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Calendar, Night&Day The Stage Is Set

The Stage Is Set

Holcombe Waller will be among the nominees for a MacArthur Fellowship pretty soon. What else can you say about someone who's obviously — and trust us, we wouldn't use this dreaded word unless we had to — a genius? At…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Mother Lode

The Mother Lode

George Saunders is often compared to Kurt Vonnegut, but he could also be a Vonnegut character. Listen to this: He was born in Texas, got a B.A. in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, worked for years as…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Wise Guy

Wise Guy

SAT 10/18 The MacArthur Fellowship doesn't really like its nickname, but like all good nicknames, it sticks like Krazy Glue. "The Genius Grant," as it's known, goes to creative, motivated people in almost every field imaginable: medicine, music, nonprofit organizations,…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

More than 40 years ago, saxophonist Ornette Coleman shook up the jazz world with a bold new improv method he called harmolodics. Essentially, his concept erased the bounds of a composition's melodic trajectory by substituting in-the-moment fluidity for the usual…
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