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The Late Movies: Simon & Garfunkel’s Concert in the Park

31 years ago today, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel reunited for a concert in Central Park. It was September 19, 1981, and the concert was free — the plan was to use TV and home video royalties from the performance to renovate Central Park itself, which was in bad shape at the time. [...]

The Quick 10: The Real People Behind 10 Literary Characters

We’ve learned the background of some children’s book characters here on the _floss (Eloise may have been based on Liza Minnelli, for example), but today we’re uncovering the inspiration for some characters in more adult novels. 1. Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind was distant cousins with Doc Holliday. It’s supposed that she based [...]

The Late Movies: “Video Songs” by Pomplamoose

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to have a crush on one or both of the fine young kids in the band Pomplamoose. A duo based in California, they practice a new art form called the “VideoSong” described by the band as follows: This cover is a VideoSong, a new medium with 2 rules: 1. What you see is [...]