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The Summer Superhero Spectacular

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig are joined by the writers of the some of the biggest superhero movies to talk about why these characters resonate. Andrea Berloff looks for the primal essence of Conan. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss the challenge of bringing Captain America to a global audience. Show More Summary

Final chapter

11 months agoArts : Parterre Box

The mighty Teatro Colón Ring cycle draws to a close, courtesy of Mike Richter‘s superb CD-ROM “El Anillo.” Wagner: Götterdämmerung, Act Two Teatro Colón, October 26, 1962 BBrünnhilde: Birgit Nilsson Siegfried: Hans Hopf Hagen: Arnold...Show More Summary

Photoplays and archetypes

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

In a wide-ranging episode, Craig and John look at a 1912 screenwriting book, Levinson's beef with the WGA, and the Periodic Table of Storytelling.

The revengening

11 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Legendary Birgit Nilsson heads a spectacular cast in the second act of Götterdämmerung, our latest treasure from Mike Richter's trove of CD-ROMs.

The Angeles Crest Fiasco

11 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel joins John and Craig to play Fiasco, resulting in a tale of art, murder and sexual blackmail in the Hollywood Hills.

Gauss PDF Interview with J. Gordon Faylor

Tan Lin: Can you tell me how Gauss PDF got started? and when exactly? Gordon Faylor: GPDF’s inaugural release came about in November 2010. By that point, I’d made a good number of friends/acquaintances in both the NYC and Philadelphia experimental poetry scenes (and elsewhere, naturally) who I thought were producing very engaging work, and [...]

Norn yesterday

12 months agoArts : Parterre Box

The final day of the Buenos Aires Ring dawns in our latest sampling from the Mike Richter's trove of CD-ROMs.

Uncomfortable Ambiguity, or Nobody Wants Me at their Orgy

12 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Nothing is cut-and-dried this week. John and Craig talk Game of Thrones rape, allegations against director Bryan Singer and the new report showing the same low employment numbers for female writers in film and TV.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Hans Haacke

12 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Hans Haacke. Haacke’s work is included in two ongoing exhibitions: “Art of Its Own Making,” which is on view at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts through August 20, and “Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art” at the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, [...]

Sleep no more

12 months agoArts : Parterre Box

The respective long slumbers of Brünnhilde and La Cieca are finally at an end as we continue "EL Anillo" from the Mike Richter collection with the third act of Siegfried.

Science Fiction: New Death

Inspired by the work of J.G. Ballard, our story looks to the bleak, man-made landscapes of the future and asks: What happens when virtual environments become indistinguishable from reality? Will our global culture allow us to choose where to live, and who will stop us? What will we do with knowledge that becomes freely available to all?

Falling back in love with your script

12 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

12 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

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

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

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?

last yearArts : 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

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

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 [...]

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