Hong Kong — August 16th, 1965 — A young reporter for the Hong Kong ‘American’ sits in heavy thought at his desk. He faces the toughest assignment to come along yet in his twenty-nine-year-old life. Early the next morning, William C. White, an American soldier who defected to Red China during the Korean War, will return from China and surrender himself to the American consul in Hong Kong. The writer is Steve Dunleavy . His assignment: to get an exclusive interview with White. Wide-open newspaper competition is nothing new to Steve, who dropped out of school at age fourteen to start newspaper work in his native Sydney, Australia. Once, when he and his father worked on competing papers in Sydney, young Steve slashed his father’s tires to beat him on a story. His father retaliated by locking Steve in a laundry room at the scene of a crime. Steve sits, chain-smoking du Mauriers and pondering all the possible angles to get to White before the competition. He obviously can’t get … [Read more...] about Steve Dunleavy: The Writer They Call Mr. Blood and Guts
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In conversation with the band Crumb , the word “fluidity” comes up often. First, when they talk about recording their second album, Ice Melt , in Los Angeles. “As a place, it looks one way, but it may actually be another way,” singer-guitarist Lila Ramani muses. “It looks so serene and peaceful, but to me, there’s an underlying darkness and hellscape energy to it.” There’s also the group’s more metaphysical preoccupation with liquid. “I feel like we were exploring a lot of water imagery,” multi-instrumentalist Bri Aronow says. “Just being more fluid in thought, challenging your beliefs, challenging yourself.” This concern with water quickly made its way into the recording process. Immediately after Bri finishes their answer, bassist Jesse Brotter eagerly recounts a technique the group employed in the studio: “We’d take a microphone, put a condom on it, put that in a bucket filled with water, and then play a sound source at the water, so you would get a slight underwater … [Read more...] about Psychedelic Indie-Rock Band Crumb Comes Back Down to Earth
SAG-AFTRA has launched a new digital platform that will allow members and third-party witnesses to report incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace, which will also allow the union to track repeat offenders. During a press conference today, the union also unveiled new standards for the training, registration and continuing education of intimacy coordinators who oversee sex scenes in films and TV shows. The union said that these two initiatives are the latest in its efforts to “change industry culture and eliminate harassment.” With the launch of SAG-AFTRA Safe Place, members and witnesses can file confidential reports of sexual harassment that will be handled by the union’s Equity & Inclusion team, who are trained in trauma awareness and will work with the user to determine the best course of action and provide additional resources. Those who file reports can do so anonymously if they prefer. The union said that many of those who took part in the testing of the platform … [Read more...] about SAG-AFTRA Launches Sexual Harassment Reporting Site & New Standards For Intimacy Coordinators
My organization once produced a series of dinners on a houseboat in London for a dear friend, Patrick, whose business serves the hotel industry. We held a dinner for a different group each evening — all set on a boat just off the River Thames. The first two dinners were phenomenal; they followed our recipe perfectly. But because of a guest’s powerful story, the third was unforgettable. Picture the setting for a moment: We’re enjoying a meal on a houseboat in the shadow of the Tower Bridge, right around the bend from Borough Market, a famous foodie destination near Shakespeare’s Globe. A spectacular setting is a bonus, but the key ingredient in our dinners is our signature question: “If you could give credit or thanks to one person in your life you don’t give enough credit or thanks to, who would that be?” Related Stories Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis Just Made it Harder to Vote in Florida The Rock Launches Music-Inspired Workout Gear Collection With Under Armour … [Read more...] about How to Turn Fear Into Gratitude
“I feel like there are more reasons to be excited about improvised music today than at any time during my 41 years on the planet,” the jazz critic Nate Chinen tells Rolling Stone . He has a point, and you don’t need to be a diehard fan of the genre to appreciate it. Crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington and Esperanza Spalding are receiving generous mainstream attention, alongside innovators like pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Meanwhile, Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and others are seamlessly fusing hip-hop, R&B and electronica with their jazz mastery, introducing elements of a century-old art form to new audiences. And five nights a week on national television, Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste showcases his ebullient New Orleans spirit alongside Stephen Colbert. In short, the contemporary jazz scene is bursting with promise — but how did we get here? See Also Review: Kamasi Washington's New … [Read more...] about What’s Behind the New Jazz Resurgence?