It seems the root of “put a bird on it” may have been tracked down! Well, not really, but Hyperallergic has featured a very early example of birds being put…on it. They’ve posted images — courtesy of McGill University — from a book by a 17th century Milanese gardener who made illustrations of bird out of real feathers. According to the university library’s website, “at the time, Milan was under Spanish rule and the Spaniards were familiar with feather art as it was done in Central and South America.”
Speaking of birds, Joanna Newsom proves her impeccable knowledge of ornithology (and, oddly, Austin Powers) in a new profile in Rolling Stone in anticipating of her album, Divers, which is set for release next week. In the article, Newsom describes the question that runs through the album as that “of what’s available to us as part of the human experience that isn’t subject to the sovereignty of time,” and thus notes the thematic similarity between her album and, you guessed it (?), Interstellar. She’d already recorded the whole album when the film came out, and says she “was like, ‘Damn you, Nolan!'” As a supplement to another profile — this one in the LA Times — she spelled out everything she finds insidious about Spotify, and the reasons she won’t stream Divers on the service.
Though Flavorwire may not have liked the Rathergate film, Truth, for qualitative reasons, CBS’ distaste for the film unsurprisingly comes from its centrality to its story. Indiewire reports that CBS is refusing to run ads for the film, with their spokesman Gil Schwartz telling The Hollywood Reporter, “There are, in fact, too many distortions, evasions and baseless conspiracy theories to enumerate them all. The film tries to turn gross errors of journalism and judgment into acts of heroism and martyrdom.” Meanwhile, Brad Fischer, a producer on the film, responded to the network’s disparaging comments and refusal to run ads, saying:
To get an official statement from them that is negative was not surprising to anyone involved in the film. I think the one thing that surprised everyone was the tone and the emotional nature.
Dan Rather has called this the best depiction of the inner-workings of the newsroom “that’s ever been on the big screen.” So, try determining the truth amidst all that.