Today in culture: did Sonny Rollins sabotage his own career with too much hipness? Should we rage against the machines? Did Variety lose it’s mind in 1992? Answers to these questions and more.
-Do Ask, Do Tell: Tammy S. Smith becomes the first openly gay General in the U.S. Military.
-On the mysterious brilliance of tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins: “This was the musician who had learned the art of crowd pleasing from Louis Jordan; who emerged years later from Charlie Parker’s long shadow; and who had devoured and assimilated every avant garde idiom while still remaining, ultimately, himself.”
-Gore Vidal on Italo Calvino: “Finally, I look up from the gray oblong of fresh cement and there, staring straight at me, is Calvino.”
-The unravelling of Cat Marnell.
-Molly Ringwald is back in action.
-Charlie Brooker on yelling at machines (we’ve all been there).
-With a new issue of Bright Lights Film Journal comes a new series of awesome essays–one on the endless film interpretations of Macbeth, another on Chaplin, and a Gore Vidal Variety interview that was deemed too hot to print in 1992. You’ll really want to get on that.
-J. Hoberman asks, where has the Hollywood star system gone? Or has it?