June 7, 2013 |
Back in 2007, Elliott Holt was the recipient of a curse: New York Magazine deemed the young writer one of its "Stars of Tomorrow. " In Manhattan's claustrophobic literary world, expectations were immediately raised and daggers surely sharpened. Holt's debut novel, "You Are One of Them," has finally arrived, and it turns out to be an odd hybrid of bildungsroman and thriller, borrowing as much from the coming-of-age stories of Judy Blume as it does from the spy novels of John le Carré.
September 20, 2012 |
Just a couple weeks after the closing of its 2012 "Made in L.A. " biennial, the Hammer Museum has chosen curators for its 2014 event. The museum has tapped two independent writer-curators who live in L.A.: Karin Higa and Michael Ned Holte. Higa made her name here as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum from 1992 to 2006, serving as senior curator for a good part of that time. Her shows included a survey of contemporary Asian American art organized with the Asia Society of New York and a retrospective of artists Bruce and Norman Yonemoto.
July 8, 2012 |
Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story Jim Holt Liveright: 310 pp., $27.95 "How old is the Universe?" Kurt Vonnegut asked in his 1973 novel "Breakfast of Champions. " "It is one half-second old, but that half-second has lasted one quintillion years so far. Who created it? Nobody created it. It has always been here. " For all its breeziness, that still seems to me a pretty good cosmology, one that expresses the essential intractability of everything.
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March 4, 2011 |
"Forget Me Not" is contemporary love story with a heart-wrenching twist that recalls vintage tearjerkers, yet its appealing stars, Tobias Menzies and Genevieve O'Reilly, make watching it a surprisingly affecting experience. The film is helped immeasurably by its London setting and a moody score. Directed by Alexander Holt and Lance Roehrig with an adroit blend of cinematic poetic flourish, sure pacing and British understatement, there's a pleasing echo of "Brief Encounter" in this film's chance meeting.
March 1, 2011 |
Watson -- the IBM supercomputer that cleaned up on "Jeopardy!" -- lost to Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey in a battle of wits Monday evening at a D.C. hotel. So it looks like we can put off welcoming our new machine overlords for one more day. The faux "Jeopardy!" contest pitting Watson against Holt and some other House members was intended to emphasize the need for increased math and science education to bolster U.S. global competitiveness. Holt, a physicist who was a five-time winner on "Jeopardy!"
January 9, 2011 |
An aging fighter is chasing one more shot at greatness. His brother, once a promising fighter in his own right, is a liar and thief who can't be trusted. His family and his girl are at odds over what's best for him. No, this isn't the story line for "The Fighter," the critically acclaimed David O. Russell feature film starring Mark Wahlberg as real-life boxer Micky Ward. It's the plot of "Lights Out," a new FX drama starring Holt McCallany as Patrick "Lights Out" Leary, a former heavyweight champion still haunted by the controversial decision that cost him his title five years ago. Comparisons to "The Fighter" are inevitable, but in many ways "Lights Out" has more in common with "The Sopranos.