War is Beautiful. That’s the conclusion David Shields made after analyzing 100s of New York Times front page war photos since 9/11. He says the New York Times has made war beautiful and thus are complicit.
Revenge is a major theme in Elliot Ackerman’s debut novel “Green on Blue.” The novel is told from the point-of-view of an Afghan boy named Aziz who’s seeking to avenge his brother Ali. It may seem strange to have an American tell the story of an Afghan boy, especially when that American served in the military in Afghanistan. But Ackerman told Rehman Tungekar that fighting in Afghanistan is what compelled him to tell the story this way.
Is war inevitable? Leymah Gbowee loudly and strongly says NO. And she’s got proof. In 2003, the civil war in Liberia raged on. Remember, this was a war that seemingly had no end with unspeakable atrocities on both sides. Gbowee said no more. She led the women of Liberia in a non-violent protest that ended the civil war. Not only that her efforts led to the ouster and imprisonment of the ruthless dictator Charles Taylor. And for all those efforts she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
This year we mark the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” And this is not just great jazz. This piece inspires a spiritual response in many listeners – like Steve Paulson. So he sat down with Bishop King, founder of the Church of St. John Coltrane, and with Ashley Kahn, author of “A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album” to dig a little deeper.
What is it about certain films, and certain directors, that inspires obsession? Maybe because these directors are obsessed themsleves. Like the legendary Werner Herzog, who hauled a full-scale ship over a mountain.
"The New York Times" co-chief film critic Manohla Dargis talks about the documentary, "Room 237," which features some fans who are so obsessed with "The Shining" that they've come up with their own creative interpretations of what it's really about.
Writer Jon Ronson talks about his experience as the keyboard player for Frank Sidebottom's band during the late '80s. Chris Sievey portrayed Frank by wearing a giant papier mache head on stage. And off. Ronson's experiences also inspired the new film, "Frank," which Ronson co-wrote.
Russ Meyer was a film director known for his sexploitation films full of campy humor, clever satire and women with very large breasts. Most of his movies were very successful. But "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" was not. It was a box office flop when it was originally released in August 1965. But since then, it's gone on to become a cult classic. Dean DeFino tells us why "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" is worth watching and re-watching.