In a few short hours, we'll all find out whether Rosanne Cash will take home a Grammy for "Sea of Heartbreak," her duet with Bruce Springsteen off The List
(an album inspired by a compilation of essential songs her father,
Johnny Cash, gave to her when she was 18). But you don't have to wait
any time at all to get a behind-the-scenes peek at not only The List,
but also Rosanne's brain itself -- from her actual physical neural
functioning, to her thoughts on Sting's tantric sex practices -- by
listening to our podcast of "Music on My Brain," Cash's tune-filled talk with neuroscientist Daniel Levitin at the Museum of Science a few months ago.
We have to hand it to the Onion for writing the ultimate J.D. Salinger tribute; this truly is the final word on the subject. And yet, we couldn't help but notice these other notable eulogies that have come rumbling through the tubes over the last two days:Wes Anderson
On New York Magazine's Vulture Blog, Anderson says: "He always struck me as an odd candidate for hermitage — despite his
flights of antisocial mysticism, the energy of Salinger’s prose was
relentlessly sociable, charming, and connective.
"Howard had a great mind and was one of the great voices in the American political life," "Hunting" co-star Ben Affleck, also a family friend of the author, said in a statement. "He taught me how valuable — how necessary — dissent was to democracy and to America itself. He taught that history was made by the everyman, not the elites.
J. D. Salinger, the reclusive author of Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, passed away yesterday at the age of 91, ABC News reports.
Salinger's novels and short stories and their memorable protagonists (Holden Caulfield and the Glass family) have been a common source of inspiration for scores of individuals out there for writers, musicians, filmmakers, actors, artists, and others (including us), which ultimately speaks to the greatness of his writing. Hopefully his work will continue to inspire future generations as well.
There was great speculation among newspaper and magazine people about what the iPad would bring to the table for old media. Would there be an iTunes for periodicals? Would there be a new hybrid format for magazines that combined the slick color visual presentation of print with the interactive bells-and-whistles of the web? And if so, would the combination of those two elements serve as a clap of the paddles to the lifeless business models of news organizations? To wit, would the iPad be new and shiny enough to get people to pay for content again?
Biggest local State of the Union winners? Central Square tech firm CRIMSON HEXAGON, whose VOXTROT platform was used on CNN's big-screen to provide instantaneous audience-feedback to SOTU, with a pretty impressive degree of differentiation. The software, "based on groundbreaking work conducted at Harvard University's
Institute for Quantitative Social Science, distills meaning about
brands, products, services, markets and competitors from the online
"[P]eople think that I live in this Bavarian castle and sleep upside
down in the fucking rafters, and fly around the gantry every night,"
Ozzy Osbourne told Phoenix editor Lance Gould over the phone a
few days ago. Instead, judging from their little tête-à-tête last week
about Osbourne's latest autobiography, I Am Ozzy (written
with an assist from journalist Chris Ayres), he might have more in
common with Frank McCourt and Monty Python than Count Dracula.
NY Mag's Vulture blog tracked down 30 Rock producer Robert Carlock -- a former Harvard Lampoon editor, and thus someone who should know better -- to take him to task for what may be the world's worst Boston accent in a generation. You won't believe this: the guy had the balls to say that Julianne Moore sounds like an actual Bostonian!
Tomorrow morning, WFNX turns over its airwaves to a "Help for Haiti" radiothon, to raise awareness and collect donations for Haitian relief. The proceeds will go directly to Partners In Health, the Boston-based charity that's been providing health care and other assitance to Haiti for two decades. Here's the official press release:
Undoubtedly you've said to yourself at some point, during a film, or while watching George Bush in office, 'A chimp could do a better job than this,' and that's how Chimpcam was born. One guy, John Capener, was watching a terrible film on UK tv (I know that's hard to imagine for all of you who have watched British television) and thought the same thing.
Happy 201st birthday, EAP.
Considering that the man was the original architect of the
detective story -- that'd be The Murders in the Rue Morgue -- it’s only fitting that we celebrate the birthday of Edgar Allan
Poe with a riddle. Which city can rightfully claim the legacy of Poe:
Philadelphia, or Boston?
How can MTV best follow up Jersey Shore? Slate has an idea...
MTV needs a new tribe to study. Lucky for them, there's a group of
feisty young people just a few hundred miles north on the Atlantic
coast. They're called Massholes. Though there is some disagreement
about what, exactly, constitutes a Masshole, there are several
characteristics present in all definitions.