When it comes to reliable lightning rods in classical music, it's hard to top Richard Wagner. The latest controversies center on the Metropolitan Opera's current staging of the composer's gargantuan Ring cycle, the set of four epic and mythical operas first mounted at Bayreuth in 1876, and now seen live at the Met together in a series.
Need a Monday morning pick-me-up? Animal Collective has just posted two new songs on its website and you can listen now. "Honeycomb" is the bouncy one with the trademark harmonies. "Gotham" is the comparatively pensive one with lots of echo.
A poster paying tribute to Adam Yauch is seen at 511 Canal Street which houses Adam Yauch's production company Oscilloscope Productions on May 6, 2012 in New York City. Adam Yauch died on May 4, 2012 after a three-year battle with cancer of the salivary gland.
Dave Zirin is the sports editor for The Nation magazine.
"Born and bred Brooklyn U.S.A. They call me Adam Yauch but I'm M.C.A."
In the '60s they said, "don't trust anyone over 30." When it comes to remembering Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died on May 4, I don't trust anyone under 30. Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys stood for more than just hip hop and their personal "sounds of science." They repped the soul of a city that no longer exists.
Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.
President Obama is breaking new ground in his campaign for re-election. He is going where incumbent presidents have never gone before. He is doing things for which President George W. Bush would have been pilloried. And Obama is doing all this in plain view.
A May Day activist dressed as President Barack Obama marches through downtown Los Angeles marking the International Worker's Day on May 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Despite some calling the president a populist, he has had trouble courting Wall Street.
Noam Scheiber is a senior editor at The New Republic.
Any honest discussion of Obama and populism arrives pretty quickly at two conclusions. The first is that Obama has become a more populist politician than anyone detected early in his presidency. The second is that, even so, there's probably never been a less populist president who's stirred up so much vitriol on Wall Street.