As you've no doubt noticed from last week's Oscar announcements, The Hurt Locker's blown up in a big way since its initial release last summer, reaping honors for best director, cinematography, and
editing, all on top of best film of the '09. And, according to its
Academy Award-nominated star, Jeremy Renner, Kathryn Bigelow's
accolade-stealing indie pic owes a great deal of its buzz to the praise
of reviewers nationwide, including our own Boston Society of Film Critics
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.
"[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.
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?
The Phoenix's DAVID BERNSTEIN will be all over your radio dial today, feeding us the inside dope on the Coakley/Brown race. Follow his updates on the TALKING POLITICS blog, on FACEBOOK, and on TWITTER. This morning, Bernstein chatted about TV campaigns, little old ladies in snow, and predicted that Martha Coakley will squeak out a win in today's Senate race election.
In 2009, we got used to seeing angry mobs descend on public forums with
vengeance in their hearts. So for anyone who'd been to a town-hall forum on
health care, the scene at Boston's Old South Church on January 5 was eerily
familiar -- an older audience, larger than you'd expect (the organizers put it
at 400-plus), venting its collective spleen at hapless bureaucrats.
knows all. Or, at least, he knows way too much
about the strange and deviant culinary flailings going on in America's
kitchens. In addition to spurning traditional ad-revenue model and
staying afloat thanks to subscriber dollars, Kimball's magazines and
PBS TV shows -- Cook's Illustrated, Cook's Country, and America's Test Kitchen
-- rely on reader/viewer polling to determine what recipes Kimball's
crew will be exhaustively researching and scientifically supercharging
in their top-secret Brookline Village lab.
From the looks of things,
a lot of you folks intend to make 2010 the Year of More Writing. Need a
little inspiration to help you battle the blank page? Well, we can't
help you with that one -- but maybe these local authors can, as they
reveal their thoughts on the writing process, and give us a glimpse of
the forces that shaped their work.
What's the nexus between The Diary of Anne Frank and Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking? Both were scooped out of the literary rejection piles by famed Knopf editor Judith Jones
and made into worldwide classics. Today, the 85-year-old Jones is
working alongside a culinary figure of already-epic proportions --
she's edited and mentored Italian cooking legend Lidia Bastianich throughout the publication of her new cookbook, Lidia Cooks From the Heart of Italy,
a collection of unusual recipes from lesser-known regions of Italy.
The Truth About Santa author Gregory Mone speaks at Google's Boston headquarters
Plenty of authoritative geeks have weighed in on Christmas and its patron saint of gift-giving: According to Neil Gaiman, Santa Claus is a tortured soul who cannot die, a slave to the "dwarfish natives of the Arctic caverns."
It would be hard to imagine a pair of books about vegetarianism that are quite so different as Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals (which we brought you earlier this month on the podcast) and ALICIA SILVERSTONE's The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet
Someday soon, political strategists will look back on the 2008 presidential campaign the way NASA scientists sigh at the Apollo moon landing -- as an example of a way that fighting a big, idealistic fight demanded a period of intense and disruptive innovation. At least, that's the way DAVID PLOUFFE sees it.
Cory Doctorow opens his mouth, and nerdgasms
fall out: at any given moment, he's liable to be spouting off about
feral robot dogs, space domes over Disney World, or building a haunted
hotel modeled after a Quake level ("I'll open-source this idea," says he). And we'd expect nothing less -- after all, he's one of the superclocking brains behind BoingBoing, that exalted bestiary of sweet-ass geekdom.
One night when Jonathan Safran Foer
was 9 years old, his babysitter refused to eat chicken. A confused Foer
asked her why, and she blew his mind by explaining that the meat on his
dinner plate came from a live animal. "I went from thinking it was the
most natural thing to thinking it was the most insane thing," Foer
Al Gore speaks at Harvard Square's First Parish Church
Standing before a sea of green-leaning Cambridge liberals (who would
later scoff heartily at the suggestion that the average person watches roughly 5 hours of TV per day),
Al Gore announced: "My own personal journey on the issue of the climate
crisis began here in Cambridge 42 years ago, when I walked into the
classroom of Roger Revelle
Last Night in Twisted River promo video feat. John Irving interview
writes overwrought, Dickensian novels, and he’s damned proud of it. The
New England-born author spent much of his reading at the Coolidge
Corner Theatre on Tuesday night defending himself against imaginary
criticisms of his work — criticisms that were remarkably similar to the New York Times’ review of Irving’s new book, Last Night in Twisted River
VIDEO: Scout Tufankjian on Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign
It's been a year since that night in Chicago, which for photographer SCOUT TUFANKJIAN was the end of a two-year journey that had started with a New Hampshire book tour by the then-junior Senator from Illinois, who had not yet declared his intention to run for the nation's highest office.
A year ago tomorrow we woke up and elected the first-ever black President. A couple of weeks ago at the Boston Book Festival,
a panel of pundits kicked off what is sure to be an avalanche of
first-year retrospectives on the Obama presidency. Surprise: nobody's
happy. And this, folks, is the loyal opposition.
says the first year of Obama has been marked by the "dis-involvement of
all the people who helped make him president in the first place,"
adding that if he sticks to his current course, it will be "very
dificult to accomplish the change he promised and that we need."