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Falling back in love with your script

5 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John play marriage counsellor between writers and their scripts, looking at both the first spark of attraction and how to rekindle the flame when the fire has gone out.

The Monday Checklist

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

[Robert Olsen, no title, 2007. Olsen, one of America's best young painters, died on April 14. He was 44. David Colker wrote the Olsen obituary for the Los Angeles Times. See more of Olsen's work at his website and more work and related images at his Flickr stream.] 1.) Must-read review: Christopher Knight in the LAT [...]

The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Sigmar Polke

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights “Alibis: Sigmar Polke, 1963-2010? at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition is in member previews now, opens to the public on April 19 and will remain on view through August 3. The exhibition’s catalogue was published by MoMA. Joining the program to discuss the exhibition is [...]

The Crossover Episode

6 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig visit Ben Blacker's Nerdist Writers Panel for a special crossover episode, recorded in front of a live audience on April 13, 2014.

OEDIPAL LOOP DE LOOP PLUS GOOP: On Jon Rutzmoser’s shhhh! it’s poetry

In which I talk about reading shhhh! it’s poetry &  Jon Rutzmoser talks about making shhhh! it’s poetry Divya: Reading shhhh! it’s poetry 1990, Trichy, India. I watch Saturday Night Fever in a small living room. I watch Tony Manero brush his beautiful bush with a black flatback brush and blow it into the poufy arch de triomphe with his [...]

The MAN Podcast: Hans Op de Beeck

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Hans Op de Beeck. Op de Beeck’s Staging Silence (2) (2013) just concluded a run at MIT’s List Visual Art Center and opens next at MOCA Cleveland in June. Also in June, the Sammlung Goetz in Munich opens “Hans Op de Beeck,” an overview of Op de Beeck’s work [...]

Hast du Übermut?

6 months agoArts : Parterre Box

From the legendary Mike Richter collection, here's another segment of "El Anillo," act two of Siegfried from the Teatro Colón.

The Deal with the Deal

6 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig talk with WGA President Chris Keyser about the tentative deal reached between writers and the studios, and why it's more groundbreaking than it might appear at first glance.

The Monday Checklist

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

1.) Must-read review: Timothy Rub in the Wilmington News-Journal on art museums and stewardship. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of two-plus): Roberta Smith in the NYT (and from Dallas) on an ex-president’s hobby. (TJ Clark would disagree with Smith on the biographical point. His Mellon Lectures address such.) Martin Gayford in the Telegraph on Veronese and the [...]

Into the woods

6 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Continuing "El Anillo" from the Mike Richter collection, Siegfried at the Teatro Colón (not pictured).

Monet and the shiny new bridge

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

As you may have heard by now, the second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Saint Louis Art Museum curator Simon Kelly talking about “Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet,” which is on view at SLAM through July 6. Kelly co-curated the exhibition with Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art curator [...]

Draw Your Own Werewolf

6 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig delights as John gets @-napped in a Twitter thread about copyright infringement. Then they talk disruption in television, and how it affects writers.

The Monday Checklist

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

1.) Must-read review: Steven Litt in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on the condition of the Cleveland Museum of Art. 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of six): Karen Rosenberg on Maria Lassnig at PS1. Brian Phillips and Judy Murray in Grantland on Yoko Ono. Sebastian Smee in the Boston Globe on Hans Op de Beeck at the MIT [...]

The MAN Podcast: Barkley Hendricks

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Barkley L. Hendricks. Hendricks is included in the Brooklyn Museum exhibition “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties,” which examines how 66 artists addressed the civil rights struggle in their work. Curated by Teresa Carbone and Kellie Jones, the show is on view through July 6. The exhibition’s [...]

Flame on

6 months agoArts : Parterre Box

From the Mike Richter collection, Act Three of Die Walküre at the Teatro Colón, featuring Hans Hotter and Birgit Nilsson (not pictured.)

Ghosts Laughing at Jokes

6 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig talk Lab Rats, multi-cam, and what scenes might mean in their imaginary screenplay format. Craig clarifies what “spec writing” is, and when it’s permitted, both legally and ethically.

The Monday Checklist

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

1.) Must-read review: Christopher Knight in the LAT advancing Mike Kelley’s traveling retrospective with a semi-eulogy for the artist. [Image above: Kelley, More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid and The Wages of Sin, 1987. Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.] 2.) Critical thoughts (edition of five): Holland Cotter in the [...]

The MAN Podcast: Carla Klein, Nayland Blake

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Carla Klein and Nayland Blake. An exhibition of Klein’s new work opens today at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York. Klein’s work is big and painterly. She paints landscapes that are rooted in abstraction. She has had a dozen solo gallery exhibitions in Europe and in the United States, [...]

Horseplay

6 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Mike Richter's documentation of the 1962 Buenos Aires Ring continues with the second act of Die Walküre featuring Birgit Nilsson and Hans Hotter.

World-building

6 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig discuss how you create a fictional universe for your story, and the limits of how much can fit on the page. From location to language to wardrobe, choosing which details to make explicit is a crucial early decision. Too little detail and the reader doesn’t know how your story is special; too much detail and the story gets lost.

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