GROSS: O.K., so what it sounds like is that conscious uncoupling is more comparable to free jazz than, say, bebop or swing. That’s very interesting. Is conscious uncoupling anything like really terrific opera?
PALTROW: No, Terry. In fact, I would say that conscious uncoupling is kind of the opposite, because really terrific opera is very dramatic, and conscious uncoupling …
GROSS: Is what? Poorly paced? Overtly experimental? Badly staged?
PALTROW: I was going to say that it seeks to be very undramatic.
Our friend/mad genius Sarah Miller is at The New Yorker, imagining a Terry Gross and Gwyneth Paltrow breakdown of the latter's [...]
Over at NPR, Jason King likens "No More" to "the soundtrack to a David Lynch film set in a seedy black strip club," and there's not much to add to that. Shlohmo and Jeremih have a collaborative EP due out soon; if this track is any indication, it's going to be tripped-out and dark and excellent. (Oh, and this is as good a time as any to plug King's new 24-hour R&B channel for NPR, which you can listen to here. The Twitter account updates as a new song is played, too: In the last hour alone they've had Whitney, Janet, Me'Shell, and [...]
At NPR, some beautiful photos of new efforts in the re-wilding city:
"I like to believe that we [are] holding this place together," Sennefer says. "You know, we the people that are the visionaries, the dreamers, the people that's holding on to the faith that things aren't as bad as they seem."
And at Mother Jones, a series of photos shot for Jonah Engle's "Merchants of Meth" big pharma story. Photographer Stacy Kraniz talks about what it means to shoot a story like this respectfully:
In a region notoriously wary of outsiders—particularly those with cameras—[she] shoots as an insider, bringing viewers to swimming holes and [...]
Haeffel and Hames measured the way students in their study tended to frame such situations when they first arrived at Notre Dame. The researchers were then able to track pairs of roommates who had similar thinking styles and see whether and how their thought patterns changed, in comparison to roommate pairs who started out with very different thinking styles.
Haeffel says he was surprised to find that within just three months, the roommates with different styles began to "infect" one another.
"These thinking styles were contagious," he says. "If you came to college and your roommate had a very negative thinking style, your own thinking style became more negative."