Ain’t It Cool News

Radio stations with what you could call high culture programing are an ever more endangered species. Things have gotten so bad recently that it’s rumored that the New York Times Company may sell WQXR-FM, New York’s only full time classical music station. But sometimes there’s good news, green shoots of growth as Ben Bernanke might call …

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T-Pain to Rock You Like a Cop, Live-Action-Style

Adult Swim has hit upon the inspired, or perhaps insane, idea of producing a live-action episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. I bring you this news mostly for the excuse to run a picture of Frylock—who will be played by rapper T-Pain—atop this blog.

The episode, which airs May 31, features Jon Benjamin as Master Shake and an …

The Time 100: The How and Why

This morning my distinguished publication unveiled the annual Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. I have something to do with the selection of the artists and architects who make the list, so I thought I’d explain some of the thinking that led to this year’s choices.

The first thing to be said is that in a time of …

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The TIME 100, The Tuned In Seven or Eight

If my employer is going to go through the trouble of creating an enormous promotional franchise like the TIME 100, I’ll be damned if I’m not going to get at least a blog post out of it.

The list is up. I should say up front that I had little to do with choosing it, other than throwing in my picks for the massive initial list of …

The End of the World As We Know It

There was a piece in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week in which Rem Koolhaas was asked if he thought the recession-related slowdown in new building construction was something more — something like “the ending of an architectural era.”

Here’s what Koolhaas replied:

“I don’t even know about the word ‘downturn’. It’s seems …

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Cable News' First 100 Days

Today, of course, news organizations like this one are in overkill mode dissecting President Obama’s first 100 days in office. The broadcast and news networks will all be covering tonight’s Presidential press conference (except Fox network, which will mark Tim Roth’s first 100 days in Lie to Me). While we’re at it, though, we might ask: …

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The Morning After: That Which Was Not American Idol

I’ll be honest: I watched last night’s Fringe while simultaneously finishing up my American Idol reviews. If there are any references to the Pattern in my assessment of Allison Iraheta, I apologize. To the 33% of my attention I was focusing on it, however, it didn’t seem to need a separate Fringe Watch, so feel free to dissect it here. …

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