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All About Yves: The Story of International Klein Blue

departures.com — What we talk about when we talk about "Yves Klein Blue," the shocking hue of ultramarine created by Yves Klein. In her collection Bluets, the poet and art critic Maggie Nelson writes about visiting London and seeing Propositions Monochromes, a collection of objects and canvases painted by Yves Klein in 1957.

Letter of Recommendation: Farmer in the Deli

nytimes.com — Near the northern border of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, at the corner of Myrtle and Adelphi, there is a grocery store called Farmer in the Deli, which is open all day and all night. In addition to a rather clunky pun for a name, Farmer also has a motto: "We don't make sandwiches, we build them."

On Top - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — Mariah Carey is thirty-six years old, and, barring a debilitating illness, or another movie as bad as "Glitter," her 2001 vanity project, she will likely break the world record for the most No. 1 songs before she turns forty. The Beatles had twenty, and Carey is currently tied with Elvis Presley for second place, at seventeen.

The M.C. Who Fell to Earth

newyorker.com — Anybody who reports on the arts will eventually feel the fear of crying wolf: If I tell people that I just saw the greatest thing ever, will it undo the last time I said it? How many times can you say something like that before all the claims coalesce into a weak mist of approval?

An Inescapable Voice on "Black Messiah"

newyorker.com — After more than a decade of near silence, rumors, and rampant speculation, the elusive soul singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist D'Angelo dropped "Black Messiah" on December 15th. The album was both an unexpected gift and a timely political statement that was well-received in many corners of a hungry music world.
Jan 21, 2015

Love this RT @ms_vz: Taylor Ho Bynum on back-up singer Kendra Foster's contributions to Black Messiah: newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Fade Out - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — In 2003, when I was writing for Slate, I took issue with Alex Ross's allegation, in a column for The New Yorker, that Justin Timberlake might not own a pen. (Ross's column was not, in large part, about Timberlake.) This was before Twitter, when people had to learn Movable Type and start a blog if they wanted to say ridiculous things.
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The Sleater-Kinney Solution

newyorker.com — In December, 2011, Carrie Brownstein was sitting on Corin Tucker's couch, in Portland, Oregon. Once bandmates in an indie-rock group called Sleater-Kinney, which they started in 1994 and named after a highway exit ramp in Olympia, Washington, Brownstein and Tucker hadn't played together since 2006.
Jan 12, 2015

Sweet exit. RT @sfj: Pleased and proud that my last official @newyorker column is about the mighty @Sleater_Kinney. nyr.kr/1z15iig

Why Christine McVie Came Back to Fleetwood Mac

newyorker.com — By the time Christine McVie arrived at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, in SoHo, she had been up for sixteen hours and was dying to remove her false eyelashes. "They're so heavy," she said, as she tilted her head onto her clasped hands for the benefit of her manager, who had promised her an early exit.
Jan 12, 2015

This is fantastic. Christine McVie on why she rejoined Fleetwood Mac, via @rachsyme in The New Yorker: newyorker.com/magazine/2015/…

Jan 12, 2015

“Stevie gave me this chain…It’s a metaphor…[t]hat the chain of the band will never be broken.” newyorker.com/magazine/2015/…

Jan 12, 2015

love Christine McVie as well as this quick piece about why she came back to fleetwood mac (at 71!) newyorker.com/magazine/2015/…

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Music critic Sasha Frere-Jones joins Genius

Jan 12, 2015

Music critic Sasha Frere-Jones leaves the New Yorker to join annotation start-up Genius cir.ca/news/rap-geniu… pic.twitter.com/mdEQh7IsFZ

2015-01-12 - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — A Map of Betrayal, by Ha Jin (Pantheon). Gary Shang, the protagonist of Ha's seventh novel, is a Chinese spy in America. His story is narrated by his daughter Lillian, a college professor who travels to China in search of the Chinese family her father left behind. A modest, unobtrusive...
Jan 07, 2015

#Newyorker cover=night cityscape.Art fans will also like Aet Paaro's 'Charles Street' (attchd) tinyurl.com/mjsfj3s# pic.twitter.com/k8hC1MHs5w

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Jul 29, 2015

processing the fact that I will never ever be on the Orochon Ramen Wall of Bravery

Jul 19, 2015

when celebrities post screenshots I always check their battery level first

Jul 17, 2015

Those who fell in love with Neil Young over shitty transistor radios must write him a hand-written apology and have the butcher notarize it.

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