The Tangent

Going off on pop culture

Tracy Morgan: 'I wanna be honest with my audience. By any means necessary.'

Here's the book trailer for Tracy Morgan's forthcoming autobio, "I am the New Black." It looks like it's going to be very interesting. And I don't think I've ever seen Morgan so serious about anything before. Certanly not in in this "Dumplin' Butt" video....

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Art History: Monet's Waterlilies

Photo by Suzanne Hulme

‘Water Lilies,’ 1914-1926, by Claude Monet.At MoMA.

“The subject of the water lilies is one that obsessed him for the last 25 years of his life,” said curator Ann Temkin about Monet. Here she explains this painting.

The canvas“The triptych is vast; it’s over 40 feet long when you take the three paintings together....

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Jonh Krasinski talks DFW, 'Brief Interviews'

John Krasinski is best known for his portrayal of under motivated “Office” worker Jim Halpert, but in real life the actor has plenty of passion. Especially when discussion his recent film adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.”

“[Wallace] has legions of fans not only because he’s an incredible writer, but I...

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Patrick Duffy and the Crab talk ANTM

What is this! Apparently this is a regular series, where Patrick Duffy talks to a crab. It's really funny. Enjoy....

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Lebowski Fest 2009

So we're right in the middle of Lebowski Fest. I went Tuesday night to the movie party and last night to bowling at Lucky Strike.

Tuesday was the screening at Terminal 5, and I've got to say, this is the way to watch a movie: on a big screen with an enthusiastic crowd and a steady stream of White Russians. Ideally those White Russians wouldn't have cost nine dollars a pop, but such...

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The Boosh talk to The Onion

There's a great interview with my favorite Brits, Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, over at the AV Club.

A quote:NF: We get excited about specific things. When Julian played Bryan Ferry, we fought to give him blue eyebrows. I don’t know why, but it seemed to work.JB:Bryan Ferry had blue eyes, and we said, “We could put in blue contact lenses,” but we didn’t...

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Cosby moment: Theo's Holiday

It's been a while since we've had one of these, but in honor of the 25th anniversary of "The Cosby Show" this week, here is my favorite episode:

Part two, part three....

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Interview with 'No Impact Man'

With all the dire news reports and increasingly pessimistic scholarship about our environmental future, the natural human inclination is to do everything possible to put a stop to the steady stream of destruction.

Yet the realities of everyday life in modern America, with its proliferation of disposable goods, multiple forms of electronics and other conveniences, make it hard to have...

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Listening to literature

Born about 15 years ago, the audio book industry was a niche area of publishing, home mostly to recordings of self-help and business books. These days, however, audio books are booming in the publishing world, with every major fiction and non-fiction title released in the medium.

Though a relatively new idea, compared with the history of words on paper, audio books tap into something ingrained...

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Trudie Styler on 'Crude'

In addition to speaking with Joe Berlinger, director of “Crude” — a documentary about the ongoing lawsuit filed against by natives of the Ecuadorean Amazon against Chevron for allegedly polluting their waters and land — for Thursday’s paper, I conducted an email exchange with Trudie Styler, producer/actress/wife of Sting, whose outreach efforts feature prominently...

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