Non Finito | The Smart Set

The Metropolitan Museum Breuer on 75th Street and Madison Avenue (the former site of the Whitney Museum now relocated to hip new quarters downtown) currently features an exhibition that seems perfect Source: Non Finito | The Smart Set Paula Marantz Cohen: I found I often liked the unfinished works on display better than the finished ones […]

Jon Benjamin Tries Jazz

Best known as the lead voice on Bob’s Burgers and Archer, Benjamin has no expertise in jazz music. “It’s a real insult to people who try,” he says of Well, I Should Have … Learned How To Play Piano. Source: Jon Benjamin Tries Jazz We’ve loved hearing Benjamin’s voice for years on Dr. Katz and […]

A Facelift for Shakespeare

A new translation effort aims to make all of Shakespeare’s plays comprehensible to today’s audiences Source: A Facelift for Shakespeare I once interviewed an actor playing Hamlet who preferred using Shakespeare’s language in a production where the rest of the cast played a revised text. He felt the text was perfectly understandable if it was […]

Goodbyes: Irish and Serbian

This is something I used to do more in my 20s but never knew there was a name for: the “Irish goodbye,” said of someone who leaves a party without saying their farewells to the host, the other guests, etc. Also referred to, says the Slate article, as “ghosting.” A young woman in our office, who […]

Generic Corporate Promo Video

Everything You Hate About Advertising in One Fake Video That’s Almost Too Real | Adweek. Satire could be defined as “that which seeks to improve.” Or, as Dick Cavett reported George S. Kaufman saying, “Satire is what closes on Saturday night.” In the case of this video and, particularly, the McSweeney’s piece by Kendra Eash […]