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arts & pop culture | Feb 13th, 2020

Pop Culture Guru Chuck Klosterman Announces New Music Podcast for Spotify

Beloved pop culture philosopher and author Chuck Klosterman is taking his sharp wit and wry observational humor off the page and onto the airwaves, with his new 12-week music podcast on Spotify. With co-host Chris Ryan of The Ringer, Klosterman will delve deep into his love of music, and the... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Jun 5th, 2017

Re-imagine the Past Decade of Pop Culture with Chuck Klosterman X: A New Selection of the Author’s Best Essays and Interviews

Klosterman’s 10th book takes us on a hilarious and intellectually thrilling tour of his favorite works from the past decade. No matter his subject—from Taylor Swift to Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant to KISS—Klosterman helps us see the present moment, and our place in it, like few other cultural critics.... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Oct 4th, 2016

"Put regular folks on TV, tell interesting stories”: Rick Mercer Report Returns Tonight

Canada’s favourite comic—the one-of-a-kind Rick Mercer—returns to CBC tonight (Oct 4) for the fourteenth season of perennial standout the Rick Mercer Report. Check out the trailer below.   Mercer, one of Canada’s sharpest political satirists, also dropped by CBC Radio’s Metro Morning to discuss... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Sep 6th, 2016

ABC Picks Up Bestselling Author Reza Aslan’s Iranian-American Family Comedy

On the heels of successful sitcoms like Black-ish and the Eddie Huang-created Fresh Off the Boat, ABC has purchased a new single-camera comedy from Lavin’s own Reza Aslan and former Friends executive producer/co-showrunner Andrew Reich.  Executive-produced by Aslan and Reich, the as-yet-unnamed... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Jun 20th, 2016

All Together Now: Choir! Choir! Choir! Profiled in The New Yorker

A new article in The New Yorker sheds light on one of our most unconventional—yet fascinating—entertainers: Choir! Choir! Choir! Tracing their humble beginnings as an impromptu choir for a birthday party to their now-viral tribute to the late David Bowie at Carnegie Hall, the feature aptly reveals... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Jan 19th, 2016

First Look: Chuck Klosterman’s New Book, But What If We’re Wrong?

Exciting news! The New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman has a new book on the way—and it’s slated for publication in June. But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past—and its topsy-turvy cover design—were unveiled yesterday by Vulture. This sharp-looking... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Jan 18th, 2016

Reclaiming Ownership of Sound: Christine Sun Kim’s New TED Talk

For TED Senior Fellow Christine Sun Kim, being born deaf could’ve meant that sound and music weren’t a part of her life. As an artist, surrounded by auditory pieces, her deafness could have meant she was barred from relationships, power, and social currency—the art world itself. But, as she... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Nov 30th, 2015

A Canadian in Hollywood: Introducing New Speaker Rob Cohen

Canada is certainly known for its stereotypes: Arctic wastelands. Igloos. Maple syrup. Uber-polite lumberjacks or hockey goons. But more commonly, it’s simply not known at all. After working in show business in L.A. for over two decades, Rob Cohen (a born-and-bred Canuck) had finally had enough. So... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Aug 8th, 2013

Disrupt The Status Quo: Alissa Quart On The Perks Of Being an Outsider

"The movie business is melting down," new speaker Alissa Quart writes in Reuters. "The film theater is dying. It’s a terrible time to be a movie studio." But, as she adds, "it’s a great time to be a movie viewer." That is, if the filmmaker can even wrangle the budget required to get the movie made.... Continue Reading →