News: Sinatra, The Strokes, Salman & More

A NEW SINATRA BIO: James Kaplan has just published a new biography on Frank Sinatra called Frank: The Voice. Geoffrey O’Brien has written a long review, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” in The New York Review of Books. Kaplan focuses on Sinatra’s early days and tries to understand how this talented, but solitary singer captivated millions. If O’Brien’s article makes you long for a little Sinatra on your stereo, I highly recommend these recordings: Come Fly with Me (a concept album that contains songs about traveling), Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and In the Wee Small Hours (arguably the best album Sinatra made).

SALMAN RUSHDIE WORKING WITH SHOWTIME: Deadline reports that writer Salman Rushdie is writing a script for a Showtime drama called Next People, which explores contemporary American life.

A NEW ALBUM BY THE STROKES: The Strokes’ greatly anticipated fourth album, Angles, comes out today. Melena Ryzik recently published a long profile of The Strokes in The New York Times.

A NEW VENUE FOR CREATIVE NON-FICTION: Amazon is now offering novella-length, creative non-fiction for the Kindle. Kindle Singles, as the new micropublishing venture is called, will sell for $2-$3 each. Each article will run between 5,000 and 30,000 words. You can read more about the venture in Wired or in Virginia Heffernan’s final column in the New York Times Magazine. This could be a good development freelance, investigative journalists, who are finding it harder and harder to make a living through traditional media outlets. Is it possible that e-books and micropublishing will revive long-form journalism, as well as short fiction? These forms seem to be a perfect fit for e-readers, mobile phones, and the iPad. I can’t think of a better way to spend time waiting at the airport or on that long subway ride to work.

FRENCH CINEMA: The Guardian is offering its readers “A Short History of French Cinema.” The article includes complete footage of Georges Méliès’ landmark film, A Trip to the Moon. This important work has influenced everyone from The Smashing Pumpkins to Caldecott Medal winner Brian Selznick.

THE BELIEVER AWARDS: The Believer has just announced their picks for The Believer Book Award and The Believer Poetry Award. The winners will be announced in the next issue of the magazine, along with readers’ picks for the best books and poetry of 2010.

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I’ve spent almost 20 years helping thousands of successful artists of all disciplines and working to make the arts more accessible. (One friend likes to call me “the arts enabler.”) From 1999-2012 I worked at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist colony, but I've also done time at an arts magazine, a library, an art museum, and a raptor rehabilitation center. In May of 2012 I left MacDowell to pursue writing, speaking, curating, and creative projects full-time. In 2015 I was named a “Top 100 Artist, Innovator, Creative” by Origin magazine. I've appeared as an arts and culture commentator on New Hampshire Public Radio, and in 2017 I was the recipient of the Wampler Art Professorship at James Madison University. I am the founder of the Gwarlingo Salon series, which connects artists like DJ Spooky with rural audiences in the Monadnock region. In 2017 my collaborator Corwin Levi and I will publish our first book, Mirror Mirrored, which combines Grimms’ fairy tales with vintage illustration remixes and the work of contemporary artists like Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Amy Cutler. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but have called New Hampshire home since 1999. My studio is located in the historic, mill village of Harrisville. I miss fried okra, the early southern spring, and restaurants that stay open past 9:00 p.m., but rural life agrees with me. In New Hampshire I can see the stars, go kayaking or snowshoeing, watch bald eagles fish in the lake, and focus on my creative work in silence. I no longer have to worry about traffic jams; deer, wild turkeys, and frost heaves are the primary road hazards here. Although I live in the country, I’m fortunate enough to be part of a vibrant arts community that extends beyond this small New England village. The quiet days are punctuated by regular travel and frequent visits to museums, theaters, readings, arts events, lectures, and open studios around the country. (You can read my full CV here.) Thanks for visiting Gwarlingo. I hope you'll be in touch.