Interview: Jad Abumrad of Radiolab

Jad Abumrad of Radiolab. Photo courtesy of The Barclay Agency.

Jad Abumrad of Radiolab. Photo courtesy of The Barclay Agency.

I enjoy listening to Radiolab on WUNC on Sunday afternoons, so it was pleasure to interview co-host Jad Abumrad about the show and his new solo talk, “Gut Churn,” which he performs at the Carolina Theatre this weekend. Abumrad talks honestly about the chaotic origins of Radiolab and how he gets through times of feeling creatively lost. Read it here.

Halloween special

An item from Raleigh's Little Leviathan shop of oddities. Photo by Jeremy M. Lange

An item from Raleigh’s Little Leviathan shop of oddities. Photo by Jeremy M. Lange

Today at the INDY, we toast our favorite secular holiday with spooky stories and events picks to get you in the Halloween spirit. A special salute goes out to Jeremy M. Lange, JP Trostle and Chris Williams for their great photo and illustration work on this package. Read it here.

Bull City Press and the West End Poetry Festival

White-How-We-Came-Upon-the-Colony-largeThis week in the INDY, I wrote about Ross White, the publisher of poetry chapbook press Bull City Press, who has finally published a chapbook on his own work which he will read from at the West End Poetry Festival this weekend. It’s a story about someone who has worked hard for other poets getting some well-deserved spotlight of his own. Read it here.

Horse and Buggy Press

photo by Jeremy M. Lange

photo by Jeremy M. Lange

In this week’s INDY, I wrote a long story about Durham’s Horse & Buggy Press, where Dave Wofford blends letterpress printing with modern techniques to create one-of-a-kind books and other printed matter. The package also includes a step-by-step photo spread by Jeremy M. Lange and an article by Lightsey Darst on Wofford’s latest production, a book of Rilke translations by David Need called Roses. Check it out here.

Joan Miro: The Experience of Seeing

"Woman, Bird and Star [Homage to Pablo Picasso]" by Joan Miró, oil on canvas, 1966/1973. Courtesy of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain. © Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society

“Woman, Bird and Star [Homage to Pablo Picasso]” by Joan Miró, oil on canvas, 1966/1973. Courtesy of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain. © Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society

Right now at Duke’s Nasher Museum, you can see major exhibitions of works by Robert Rauschenberg and Joan Miró, which is kind of nuts. I reviewed the latter, an exhibit of works from Miró’s final 20 years, when he had boiled his painting down to its purest essence, in this week’s INDY. Read it here.