This Morning’s Top 5 Cultural Stories


1. The paperback version of James Frey’s Bright Shiny Morning contains a new passage that has Page Six wondering if he has some scandalous dirt of his nemesis Oprah on tape. [via NYP]

2. Art historians claim that Van Gogh’s ear was cut off by his artist friend Paul Gauguin with a razor. [via Guardian]

3. Woody Allen is trying to keep both Mia Farrow and Larry Flynt from taking the stand in his American Apparel lawsuit. [via NYDN]

4. Meet the man who advised Radiohead to break up — and his plan for keeping the music industry viable in the Internet Age. [via Irish Times]

5. The Met’s Charles Engelhard Court — part of the American wing once called “a rape of the park”— will reopen on May 19 after an extensive two-year renovation with 30 percent more room for displaying work. [via NYT]