Quote of the Week: David Letterman Visits India

“You talk about the energy of New York City — India makes New York City look like nap time.” That’s from an in-depth New York Times story this week on what the late-night icon has been up to since retirement (beyond growing an impressive beard). Letterman apparently traveled here to world’s second-most-populous country to film […]

Does Social Media Make TV a Better Entertainment Medium for Our Time than Film?

This snippet in Richard Brody’s recent New Yorker piece on the best movies of 2015 struck me: The cinema’s self-conscious modernity arose when its makers put a virtual mirror into its lenses and revealed the filmmaking process in the films themselves. They reflected the world around the movie within the movie, the director on the screen. […]

Some favorite albums, books, TV shows, movies, and in-depth stories from 2013

Here’s a look back at some of my favorites from last year. Albums My pick: “Modern Vampires of the City,” by Vampire Weekend. Here’s “Obvious Bicycle“: And “Diane Young“: Runner-up album: “Beta Love,” by Ra Ra Riot. Here’s the title track. Honorable mentions: Sky Ferreira’s “Night Time, My Time,” Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” and […]

‘The New Myanmar’: First Two Episodes Available Online

I mentioned a few weeks back that Anasuya’s new Channel NewsAsia TV show, “The New Myanmar,” would soon air. Well, the first two episodes have been broadcast, and they’re now available online. Embedded above on online here is episode one, “Artistic Freedom,” about music and the arts in the country. And embedded above on and […]

Kevin Costner’s Turkish Airlines TV ad: “Feel Like a Star”

The first few times I saw this Turkish Airlines ad — embedded below — on CNN International, I didn’t recognize Oscar Award winning actor Kevin Costner. Instead, I noted the ad’s other elements: The twist at the end, the catchy tune, and the various appeals to male vanity. But then a pal, K, mentioned Costner’s […]