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An Artist’s Descent Into Alzheimer’s

Credit: Galerie Beckel Odille Boïcos When William Utermohlen learned in 1995 that he had Alzheimer’s disease, the artist embarked on an artistic project unlike any other he’d done before: Over a period of [...]

7 TV Salary Disputes

Television salary disputes are almost as old as the Nielsen charts. Here are some examples. 1. With Friends Like These By May 2001, the original contracts of the six Friends stars had recently expired, and NBC was slated to announce its new Fall schedule to advertisers just a few days hence. Jennifer, Courteney, the two Matts, et [...]

The Late Movies: The Bo Diddley Beat

The Bo Diddley beat, counted out as a two-bar phrase, goes a little something like this: “One and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and, etc.,” but you might know it better simply as an incessant, earth-shaking “Bomp, bomp, bomp…bomp, bomp” that gets pounded out through a song [...]

11 Famous Illeists

An illeist is someone who refers to himself in the third person, as Richard Nixon famously did when, after losing the bid for the California governorship in 1962, he said, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” Today, Nixon’s sound bite is remembered as much for [...]