Jeff Buckley

The Problem With ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’ (Hint: It Isn’t Penn Badgley)

When you think about it, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long to make a film about the Buckley family. The subject matter is cinematic gold: two doomed (and decidedly photogenic) singers, both possessed of angelic voices, devoted fan bases and plenty of tortured-artist mythology. Daniel Algrant’s Greetings From Tim Buckley goes for broke as far milking the Buckley story goes — it’s a semi-fictionalized biopic that manages to cram both father and son into one film, tying them together with the story of Jeff’s performance at a tribute concert for Tim, a moment when past and present meet in a cathartic performance that catapults Jeff to fame. It sound like it should work, but it doesn’t. … Read More

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The Private Book Collections of 10 Famous Readers

Earlier this month, we stumbled across Carolyn Kellogg’s great article about Bernie Madoff’s book collection, parts of which are being sold slowly on eBay by the person who won Madoff’s books in an auction. Sure, the books someone has may not be as great an indicator of their personality as, er, some other things we know about them, but, nerds that we are, we tend to consider our libraries extensions of ourselves. So of course, we did a little digging, pouring through the collections of famous (or infamous) cultural icons and see what they were made of. After the jump, browse through our excerpts of the private libraries of everyone from Darwin to Houdini to Oprah, and draw your conclusions where you may. … Read More

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