The above clip probably offers a better introduction to this article than we ever could: "(Hank Williams) is a feller that writes just as many songs as most anybody in the country, and sings them just as well, when it comes to the country style on singing." Oh, right, and all that country singing ... More >>
In the world of 20th-century composition, George Crumb stands alone. Known for reimagining the roles of instruments in the modern orchestra and freeing the musical score itself from its rectangular bonds, he's a Pulitzer Prize winner who's whimsically written for marbles pinging among piano s ... More >>
When August Wilson died in 2005, he left behind a mammoth theatrical achievement: the Pittsburgh Cycle, a series of ten plays, with each one touching on a decade in the 20th Century. Two of these offerings -- 1985's Fences and 1989's The Piano Lesson -- earned the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and Ma ... More >>
"What was the best job you ever had? Mine was reading comics all day." That's how cartoonist Lynda Barry begins her comic-strip introduction as editor of The Best American Comics 2008, for which she chose the contents. And I suspect Art Spiegelman would agree, as I learned during a recent intervi ... More >>
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