What we read while being “questioned by the Secret Service,” if you know what I mean…
- The great Levon Helm, former drummer for The Band and lead singer on such classics as “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” and “Ophelia,” died last week at the age of 71. Helm helped put The Band (originally The Hawks) together, as the backing band for Ronnie Hawkins and then Bob Dylan, and Martin Scorcese famously turned their last concert into the best concert film of all-time (which Helm personally was not a fan of). Helm then went on to his own great solo career. Robbie Robertson, who reached out to Helm while the latter was sick, and Bob Dylan were among the many grief-stricken by Helm’s death.
- Mitch Hurwitz discusses the upcoming new season of Arrested Development. Speaking of which, in honor of Fox’s 25th anniversary (celebrated yesterday), what are the 10 best shows it cancelled prematurely? And its best overall?
- Julian Assange launched his new talk show (watch out, Conan!), which was roundly mocked by the media for not featuring Amy Winehouse’s relatives.
- The Mets’ hot start hasn’t kept Elena Kagan from bashing them in her opinions.
- Another piece on America’s incarceration problem. Speaking of incarceration, here is some fascinating bargaining in a prisoner’s dilemma game show.
- Take a look at shakin’ 3D 1930s Paris.