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Outros needed

Every episode of Scriptnotes starts with the same five notes: Beginning with episode 98, every episode ends with a new listener-created outro, each one a variation on that same five-note theme. We’ve had some amazing outros, both because our listeners are geniuses and the basic melody is so adaptable. You can hear all of them […]

So Many Questions

John has questions about the questions Craig answered on his Reddit AMA, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg as we answer six great listener questions.

Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’: Before and after

Tomorrow the J. Paul Getty Museum will place Jackson Pollock’s great Mural (1943) on view. For the last 20 months the painting has been undergoing conservation at the Getty Conservation Institute. The painting — which measures nearly 20-feet-by-eight-feet — is in the collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Mural is the first Pollock painting [...]

The Monday Checklist

1.) Must-read review: Mark Lamster in the Dallas Morning News on Rice University’s planned demolition of ‘The Art Barn.’ 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of seven): Mark Stryker in the Detroit Free Press with a think-piece on the past and future of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Christopher Lyon in Hyperallergic on Doug Wheeler at New [...]

The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Catherine Yass

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Catherine Yass. Her large-screen projection Lighthouse (2011) is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the exhibition “Fluid Motion.” The installation, which will remain on view through June, was curated by Al Miner. Later this year Lighthouse will go on view at the Museum of Modern [...]

Fifty Shades of Gré

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From Mike Richter's CD-ROM "El Anillo," here is radiant soprano Gré Brouwenstijn in the first act of Die Walküre as performed at the Teatro Colon in 1962.

Groundhog Day

John and Craig pay their respects to Harold Ramis with an episode devoted entirely to Groundhog Day.

The Monday Checklist

1.) Must-read review: Christopher Knight in the LAT on “Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology,” at the Hammer Museum. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of three): Philip Kennicott in the Washington Post on how the Corcoran is going away just as its mission becomes more critical than ever. Karen Wilkin in the Wall Street Journal [...]

The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Futurism

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights “Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. It is the first overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States. It’s on view through September 1. My guest is Guggenheim curator Vivien Greene, who organized the show. Greene’s previous [...]

The Contract between Writers and Readers

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig look at the implicit contract made between screenwriters and readers -- and ultimately, movies and their audience. That's a natural introduction to our Three Page Challenge and the three new entries we look at this we...

The Monday Checklist

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

1.) Must-read review: David Pagel in the Los Angeles Times on Oscar Murillo. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of eight): Karen Rosenberg in the NYT on Laure Prouvost at the New Museum. Robin Cembalest in ARTNews on how artists have turned art historical data into art. Jessie Wender in The New Yorker on photographers’ self-portraits. Seven artists [...]

The MAN Podcast: Detroit’s ‘new’ Murillo

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast will spotlight the re-discovery of a devotional painting by Spanish master Bartolome Esteban Murillo. The painting is The Infant St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness (ca. 1670, below right). For the last eight decades or so, the painting has been on view in a corner of a living room [...]

Miss Right

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

A particularly delectable treat from the Mike Richter trove: Wolfgang Sawallisch conducts a 1985 performance of Arabella at the Bayerische Staatsoper, featuring Lucia Popp and Wolfgang Brendel.   Strauss: Arabella München – 9 January...Show More Summary

Procrastination and Pageorexia

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John get in your head to talk procrastination, pageorexia and generalized anxiety. They also move beyond the psychopathology to discuss all the changes in the industry, from cable mergers to lawsuits to disruptive technologies. You’re not as paranoid as you think you are.

The Tuesday Checklist

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

1.) Must-read critical take: Ed Schad in the Brooklyn Rail on how the joy of looking > the ‘joy’ of theory. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of four): Jason Farago in BBC Culture on how love is making a comeback in contemporary art. Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times on the many threads that come together [...]

Ah, je les écoute sans cesse

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

For your racionative pleasure, cher public, here's an epistolary quiz in honor of the Met's new production of Werther: 13 artists share Charlotte's "Ces lettres! Ces lettres!" scena from Massenet's opera.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast: David Bates

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features David Bates. It was taped in front of a live audience on February 11 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Bates is the subject of a two-museum retrospective on view at the Nasher Sculpture Center and MAMFW. Both shows are on view through May 11. The Nasher [...]

Vieni a mirar la cerula

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

More Verdi from the Mike Richter collection, this time from CD-ROM SFO-02, a performance of Simon Boccanegra featuring Ingvar Wixell and Kiri Te Kanawa.

Period Space

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig tackle the greatest controversy in screenwriting: how many spaces to put after the period. From there, it’s follow-up on the Final Draft episode, including some behind-the-scene details.

The Monday Checklist

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

1.) Must-read review: Karen Rosenberg in the NYT on Michael Snow in Philadelphia. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of five): Philip Kennicott in the Washington Post on Virginia’s Natural Bridge becoming a state park. Hrag Vartanian in Hyperallergic on the possible relationship between Arshile Gorky and Sochi, Russia. Martin Filler in the New York Review of Books on [...]

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