Vook founder Bradley Inman says “The Sherlock Holmes Experience,” based on two stories by Conan Doyle, has been downloaded thousands of times.

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Posted on February 10, 2010 by Editor

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Point Omega


Watching movies from inside books.

Filed under: Odds

Don DeLillo’s new novel “Point Omega” is narrated by a documentarian and begins and ends with a description of Douglas Gordon’s “24 Hour Psycho,” a 2006 MoMA installation in which Hitchcock’s film was slowed down to stretch over a day and night.

Maybe that’s why everyone writing about the book seems more focused on DeLillo’s obsession with movies than with how it ranks in his canon. At the New York Times, Geoff Dyer, who knows more than most about art criticism (check out his own recent novel “Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi,” set during the 2006 Venice Biennale) sees DeLillo’s take on “24 Hour Psycho” and raises him with Gordon’s “5 Year Drive-by,” which played “The Searchers” in “real time” — one frame every 20 minutes.

At the Boston GlobeMark Feeney‘s interested in DeLillo’s ongoing relationship with more mainstream movies — he points out that DeLillo’s voracious cinephilia is all over his work, with references to a meat-and-potatoes studio release like “Act of Violence,” fake Eisenstein movies and Robert Frank.

Trying to think up a systematic list of other novels that include interesting invocations of film is surprisingly hard. The movies that characters watch seem to me to mostly get used for banal texture, like in Jhumpa Lahiri’s stupefyingly dull “The Namesake,” where the kind of films being invoked tell us something about class in New York City (they go to see an “Antonioni double-feature” — do they even have those anymore? — and a revival of “Alphaville”).

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Posted on February 9, 2010 by Editor

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Generation X Finally Dies – Music Replaced By Me

from The Wrap

MTV No Longer About ‘Music’

Published: February 08, 2010

MTV changed its logo for the first time in roughly 30 years on Monday.

It was a minor change with major symbolism. The network — known more for its scripted reality show programming these days than the music videos and industry it revolutionized — dropped the “Music Television” tagline from the Frank Olinsky-designed original.’

With the new look, MTV had those “Jersey Shore”-watching millennials in mind. Via the press release:

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Posted on February 9, 2010 by Editor

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From Vandalism To Art To Nostalgia

from The New York Times

Graffiti’s Story, From Vandalism to Art to Nostalgia

Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Eric Felisbret is no longer the young man who painted illegal graffiti. Now, in pictures and words, he records the work of his generation and a new one. More Photos >

Eric Felisbret stood by a chain-link fence, watching three men spraying graffiti on a backyard wall in Upper Manhattan. One man smiled and invited him over.

“You can go around the corner and when you see a sign for a seamstress, go in the alley,” the man said. “Or you can jump the fence, like we did.”

Mr. Felisbret, 46, chose the long way. Not that he is unused to fence-jumping. In the 1970s, that was one of his skills as a budding graffiti writer who stole into subway yards. Using the nom de graf DEAL, he was part of the Crazy Inside Artists, a legendary crew from East New York, Brooklyn. This time, though, instead of wielding a spray can, he pulled out a camera and took a quick snapshot of the artwork, done with the landlord’s permission.

“It’s really retro,” he said. “Look inside the 3D letters, how he added all those spots.”

He would know, and not just because the artist was his brother, Luke. Over some 30 years, the two men have amassed a photographic archive of New York City graffiti that is among the most comprehensive collections anywhere. Since 1998 much of it, along with interviews of artists, has been showcased on their Web site,

And now Eric Felisbret has published a thick, glossy new book, “Graffiti New York,” a survey of the art that mirrors his own life trajectory — from outlaw origins to mainstream respectability.

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Posted on February 8, 2010 by Editor

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William Burroughs’ Stuff

from “William Burroughs’ Stuff” by PETER ROSS


Posted on February 7, 2010 by Editor

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Koons Saloon For BMW

from Media Bistro’s UnBeige

Jeff Koons To Create Next BMW Art Car

Jeff Koons fondles an inflatable in his Manhattan studio last night, where guests including BMW President Jim O’Donnell, architect Richard Meier, and every museum director in a 50-mile radius celebrated the announcement that Koons will create the next BMW Art Car.

Last March, when a selection of BMW Art Cars were exhibited at New York’s Grand Central Station, we tried our best to convince the impeccably dressed BMW execs to spill the beans on who would follow in the footsteps of such artists as Andy WarholRobert RauschenbergRoy LichtensteinFrank Stella, and Jenny Holzer. Despite our eyelash-batting pleas (in charmingly bungled German), they would divulge only that “plans were underway” for the next creative customization. Well, now the secret is out: Jeff Koons is creating the seventeenth BMW Art Car as the program celebrates its thirty-fifth year. The announcement was made last night at a event held at Koons’s Manhattan studio (as followers of the UnBeige Twitter feed already know). “The entire BMW Group is looking forward to this celebration of contemporary art by Jeff Koons, one of the greatest artists of our time,” said BMW president Jim O’Donnell in making the announcement.

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Posted on February 6, 2010 by Editor

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Walking Man Beats Boy With Pipe in London

from The New York Times

At London Sale, a Giacometti Sets a Record

One of Alberto Giacometti’s best-loved bronzes, “Walking Man I,” has broken the world record price for a work of art at auction, selling to an unidentified telephone bidder for $92.5 million, or $104.3 million with fees, at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday night. The previous record was $104.1 million, paid for a 1905 Picasso, “Boy With a Pipe (The Young Apprentice),” at Sotheby’s in New York in 2004.

Sotheby’s had expected the sculpture to bring $19.2 million to $28.8 million. The $104.3 million was more than three times the record for a Giacometti, which was set at Christie’s New York in May 2008 when “Standing Woman II” from 1959-60 sold for $27.4 million.

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Super Bowl Chili

from The LA Times

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