In The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses, Dr. Paul Koudounaris gives us an intimate understanding of the sites where bones of dead people are placed together en masse. What may seem like a gory theme for a book and photo series is actually a beautiful treatment of the culturally touchy subject of death.
If Leonard Cohen and Lana Del Rey had a secret love child, he or she might sound like Herman Dune. (Their bio is so colorful, it comes with illustrations.) A favorite of late British DJ John Peel, the French folk-pop duo stops in LA, NYC, and other cities on a micro-tour supporting Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.
Considering he was elected Class Clown in high school, it should come as no surprise that Dave Barry has since been having a long and storied career as one of America’s top humor columnists. Now, the professional funnyman has teamed up with original SNL writer Alan Zweibel for a collaborative comic novel about two suburban dads who manage to make sense of the world through humor.
While some of us are still scratching our heads wondering just how true Exit Through the Gift Shop is, filmmakers Alper Cagatay and Christopher Thompson have released their “modern-day, true-story, crime-theft, comedy-caper” documentary, How To Sell a Banksy. True to the title’s name, it follows the two as they get their hands on a Banksy and go through the motions of trying to unload it and make a profit. The documentary is available for download now.
Pairing rare highlights with ubiquitous Beatles tunes, Sir George Martin and his son Giles have put together a sonic odyssey that serves as the musical backdrop for Cirque du Soleil’s mesmerizing tribute to the Beatles: Love.
Sculptor Mark Nathan Stafford has created a delightful teapot in the form of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy from Star Trek. Plug his noodle full of leaves, let him steep, and then proceed to tilt and pour some brew out of his left ear. Yum.
As if most images of LA weren’t weird enough, now there’s a whole new crop of pictures that shed light on a gritty Los Angeles — in glorious black and white. They’re rare, archival snapshots of mid-century LA, documenting an era, landscape, and zeitgeist that no longer exist.
With the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo out on December 21, Sony Pictures has released a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” as interpreted by Karen O of the Yeah, Yeah Yeahs, Atticus Ross, and Trent Reznor.