Elaine Stritch Reads Dorothy Parker

I don’t usually purchase Audiobooks, but I’m getting this one! The NY Times describes: ‘When you hear it, it almost makes too much sense: Elaine Stritch reading the selected stories of Dorothy Parker (pictured). Two iconic New York broads known as much for their personas, at this point, as for their work. The recording was made in 1995, but never existed in digital form until now; rather, it was a sort of urban legend, the kind of thing a friend of a friend might have heard on cassette once and then raved about forever. One such fan was David Sedaris, who once described the tape in an interview as his favorite audiobook, prompting Penguin to reissue the stories.’

Robot-Made Paintings To Be Sold At Auction

A French tech-art company that uses Artificial Intelligence to create paintings that look like they are the work of humans is going to be the first in the world to sell robotic artwork at auction. The artistic tech trio used a two-part algorithm, called a Generative Adversarial Network, to create this painting and a number of similar works of the fictional Belamy family — a play on bel ami (handsome friend in French).

Reconsidering Lil Peep’s “Hellboy”

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Here, the site revisits the definitive Lil Peep experience with his breakthrough 2016 mixtape.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Widows,” starring Viola Davis, looks terrific. The new “Fantastic Beasts” will appeal to the kids. TV/Streaming: HBO’s adaptation of Elena Ferrante‘s beloved “My Brilliant Friend” premieres on Sunday. The Coen Brothers’ latest — “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” — premieres on Netflix. PBS brings us John Leguizamo on Friday. Music: The Beatles White Album now has a Super Deluxe version. Books: What? You haven’t bought Michelle Obama’s memoir yet? Then I don’t want to know you! Sports: Even Golden State has intra-mural feuds — right, Draymond and Kevin? Finally: Events this month remind us that the Golden State of California has only four problems: earth, water, fire, air.

Considering Muse’s “Simulation Theory”

On their eighth album, the trio again pivot to the present, using current affairs, pop culture tropes, and contemporary electronics to aim for Spotify omnipotence. Further details.

Mumford & Sons Album: Any Good?

One reviewer writes: ‘The method by which they achieve it might have subtly changed over time, but Mumford & Sons’ overall go-for-broke aesthetic, evident when they first burst onto the scene a decade or so ago, is intact. Ultimately, they follow in the Springsteen/U2 line of artists prone to grand gestures. Those looking for irony in their pop music need not apply. If you’re on that earnest wavelength, the band’s newest release, Delta, is a fine distillation of what makes these guys so engaging. Producer Paul Epworth embeds some experimental flourishes into the mix, such as tweaking the sound of the band’s trademark banjos so that they sound arena-rock ready. But his most effective tactic here is Read more »

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