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Home Movies/Out on Digital
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novella gave us a word for masochism and inspired the Velvet Underground and Roman Polanski’s film about a theatrical production of Venus in Fur gone awry. Mathieu Amalric is the harassed director and Emmanuelle Seigner an actress at casting call. She
Books
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
After Copernicus and Galileo showed that Earth is not the center of the cosmos, it became easy to imagine our world as an ordinary speck of dust in space. Columbia University astrobiologist Caleb Scharf wonders if that is entirely true. In The Copernicus Complex, he notes that our sun is brighter
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

‘Lucy’ at the boundary of humanity

During the 1960s, behavioral scientists explored the boundary between Homo sapiens and other primates by tearing chimpanzees from their surroundings and raising them as if they were human children. The memoirs of the most notorious of those researchers, psychologist Maurice
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Ska was a subcultural phenomenon until the “2 Tone” movement swept the U.K. and spilled over into the U.S. by the end of the ’70s. The Specials led the way with bouncing rhythms and a sense of fun through their gangster poses and ’60s spy movie guitars. The Specials played party music capable of assuming urgency on
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Joe Medeiros had lots of fun making Mona Lisa is Missing—a snappy, bright investigation into the 1911 theft of the world’s most famous painting. The thief, Italian immigrant Vincenzo Peruggia, claimed patriotic motives. Looking deeper, Medeiros interviewed Peruggia’s descendants, poured