‘ARTPOP’ is a starkly naked exhibition of an artist whose brilliance is stripped away by her obsession with creativity. For all of her art, Lady Gaga’s album never really pops.
“My artpop could mean anything,” Lady Gaga sings in the title track of her new album, ARTPOP. It also, it turns out, could mean nothing at all.
The music industry’s most thoughtful, if not overthinking, superstar teased ARTPOP to be many things. On Twitter, she proclaimed it “the album of the millennium.” In an interview in England, she defined the confusing combination of “art” and “pop” as entities that have hitherto been mutually exclusive (as David Bowie, Bjork, and Madonna presumably raised a collective eyebrow) and which will be united in her album: “the dream of these two things belonging, art and pop together, but with art in the front.”
They have the traditional form, but these are no regular jogging pants. In leather and silk, and worn by stars from LeBron James to Dwyane Wade, are sweatpants really ‘the new denim’?
Sweatpants aren’t stylish. Traditionally worn by sixth-graders and jocks and those who lounge aggressively, the draw-stringed trouser is defiantly apathetic. Wikipedia says sweatpants, otherwise known as tracksuit bottoms, are “one of the most commonly worn items of clothing.” There are no statistics on this, but you know it’s true. The image on the site is unapologetically blunt: three tailgating bros holding wine glasses, smiling. Of course they are smiling. They are comfortable.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. (Noah Graham/NBAE, via Getty)
That may be why NBA players, tall men who are paid exorbitant sums of money to put a ball in a basket, are wearing these jogging pants again. In the fashion-conscious league, where the walk from the bus to the locker room has turned into a runway, it’s a counter-revolution of young millionaires doing what they want.
He is America’s greatest living playwright, but lately he’s scandalized his old friends with his right-wing views. Now David Mamet has written his first fiction—about violence and war.
David Mamet is blessed—and cursed—with an obsessively acute ear.
In his plays, films and prose—including Three War Stories his just-published trilogy of novellas concerning the degrading and/or uplifting effects of (often grisly, occasionally sadistic) martial violence on the human character—Mamet hears voices and then retransmits them after dexterous literary processing.
David Mamet. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, via Getty)
The Walking Dead's crossbow-slinging redneck doesn’t mind the fanatical obsession viewers have with him. He just really, really wanted a dog this season.
“If Daryl Dies, We Riot.”
The slogan is on T-shirts, bracelets, and posters found everywhere fine zombie goods are sold. Over four seasons, more than half of The Walking Dead’s original characters have met gruesome deaths. Fans mourn, then move on. But when it comes to the show’s crossbow-slinging, poncho-flaunting redneck Daryl, responses to his (inevitable?) death promise to be more…dramatic.
Norman Reedus. (Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC)
A messy brand extension nearly derailed her empire. Now, the loud and proud money guru is hitting back at her critics—and touting her victory over the ‘financial rape’ of the poor.
When it comes to people and their money, Suze Orman is never wrong.
That’s according to Suze Orman. In fact, around the set of The Suze Orman Show, her long-running CNBC series, Orman and her producers like to joke about what they call “Suze witching moments”—instances in which the host’s psychic intuition turns out to be eerily accurate.
Why are we so obsessed with this gang of alcoholic losers from Philly? Somewhere between huffing glue and defecating in bed, ‘It’s Always Sunny’ turned into a classic.
They’re delusional, alcoholic losers with a superiority complex. They live in filth and huff glue and do many, many idiotic things. These are the characters of television’s least stereotypical sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. And, after finishing its ninth season, it’s undeniably deserving of our praise.
The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum, in a love letter to the show, extols its unusual edginess: “In a fairer universe, it would be heralded as not merely the best sitcom on television but one of the most arresting and ambitious current TV series, period.” (It’s Always Sunny hasn’t won an Emmy.)
Conductor John Eliot Gardiner talks about the pleasures and difficulties of writing a monumental—but always accessible—biography of Johann Sebastian Bach.
It never happens often enough, but now and then, a subject gets the book it deserves. So it is with John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven, a biography so thoughtful, well-researched, and beautifully written that it should satisfy both the well-informed enthusiast and readers simply seeking to become better acquainted with a musical giant. Johann Sebastian Bach was such a protean composer that tomorrow someone could publish a completely different and equally wonderful biography. But in the real world here and now, it’s hard to imagine anyone outdoing Gardiner’s astonishing work any time soon.
Gardiner, not coincidentally, is a renowned, Grammy-winning conductor and a pioneering proponent of the period instrument movement, founder of the Montiverdi Choir and Orchestra, the Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, the English Baroque Soloists, and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. A man of parts, he also runs an organic farm in Dorset, England, where he raises cattle, sheep, and feed crops.
This week in pop culture history: the Disney Renaissance begins, Michael Jackson’s ‘Black or White’ video shocks America, and the highest grossing comedy of all time invades theaters.
The Week in Nostalgia: November 10-16
This week in pop culture history: the Disney Renaissance begins, Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” music video shocks America’s sensibilities, and the highest grossing comedy of all time invades theatres.
November 10, 1969: Sesame Street debuts on television.
In the four-hour 'At Berkeley,' Frederick Wiseman stumbles upon what may be the most financially distressed body he has seen in 50 years of documenting American institutions.
Fred Wiseman, the godfather of documentary filmmaking, has turned his attention to the public university system and fears he may have stumbled upon the most financially distressed body he has encountered in 50 years of documenting American institutions.
In At Berkeley, a four-hour examination of the University of California campus, 83-year-old Wiseman shines a light on the agonizing financial strain placed on the students, teachers, and the entire organization, which is battling to preserve its “public education” status.
One of the most talented entertainers of our time is also one of the most elusive. Elizabeth Wurtzel on why we can never really know Bob Dylan—and why we don't need to.
He is Bob Dylan and not Robert Zimmerman.
People place a high premium on the truth when all that matters is: Was it a great story? Memory is a construct, so even non-fiction is really someone doing his best at not lying–it is non-non-non-fiction. So you have to ask: Was it fun? Was it a hell of a ride? Didn’t I blow your mind this time? Was it the kind of lie that told you the truth? Bob Dylan has been making it up as he goes along for fifty years. He has been lying the whole time and it’s all true.
Bob Dylan in Woodstock, New York, 1968. (Elliott Landy/Corbis)
When Alex Gibney began filming his documentary, 'The Armstrong Lie,' Lance was a cycling god. Then the doping scandal hit. He explains how we were all fooled.
The latest film from Alex Gibney, the investigative documentarian behind We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks and the Academy-Award winning Taxi to the Dark Side, is The Armstrong Lie. The film began in 2009 as a chronicle of Lance Armstrong's comeback Tour de France after his retirement from the sport in 2005. However, when Armstrong was banned from cycling in 2012 for using performance enhancing drugs, Gibney felt it necessary to revisit his as yet-unreleased film. The uplifting story of Armstrong became a probing look at the culture of doping in professional cycling and the fall of its biggest star. Gibney sat down with The Daily Beast to talk about his relationship with Lance Armstrong and the making of the of the biggest lie in professional sports.
The Daily Beast: This film is very much about the relationship between a documentarian and his subject. How was it being so prominent a character in your own movie?
Know what Hitchcock’s “The Birds” is based on? Thought not, but you should because Daphne Du Maurier’s original story is superior and creepier in every way.
“The novel on the cutting room floor”
They are literature’s cold cases, the Missing and Presumed Dead. They are the unlucky novels and stories that inspired movies so successful that they eclipsed the originals almost completely. Some books weather a subsequent movie’s success. Gone With the Wind survives as a classic film and a classic novel. But how many people know that before it was a movie, Die Hard was a very good novel called Nothing Lasts Forever, or that Forrest Gump is based on the novel Forrest Gump?
Jessica Tandy in The Birds, 1963. (Everett Collection)
The shape-shifting star of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ has been outed by his comic-book creator. Can audiences get down with a bisexual leading man?
In Norse mythology, Loki is a shape-shifting god who enjoys the occasional turn as a woman. The gender bender doesn’t discriminate—sometimes he’s even a female animal. In fact, Loki was once mounted by a stallion. He then gave birth to an eight-legged horse.
Tim Hiddleston as Loki in Thor: The Dark World. (Walt Disney Co.)
So when comic book writer Al Ewing, who’s working on the solo story Loki: Agent of Asgard, wrote on Tumblr recently that the character would be bisexual and that he would “shift between genders,” it wasn’t a huge surprise.
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