Andy Ihnatko does the yeoman's work of building the resume for Letterman's band:
Here’s a coincidence for you: earlier on Monday, a friend of mine and I were talking about late-night talk shows and he praised The Roots as being every bit as good as The CBS Orchestra.
I didn’t disagree with him per se. But I had to raise the point that Late Show With David Letterman presents The CBS Orchestra with many, many more opportunities to show their range and talent than The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon creates for its band, and they’ve had 30 years in which to show off. The band doesn’t just play the show out to commercial and back again. They’re also the house band. Over the past thirty years, they’ve backed up every style and genre and generation of musical guest. I hope The Roots are given the same opportunities (because they’re a terrific band) but I doubt it. It’s a shame, because in their Late Night and Late Show incarnations, Paul Shaffer’s band has proven an immense range and depth of skills.
The whole piece is wonderful and includes a set of clips I had to watch from start to finish. Catch this. It's so, so good.
Lovely work from Mackevision.
Greg Klassen makes tables and wall hangings. He expertly weaves the grain of the wood as a topography, splits surfaces with blue glass, and suddenly you're looking at winding rivers and subtle landscapes.
Jonathan Foley just wrapped up his time on the Chautauqua Amphitheater stage discussing the future of food. To preview his talk, here's a snippit of his editorial today in the Chautauquan Daily:
You’ve probably heard it many times. While the exact phrasing varies, it usually goes something like this: The world’s population will grow to 9 billion by mid-century, putting substantial demands on the planet’s food supply. To meet these growing demands, we will need to grow almost twice as much food by 2050 as we do today. And that means we’ll need to use genetically modified crops and other advanced technologies to produce this additional food. It’s a race to feed the world, and we had better get started.
To be fair, there are grains of truth in each of these statements, but they are far from complete. And they give a distorted vision of the global food system, potentially leading to poor policy and investment choices.
To make better decisions, we need to examine where the narrative goes off the rails.
The whole piece, and his subsequent talk, is supremely eye-opening. It's a sober review of the data, and a surprisingly bearish view of GMO when presented through his lens. Worth checking out. And for those who weren't able to make it to the lecture, here's his talk, "The Other Inconvenient Truth: How Agriculture is Changing the Face of Our Planet," from TEDxTC.