Like many people who’ve gone through involved lives that now infuse their art, the magnetic singer- songwriter Neko Case has a few theories about matters pertaining to herself such as playing concerts, something she has done thousands of times, and connecting with an audience.
There are about 600 versions of Adele’s Oscar-winning song Skyfall on the Spotify subscription music service. Not one of them features Adele.
The X Factor is a popularity contest where the judges are free to make unpopular decisions. It’s a competition where a cute smile and gorgeous dimples go a long way and being the “hated judge” only raises a jury member’s profile.
The X Factor is a popularity contest where the judges are free to make unpopular decisions.
Mika worries that melody comes too easily for him. The 29-year-old Lebanese singer can write pop choruses as catchy as anything performed by his heroes Elton John, the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson and Queen.
Zombies seem to be everywhere these days.
Ever since Yoon Hyuk-joo, a 16-year-old in Seoul, started playing the popular computer game StarCraft eight years ago, studying has taken the backseat. For six hours every day in dim, smoky Internet cafs known in the South Korean capital as “PC Bangs,” Yoon leads a squad of soldiers in Battlefield Online and then maims the undead in Counter-Strike: Zombies
The baffling history of mankind is full of obvious turning points and significant events: battles won, treaties signed, rulers elected or deposed, and now, seemingly, planets conquered. Equally important are the great groundswells of popular movements that affect the minds and values of a generation or more, not all of which can be neatly tied to a time and place.
Harvard professor Martin Feldstein used to tell students in his introductory economics class that economists agree on 99% of the issues in the field. From the nature of monopolies to the basic laws of inflation, Feldstein asserted, economists of all political stripes are in accord on the same principles
Since parenting so often feels like one long exercise in humiliation, in which you think you know everything until your children arrive to prove you wrong, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to find myself reconsidering my deepest beliefs about girls and their dolls, in the face of a merchandising watershed.