December 18, 2013 |
Jorge Luis Borges' “The Library of Babel” is one of my favorite stories. Published in 1941, it describes a library that houses every book that has ever been written and every book that has never been written: an edifice of possibilities, “composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries.” How can this not inspire us … and also terrify us, which was part of Borges' point? In such a library, after all, the majority of books would be meaningless, nonsense conglomerations of "all the possible combinations" of letters and syllables, “tale[s]
November 25, 1986 |
Micom Systems built its business by getting computers to talk. Now it wants to get them to understand each other better. The Simi Valley-based company, trying to become a leader in one of the data communications industry's growing areas, is stepping up development of components used both to link different brands of computers and computers scattered among remote locations into smooth electronic networks. The need for better data communications systems is clear.
September 24, 2012 |
The religious overtones on Mumford & Sons' sophomore album come as no surprise. Though he's now known as the most visible figure in an international folk revival that also includes North Carolina's Avett Brothers and Iceland's Of Monsters and Men, frontman Marcus Mumford first circulated in the scene around the Vineyard, an international network of evangelical Christian churches (Mumford's parents are leaders of the community in the U.K.). So when he notes that "this cup of yours tastes holy," as he does here in "Whispers in the Dark," you figure the guy knows what holiness tastes like.
September 10, 2006 |
HE calls it "the trilogy in my trilogy," but Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu isn't just playing a clever numbers game. Do the math: The Mexican director's new film, "Babel," like his breakout hit "Amores Perros" (2000), is a unified story told in three interlocking parts. But its logistical ambitions surpass those of "Amores Perros" and his other feature film, "21 Grams" (2003), neither exactly a slacker effort.
April 15, 2007 |
ON an old studio lot outside London, a production crew began work on the movie "Sahara" in November 2003 by staging the crash of a vintage airplane. But when the film opened in theaters in April 2005, the sequence had been deleted. "In the context of the movie, it didn't work," said director Breck Eisner. The cost of the 46-second clip: more than $2 million. This kind of spending, according to accounting records, helped turn "Sahara" into one of the biggest financial flops in Hollywood history.
September 23, 1987 |
"I work like a sculptor when I work with naked people," says Maguy Marin, discussing her evening-length epic "Babel, Babel," which her company will bring to the Los Angeles Festival on Thursday and Friday at the Raleigh Studios., followed by "May B" on Saturday and Sunday. In "Babel, Babel," which is set to Mahler, to popular music from the '60s (including "Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini") and to Spanish songs, Marin's company of 12 dancers does indeed appear naked a good deal of the time.
May 24, 2006 |
Brad Pitt didn't show for the news conference here Tuesday with director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, actress Cate Blanchett and other cast members of "Babel," but everyone understood why. Pitt sent word to the Cannes Film Festival that because of Angelina Jolie's pregnancy and the "imminent arrival of the newest addition of our family" he was unable to join them in introducing the film but added that he was "tremendously proud" of it.
September 26, 1987 |
The curtain rose on "Babel Babel" Thursday night at the Raleigh Studios, and the innocent viewer thought it was Pina Bausch revisited. The stage, bathed in poetic shadow, revealed a vast grassy vista punctuated with gentle hillocks and soothing valleys. Ah, the neo-expressionist allure of phony realism. Soon, a dozen dancers, the Compagnie Maguy Marin, strolled and rolled through the verdure in ever-artful clusters, their movements defined in careful rhythmic unison.
October 2, 2012 |
The music industry has been grappling with the following question for much of the last few years: Do streaming services such as Spotify, which allow users to listen to albums for free, cannibalize sales? Leave it to a banjo-wielding English folk-rock band to provide one very loud answer. "Babel," the sophomore album from Mumford & Sons released on Glassnote Records last week, has had the biggest debut sales week of 2012, selling approximately 600,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.