1. “Gabriel García Márquez R.I.P.” The conjurer of literary magic, and Nobel laureate, dies at 87.
“Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose One Hundred Years of Solitude established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City. He was 87. Cristóbal Pera, his former editor at Random House, confirmed the death. Mr. García Márquez learned he had lymphatic cancer in 1999, and a brother said in 2012 that he had developed senile dementia. Mr. García Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal. His books were translated into dozens of languages. He was among a select roster of canonical writers—Dickens, Tolstoy and Hemingway among them—who were embraced both by critics and by a mass audience.”
2. “Beard trend is ’guided by evolution.’” The ebb and flow of men’s beard fashions may be guided by Darwinian selection, according to a new study.
“The more beards there are, the less attractive they become—giving clean-shaven men a competitive advantage, say scientists in Sydney, Australia. When ’peak beard’ frequency is reached, the pendulum swings back toward lesser-bristled chins—a trend we may be witnessing now, the scientists say. Their study has been published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. In the experiment, women and men were asked to rate different faces with ’four standard levels of beardedness.’ Both beards and clean-shaven faces became more appealing when they were rare. The pattern mirrors an evolutionary phenomenon—’negative frequency-dependent sexual selection,’ or to put it more simply ’an advantage to rare traits.’”
3. “Roger Corman Interview.” The legendary filmmaker is interviewed by one of his protégés, Jonathan Demme.
“For one thing, you have to go back a little bit into history. Say there were playwrights, there were painters, there were composers—all of these people could work by themselves and create a work of art. I think one of the reasons movies are the quintessential modern art form is that it is partially a business. The director needs a crew—the writer, the producer, etcetera—and to have that, he needs money. In order to create art today, you have to compromise your art somewhat and be a businessman.”
4. “Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange Is More Than a Gay Movie.” Rich Juzwiak chats with the award-winning filmmaker.
“I would say I recognize the absence of these stories, but I come to it more as a personal storyteller. I think my responsibility is to be revealing of things that I know and not to hide, so in that way, telling a story about a gay couple who’s been together for 40 years has cultural significance and I’m happy for it, excited about it. But it’s more for me just trying to understand love in general, through my own experience.
5. “Why Tina Belcher Is a Folk Hero for Anxious Young People.” Jon Christian on one of our favorite characters from Bob’s Burgers.
“Like most characters on Bob’s Burgers, Tina is a memorable caricature. Her eyes are lone dots in huge, D-shaped spectacles, and her arms hang by her sides like limp noodles. She wears her hair with bangs, and is frequently dressed in a skirt, sneakers, and knee socks. She speaks in a mid-range monotone and betrays emotion mostly with her signature groan. And like other beloved animated adolescents, she expresses childish concerns in an adult register and adult concerns in a childish one. ’I want a dry-erase board so I can write down all my private thoughts and then erase them immediately,’ she says in one episode, a thought bubble imagining the phrase ’penis fly trap.’”
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