Standing soberly beside Donald Trump on Friday morning, as cameras recorded them preparing to enter Trump’s peach-colored Florida country club, Xi Jinping mustered only a Mona Lisa smile. It seemed to contain the question that unites more than a few around the world these days: How, in God’s name, did we get here—and where are we going?
Joe Swanberg, whose new film, “Win It All,” opens today—on Netflix only—is one of the most prolific modern filmmakers because he thinks in stories the way that painters think in images or musicians think in sounds. If stories are melodies, Swanberg is the most prodigious melodist working in movies today, and “Win It All” reveals the deep originality lurking within tunes that strike the ear with a deceptive simplicity.
I’m not generally a rabid TV consumer, but I couldn’t get enough of HBO’s feminist thriller “Big Little Lies,” whose pitch-perfect finale, on Sunday night, was dampened only by the crushing knowledge that there were no more episodes to come. Or are there? The series’ director, Jean-Marc Vallée, says no, but Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, who adapted “Big Little Lies” from a novel by Liane Moriarty, have already picked up the rights to “Truly Madly Guilty,” Moriarty’s newest novel. In the meantime, a cottage industry of behind-the-scenes “Big Little Lies” content has sprung up online to slake your every curiosity about the show. Another consolation prize: HBO announced that its adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend,” the first novel in Elena Ferrante’s stunning Neapolitan series, will go into production this summer.
In 1959, not long after the Soviets’ Sputnik launch astonished and terrified the nation, Dwight Eisenhower named George B. Kistiakowsky, a Harvard chemist, to the position of Presidential science adviser. Jerome Wiesner, who would later become the president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sat on the Presidential science-advisory committee. Kistiakowsky was a Republican and Wiesner a Democrat. They met with the President every month.
The United States launched a missile strike in Syria on Thursday, in response to a chemical-weapons attack this week by the Syrian regime that killed dozens of civilians. Below, New Yorker writers offer some initial reactions to the news.
Shortly before his retrospective opened at the Guggenheim, in 2011, Maurizio Cattelan (seen above, in a recent self-portrait) announced his retirement. Then, ever the prankster, he hung virtually all of his sculptures midair, by ropes, in the museum: he killed his career. “Be Right Back,” Maura Axelrod’s documentary about the irreverent Italian artist, which opens at the newly refurbished Quad Cinema on April 14, includes footage of that show. Meanwhile, Cattelan has unretired—last year, he installed a solid-gold toilet in a Guggenheim rest room.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s Powerful Personal Style
Source: Cultures & Arts