Crazy Signs Brighten The Landscape

“The Mad World of Sign Language,” a fourth annual volume of strange signs spotted by Telegraph readers, is out now. Browse this gallery to see some of the funniest pictures from the book.

Dunne Is Making Didion Documentary

In “Blue Nights,” Joan Didion wrote: “Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory conforms to what we think we remember.” A forthcoming documentary about the life and words of Didion is hoping to capture some of those elusive memories on film and preserve them for the ages. The film, “We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live,” which takes its title from a Didion quotation, is being made by the author’s nephew, Griffin Dunne, an actor and film-maker who has teamed up with documentarian Susanne Read more »

Another New Museum For Miami

Get ready for another real-estate deal museum, this one in Miami. Somewhere on Biscayne Boulevard, art collector Gary Nader plans to build a museum for Latin American art. It doesn’t yet have a site, but it has a design by Mexican architect Fernando Romero and a collection of 600 modern and contemporary pieces Nader owns. Nader plans to pair the museum with condominiums in a $300 million residential tower. The units will go for $2 million to $20 million. Romero is the the son-in-law of Mexican multi-billionaire Carlos Slim.

“Shia LaBeouf Live”: Satire Of A Sort


This is just nuts. Inspired by the troubled actor’s recent difficulties, composer Rob Cantor and several Southern Californian arts groups have put together a satirical stage performance called “Shia LaBeouf Live.” The dramatic number, which features dancers sporting stylized LaBeouf masks, features the vocal and musical talents of Cantor himself, as well as the Argus Quartet, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir. If that wasn’t all strangely entertaining on its own, the twist at the end sees LaBeouf as the sole audience member applauding the performance for all he’s worth.

“Out Of The Woods” Meets “Circle Of Life”

Taylor Swift’s non-offensively generic pop album (that hasn’t even officially released yet) is just ripe for everyone else’s projections, and today has produced one remix that has melded together the queen of cats with the movie all about really big cats. (Listen here.) With its similar power ballad tone, it was probably inevitable that Swift’s “Out of the Woods” would be remixed with “The Lion King“’s “Circle of Life,” courtesy of mash-up master Chambaland. Get ready though; this will probably be the beginning of the long Taylor Swift remix train ride once “1989″ officially hits shelves Oct. 27.

How Mrs. Tolstoy Answered Her Husband

Of Sofiya Tolstoy (pictured), the wife of novelist Leo Tolstoy, Sophie Pinkham writes: ‘There are two novellas by Sofiya: “Whose Fault?,” the story of a jealous husband who murders his innocent wife, and “Song Without Words,” about a depressed married woman who becomes obsessed with a composer and his music, and eventually checks herself into a ‘nerve clinic.’ “Song Without Words” is a response to [her husband's] “The Kreutzer Sonata“; “Whose Fault?” is a systematic rebuttal.”’

The Futuristic Lessons Of Dr. Funk

James Guida writes: ‘In 1976, George Clinton, funk music’s inadvertent impresario, got his spacecraft. On its maiden voyage in New Orleans, the ship, a staggered aluminum cone flanked by eyeball-like lights, emerged midway through a performance by Clinton’s twin bands, Parliament and Funkadelic. Summoned from the heavens by the singing of Glenn Goins, the vehicle’s door opened to release Clinton, a.k.a. Dr. Funkenstein. The timing Read more »