Weekly Roundup: Boston Athenaeum, The Rolling Stones, Jay Z
In the mid-1800s, the Boston Athenaeum Library was the most important art venue in Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts was just an idea. Radio Boston spoke with the curator of painting and sculpture at the Athenaeum.
The Rolling Stones have been making their special blend of music since the early 60s. And they’re still playing to sold-out crowds in huge arenas. A new book digs into their catalog of great songs.
Rapper and businessman Jay Z came up hard in Brooklyn to become a major mogul. On Point discussed his rise, impact and growing empire and heard criticism from the African American community.
Don Lee’s novel “The Collective” is a meditation on friendship and what it means to be Asian and an artist in the United States. It won the 2013 Asian/Pacific American Award for literature.
“Almost Like Christmas” is a story of racism and violence that author Joseph Heller wrote sometime between the late 1940s and early 1950s, but never published. It’s now seeing the light of day.
In Elissa Brent Weissman’s new book for young adults, “The Short Seller,” 12-year-old Lindy Sachs is bored by math until her dad teaches her how to trade on the stock market.
The new novel “The Engagements” interweaves four tales about the significance of diamonds with the real-life story of Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in the 1940s.
If you’re a fan of “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad,” you don’t want to miss this. Brett Martin joined On Point TV dramas are the “signature American art form” of the first part of the 21st century.
“The Big Lebowski” baffled critics and audiences when it came out 15 years ago, but it now has a cult following. We drop in on Lebowski Fest in Louisville, Kentucky to find out what inspires fans’ devotion.
Every year, prose writers and poets gather at Vermont College of Fine Arts for a friendly game of softball. They aren’t very good, but athletic talent is of little consequence.