An artist named Josh Dorman emailed me from New York a month or two ago. He told me that he used to listen to music while he worked, but he'd spent the past few months listening to nothing but The Sound of Young America.
Podcasts are popular among those working in visual fields, especially lonely ones where people work solo and crave human voices. I do get an email like this from time to time, and it's always nice to hear. Not usually, though, am I so struck by the work. Dorman's paintings are beautiful, a sort of visual wunderkammer, with archaic illustration aesthetics and painting techniques getting all mixed up with maps and print and gorgeous palettes.
His show, Lost Divers, runs for about another month at Mary Ryan Gallery in New York. They're at 527 W. 26th St., and they're open pretty regular hours. I wish I was in NYC so I could take a look in person.
Over at my other website, Put This On, we just posted this video. Our intrepid correspondent Dave Hill visited New York Fashion Week, and returned with this fascinating report.
Seriously: you want to watch this.
The hot new things in NYC rap barely sound like NYC rappers. Song's pretty solid, though. Can't front on that.
If you're not up on the Fania All-Stars, you need to get up.
Our pals The Internets Celebrities are taking on New York City in their new video series I.C. NYC.
Above: they take on the Chinese New Year parade (and dollar dumplings). Below, they take on Coney Island's polar bear swim (and whether black people swim in it).
I rate all of this at A++.
Judge John Hodgman decides the case of a couple who disagree: do parentheses have a place in fiction?
Recorded live at The Talent Show in Brooklyn with guest bailiff Elna Baker.
I'm interviewing Ronnie Spector in a few minutes for our holiday - she's got a new EP out called Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever. I'd never heard this great track she cut with Bruce Springsteen in the late 70s. There's never been another voice like Ronnie's, right? Amazing.
Our close personal friend Mr. John Hodgman is taping his first-ever television pilot in New York tomorrow (Tuesday). The show will feature another friend of ours, The Great Sarah Vowell, as well as Nick Mangold, who is a New York Jet.
The venue seats 1700 (!) people, so John &co need as many folks to come as they can. You can find time and location details here. You simply need to send an email to an email address, then show up.
If you live in New York Or Environs, and you don't go, then I will put it simply: YOU ARE A TURKEY AND A FOOL.
Our boys The Internets Celebrities didn't just release a new film last week... they also got profiled in The New York Times. If you're not on board the Dallas and Rafi train, hurry your ass up, because this thing is leaving the station.