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The sixth president of the United States rose before dawn for his favorite morning habit: skinny dipping

You'd think it would cause quite a stir if a US president was seen skinny-dipping the Potomac River. However, for many years, that was just part of John Quincy Adams' daily routine. Adams followed his famous father's footsteps to become the sixth president of the United States. Show More Summary

When Leaking Is an Act of Patriotism

In 1800, a newspaper report incensed supporters of President John Adams—and sparked the nation’s first major leak investigation.

John Quincy Adams on Special Revelation & Canon

John Quincy Adams, as a Calvinistic Christian, was open to the notion that John Milton, Homer and Virgil were divinely inspired along the same grounds he believed the inspired parts of the biblical canon were. He also endorsed the notion of a "partially inspired" biblical canon.

A different way to experience John Adams' music: Sitting onstage, next to the musicians

4 days agoArts : Culture Monster

John Adams  turned 70 on Wednesday. His publisher, Boosey & Hawkes, indicated there were no performances of his work that evening. Perhaps the world wanted to give him a break among the more than 500 performances he is getting this season. European capitals such as Berlin and London are offering...

John Adams, 70 today, is ‘6 minutes from the end’ of next opera

The opera, Girls of the Golden West, is scheduled at San Francisco Opera in November. The director Peter Sellars tells Richard Fairman in the FT: ‘He is six minutes from the end. I’ve heard the first half of the finale?.?.?.?The subject matter is the Californian gold rush of 1851-52 and the huge shift that happened as […]

Deconstructing the John Dory, From Whole Fish to Tasty Fillet

Good fish has no trouble speaking for itself In this episode of Fresh Catch, Eater’s weekly live lesson in all things seafood, Adam Geringer-Dunn from Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co. explains why you shouldn’t ignore the John Dory. The anatomy of the John Dory is unique, to say the least. Show More Summary

Interview: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Screenwriter Derek Kolstad on Expanding the World and Paying Homage to ‘Open Range’

In 2012, screenwriter Derek Kolstad was working on a spec script called Scorn. Soon after he finished it, three offers came in. Kolstad took the lowest offer from Thunder Road Pictures because they were adamant about making the movie as soon as possible. Show More Summary

Storytelling as predictive model checking

I finally got around to reading Adam Begley’s biography of John Updike, an it was excellent. I’ll have more on that in a future post, but for now I just went to share the point, which I’d not known before, that almost all of Updike’s...Show More Summary

John Elway: Adam Peters will be “tremendous help” for John Lynch

The 49ers hired John Lynch as their General Manager straight out of the broadcast booth, which meant that he was going to need some experienced help to ensure that things operate smoothly in the personnel department in Santa Clara. Lynch found a big part of that help in Adam Peters, who was hired as the…

John Adams Wrote An Opera About Nixon, But He Will Not Be Writing One About Trump

In a Q&A with Gabe Meline, Adams explains the difference he sees between the two men that makes the one more opera-worthy, talks about the other politically oriented work he has written and is still writing, and why his latest arrival at the airport reminded him of the '60s.

McConnell's 'Gag Rule' for Warren Echoes the Slavery Debate

Click here for reuse options! In 1836, the Jacksonian majority silenced former president John Quincy Adams for the same reason the Trump Republicans shut down the Massachusetts senator. The honor of Congress was at stake, said the esteemed legislative leader from a southern red state. Show More Summary

BrooklynVegan Blog Radio on SiriusXMU: Playlist for February 8, 2017

This week's show featured music from Magnetic Fields, Future Islands, The xx, Pond, Father John Misty, David Bazan, Ryan Adams, plus oldies but goldies from The Smiths, Bad Brainds, PJ Harvey and more. Continue reading…

John Adams: I won’t make an opera about Trump, he’s nothing but ego

From an interview with the composer on KQED: The idea of a Trump opera doesn’t interest me in the least. First of all, because so much of what he does is theater to begin with. It’s a terrible form of exploitative theater, but there’s no point in trying to make theater about theater. Furthermore, you […]

Should Scientists Engage In Activism?

By Ivan Oransky, New York University and Adam Marcus, Johns Hopkins University Have you heard that scientists are planning a march on Washington? The move is not being billed as a protest, but rather as a "celebration of our passionShow More Summary

Santa Monica middle school reopens after possible norovirus exposure

A Santa Monica middle school reopened Monday after being ordered closed late last week after a potential norovirus outbreak, officials said. John Adams Middle School officials on Friday canceled classes and closed the campus for cleaning after dozens of students came down with symptoms akin to...

John Adams accepts London post

The American composer has been named visiting professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music. press release: John Adams, one of the world’s leading composers, has joined the Royal Academy of Music faculty as a Visiting Professor. His commitment cements a relationship that began in 2012, when he conducted concerts at New York’s Lincoln […]

George Saunders Gets Inside Lincoln’s Head

Seekers of Presidential frisson cherish the synchronous deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, on July 4, 1826, a temporal thrill doubled by the date’s being the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Show More Summary

John Lithgow Bringing Some Gravitas to ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

The cast of the first Pitch Perfect already had quite the ensemble with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittan Snow and Anna Camp leading the Bellas, with Adam DeVine, Skylar Astin and Ben Platt playing Treblemakers, not to mention Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins as the dedicated a capella commentators. Show More Summary

Colin Kaepernick to opt out of deal and become free agent in March

When new coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch begun the reconstruction of the 49ers, one of their first moves will be to find a quarterback. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, 49ers starter Colin Kaepernick is opting out of his deal and will become an unrestricted free agent. According to Cam Inman of…

Classical Composers Aren't Exactly Celebrities In America - So How Did Philip Glass Become A Household Name?

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Steve Reich and John Adams have been more innovative; Michael Nyman writes Hollywood film scores, too. But Glass is the one who gets name-checked in Gilmore Girls and made fun of on The Simpsons and South Park. Why is this? Dan Ruccia has an explanation. (It's not because of Cousin Ira.)

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