BARR: What makes you laugh? BERNHARD: Well, it's really a myriad of things, but usually it's something that's very organic. It's something that happens on the street. BARR: Like fat people falling down? BERNHARD: No, no . . . [laughs] BARR: That really cracks me up. It's terrible.
Wednesday, April 11
Tuesday, April 10
How KFC brought fried chicken to China and Africa as U.S. sales slumped.
Colonialism, the convertible peso, and the strange dance between the cheap beach tourist and the tour guide tout.
Monday, April 9
On living alone, which more people are doing today than ever before.
A writer’s trip home to Hot Springs, Arkansas, and the racetrack inextricably linked with the histories of his family and his hometown.
The toll of being a cop on the most successful force in the country.
Sunday, April 8
A history of the cell phone ringtone.
Many recent hip-hop songs make terrific ringtones because they already sound like ringtones. The polyphonic and master-tone versions of “Goodies,” by Ciara, for example, are nearly identical. Ringtones, it turns out, are inherently pop: musical expression distilled to one urgent, representative hook. As ringtones become part of our environment, they could push pop music toward new levels of concision, repetition, and catchiness.