Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What's making me happy

Roy Lichtenstein. Ohhh...Alright..., 1964. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Private Collection.
I stole the name of this post from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, which makes me happy itself. In addition:
  1. Alec Baldwin's new podcast, Here's the Thing. So far I've listened to conversations with Kathleen Turner, Kristin Wiig, Herb Alpert, and Dick Cavett, and there were nuggets of gold in all four.
  2. A Roy Lichtenstein retrospective will travel from Chicago to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (October 14–January 13, 2013), the first since his death in 1997. A major catalog published by the Art Institute of Chicago and distributed by Yale Press will accompany the exhibition.
  3. People often return to books and films as they age, with altered or deepened perspectives. I hadn't thought too much about doing the same with art. In the latest New Yorker (a weekly shot of which is one of life's essentials), Alex Ross discusses super-aesthete Count Harry Kessler's diary: "He writes wonderfully of the importance of revisiting the deepest works at different stages of one's life, for they will change appearance 'like medieval cathedrals at different times of day.' Make haste while you are young, he advises, or 'it is too late, and you have missed the morning light of the masterpieces.'" [Go here for a nifty Columbia U. web presentation on Monet's cathedrals series.]
What's making you happy?

9 comments:

  1. I gotta check out the Alec Baldwin podcast, I really enjoy that he always has something to say and for the most part his views are in touch with mine, he's just all loud and famous about what's on his mind. Is this a daily podcast?

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    1. I wish ... I think it's weekly. He's very well-informed and very quick witted.

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  2. Baldwin has become so well rounded in the last few years!! Had no idea about these, thanks! Currently making me happy? Discovering YOGA after all these years.

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    1. I am so going to hit you up for a guest blog on that :)

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    2. With pictures, please!

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  3. WOW Alec Baldwin is definitely stepping out is normal bubble now. I will definitely have to look him up soon!

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  4. LISTENING TO ALEX BALDWIN WHILE PLAYING SOLITARE!

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  5. Poached salmon in white wine sauce with asparagus in hollandaise sauce. C'est magnifique!

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