The Problem with Movies about Geniuses (New Yorker)

Chess piece

New Yorker contributor Richard Brody explores the stumbling blocks of the biopic genre in a review of “Pawn Sacrifice,” a new drama based on the life of chess champion Bobby Fischer. While dramas seek to explain human behavior, real life is rarely containable by the mechanism of explicable causes leading to obvious effects.

This, Brody argues, is the flaw of the biopic genre and of movies about geniuses in particular, since the realm of genius is in a different dimension from that of common sense. Read the article here.

Advice Through the Ages: Words of Wisdom to Our Younger Selves (CBC)

“If I knew then, what I know now….” Well, yes, life may have been different, but those challenges and failures are part of the journey. Treat yourself to this little gem of a video, in which people of all ages bestow pearls of priceless wisdom.

Interactive: Music Generated by Planet Orbits (Wired)

outer space, galaxy, universe, In cool things on the internet, here is a flash site that lets you create music using the different orbits of the planets. Featured in Wired, this solar-system-generated music box lets you adjust the speed, echo, bass, flutter and scale of space to create cool etherial jams.

Hari Kondabolu ’04 on the Ins and Outs of Joke Telling (New York Times Magazine)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.

Every joke is “a work in progress,” says stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04. He shares insight on the development of his funny bits — and some advice, too, such as finding comfort in the silence you will inevitably encounter.

Read “How to Tell a  Joke” in The New York Times Magazine.