Everything in the world of Danny Boyle seems at once dark, decaying, and shining with an unfathomable luster. He often exposes his characters to inauspicious conditions, to situations admitting no happy resolution, to encounters that incite every lamentable emotion a young mind can imagine.
The eminence of Saul Bass is visual rather than verbal, much like his ubiquitous imagery. Controversial when they first appeared, Bass' stunningly spare graphics define the potent, hip, and harsh aesthetic of the '50s and '60s. In his 50-year career Bass left a clear imprint on the communications ind
David Letterman influenced the comic sensibility of an entire generation (according to the presenter of his 1992 Peabody Award) by taking "one of TV's most conventional and least inventive forms -- the talk show -- and infusing it with freshness and imagination."
Letterman always dreamed of hosti
Oscar Wilde pursued a life -- an art -- of pure uselessness. This was not because he objected to pragmatic pursuits, if kept in their proper place: "We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it inten