Movies: “The Circle” has high tech, Emma Watson, Tom Hanks…”How To Be A Latin Lover“: Is this for real? TV/Streaming: Time to catch up with “Home Fires” on Sunday…And don’t forget the premiere of “My Cat from Hell.” Music: The “Hamilton” cast album has now been on the Billboard Top 200 chart for 82 weeks. Books: I like the title, but I’m not sure I’d buy it: “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.” Sports: The Mets are struggling with injuries, the Rangers look shaky against the Senators — the Yankees, who are showing some pop again, are the only NY team that gives me hope. Finally: Every week a friend or acquaintance tells me he or she has stopped watching all TV news: thanks, Mr. Hundred Days!
SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) announces its third annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city. This year, 20% of the communities on the most-vibrant list appear for the first time – a total of eight new communities, including one new state, Alaska.
About the news that director Ivo van Hove will direct Cate Blanchett next year in a stage adaptation of the peerless 1950 movie “All About Eve,” I will say only two things: 1) Blanchett is capable of anything; and 2) If van Hove deconstructs this story as he has most classics (“The Crucible,” “The Little Foxes,” “A View from the Bridge”) the results will be disastrous. “All About Eve” is essentially a comedy of manners and if you remove the codes of behavior the effect will be monumentally unfunny. If van Hove does drain away the wit, perhaps the show should be retitled “All About Evil.”
Katy Perry has served up a tasty collaboration. For the second track off her upcoming album, the Grammy-nominated singer has joined forces with the on-the-rise hip-hop group Migos for “Bon Appétit.” The song comes almost three months after Perry debuted “Chained to the Rhythm,” which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. On Wednesday, it was announced she will be the musical guest for Saturday Night Live‘s season 42 finale. Composed of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff, the Atlanta-based Migos has seen their profile rise to new levels over the last few months. The first single off their hit album Culture, “Bad and Boujee,” became an internet sensation and topped the Billboard charts.
Rolling Stone shares: ‘Four year ago this month, the greatest voice in country music was forever silenced with the death of the inimitable George Jones. With a singing career that spanned more than six decades, Jones was one of the most prolific country hitmakers of all time, reaching Billboard’s Number One country singles spot 13 times. He also had a string of almost-chart-toppers, with eight songs that stalled at the Number Two position. One of those, a 1980 single called “I’m Not Ready Yet,” contains the poignant opening lines “Well I always said someday I was gonna leave you / Some April when all the land is wet.”‘
Alvaro Enrigue writes: ‘It was late December when Alex Webb asked me to write a piece for a book that collected thirty years of his photographs of Mexican streets. I remember it because my family and I were trying to cut as short as possible the New York winter by spending a month in Tepoztlán—a town forty-five minutes from Mexico City. I was familiar with Webb’s work on the Mexico-US border and found the project exciting because of his unusual way of looking at the country we both love: his superb pictures are all about the way in which the brutal light of Mexico casts a shadow on what one would rather not see. Webb is a master of color, but satisfied, too, to leave things in the darkness.’
Granta has issued a list of the Best of Young (Under-40) American Novelists. Judged by authors Patrick DeWitt, AM Homes, Kelly Link, Ben Marcus, and publisher Sigrid Rausing, the list turns out to have a majority of women writers (13 to nine men). It is also diverse. The most striking thing about the list is how little its inhabitants might be said to have in common, as writers. Stylistically, they run the gamut, from a lyrical realist such as Emma Cline to an absurdist-complete-with-font-size changes such as Jesse Ball. We also have traditionally a “ambitious” novelist here, one who bit off a larger subject than he could chew: Garth Risk Hallberg, whose much-hyped City on Fire was a big tower of Babel kind of book. In Yaa Gyasi, too, we have someone working in the familiar mode of the big historical Read more »