2008 MacArthur “Genius” Grants Awarded

The 2008 MacArthurs were just announced. And one goes to Alex Ross, the New Yorker music critic who recently published The Rest is Noise, a widely praised work that makes sense of 20th century classical music. Below we have Ross talking about his musical background, the New York music scene and the general gist of his book.

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Michael Moore’s New Film (Slacker) Now Free Online

Just a quick reminder. Starting today (September 23), you can download Michael Moore's new feature film - Slacker Uprising - via the web for free. This is unfortunately only available to US and Canadian residents, and it will remain free for three weeks. You can get more info and download the film here.

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The New York Times Picks Five Online Lectures

In case this got lost over the weekend I am bumping it back up: The New York Times has a piece running this weekend that surveys the landscape of online university lectures. (Get a jumbo list of free courses here.) Along the way, they focus on five lectures that "no one should miss." They are as follows:

1.) Walter H. G. Lewin, Powers of 10 (M.I.T.)

2.) Randy Pausch, Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams (Carnegie Mellon)

3.) Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational (Duke and M.I.T.)

We posted this one below.

4.) Langdon Hammer, Modern Poetry (Yale)

5.) Christine Hayes, Introduction to the Old Testament (Yale)

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Chris Rock on Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin and Shooting Moose

Because it's election season and Rock cracks me up ...

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Live Performances at AOL Sessions

Courtesy of Metafilter:

"AOL Sessions has live videos from more than 150 different artists specially recorded for the series. Here are just a few of the artists on offer: Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Modest Mouse, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Sarah McLachlan, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, and more. To the left of the videos there's a Q&A link that has short interview videos with the artists as well as behind the scenes footage and longer interviews."

Beatboxing Flute

To the tune of the Inspector Gadget Theme. So far viewed 14.5 million times. Pretty amazing. Take it away (and check out the musician's CD here) ...

Added to our YouTube playlist.

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Philip Roth’s New Novel: Read The First Chapter

Philip Roth's latest is out. And, as one reviewer described it, the novel, like his last two, is "ruthlessly economical and relentlessly deathbound." You can read the first chapter of Indignation here for free. Or, buy the novel here.

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