June 17, 2012 |
A Hologram for the King A Novel Dave Eggers McSweeney's: 328 pp., $25 More than any other writer of his generation, Dave Eggers is a brand. The 42-year-old author is accomplished in many fields - he's the founder of McSweeney's, a successful independent publishing house and innovative literary journal that grew out of a still-vital humor website. He's the head of the multi-city literacy nonprofit 826, which is partly supported by whimsical storefronts like the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store.
March 29, 1987 |
From photography, you get photographs. From holography, you get holo grams. Don't expect logic from science. I knew what holograms looked like, from museum shows. They looked like ghostly apparitions in thin air--pallid faces, three-dimensional and true to life down to the last hair; locomotives that charged out of frames; telescopes with eyepieces, fabricated only of light, that jutted 13 inches out of walls. They seemed miraculous and slightly scary.
August 12, 1990
I certainly enjoyed the July 15 cover story on "Quantum Leap." Being a sci-fi fan, this show immediately was appealing to me. It has mystery, romance, science fiction and humor. The latter is provided by the interaction between Sam (Scott Bakula) and Al (Dean Stockwell). I am glad the series was renewed and will be presented on Friday (at 8 p.m.). Now if its time slot could be at 9 p.m., that would be even better. But it doesn't matter; I watched the series every night it aired during "Quantum Leap" week.
April 23, 2012 |
Ask anyone who attended both weekends of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival what the big difference was between the events, and you'll likely end up talking about the weather. The festival, which kicked off April 13 and featured 140-plus artists, expanded from one weekend to two this year for the first time in its 13-year history. Although the lineup of artists - from the Black Keys to Radiohead to Snoop Dogg andDr. Dre - was identical each weekend, the same could not be said of the weather.
July 28, 2013 |
Whether it's a life - size hologram or a smart garden, the latest start-ups and creative visionaries are placing their projects on Kickstarter to raise money. The online funding platform enables ordinary people to financially back projects through crowd sourcing. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline, and if people like it, they can pledge money to make it happen. Many people pledge funds because they're inspired by new ideas. Others seek the rewards - a copy of what's being made, a limited-edition item or a custom experience related to the project.
February 3, 2013 |
Few lips in 2013 have been as scrutinized as Beyoncé Knowles'. On Sunday evening during the Super Bowl halftime show, while the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers were recovering from an hour of head-bashing action, Knowles' lips and the ringing, pitch-perfect voice behind them were the focus of a national drama that had unfolded in the weeks prior. Drama and halftime shows: not your usual combo. Last year's tension, after all, was mostly centered on how well Madonna would market her forthcoming record.