THE BUZZ: April 8-12, 2002

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Mona Lisa, the Automator, Seth, and Headshrinking Horrors

After a brief hiatus, the buzz is back with this week's Gadflyonline feature on the "Mona Lisa." A subject of endless speculation and popular interest, Joan Altabe cuts through the prevalent theories of the great artworks' appeal and inspiration and offers her own reason for the Mona Lisa's "smart-ass little grin." Elsewhere, Jonathan Kiefer looks back on Billy Wilder and the intelligence and thoughtfulness his films displayed while I chat with hip hop uber producer Dan the Automator. Last week, Grant Rosenberg attended a performance by Afrobeat musician and AIDS activist Femi Kuti in Paris. The review, plus abundant pictures and a video clip of his dancers communicate some of the power of a Femi Kuti show. Today, Alan Bisbort profiles graphic artist/novelist Seth who is a leader in a field (graphic novels) that is quickly becoming a quality literary source. This week will continue with a review of Bill Moody's mystery Looking for Chet Baker and finish Friday with "Headshrinking Horrors," a look at the recent crop of not-so-scary horror movies, like The Sixth Sense, The Others and Devil's Backbone. If you happened to miss the last few weeks of Gadflyonline, then check our recent features section for interviews with Jodie Foster and Marianne Faithfull.

—Jayson Whitehead, Editor

MONDAY
FEATURE
You Can Tell By The Way She Smiles
Does anyone understand the Mona Lisa?
By Joan Altabe

SPECIAL FEATURE
Billy Wilder: 1906-2002
By Jonathan Kiefer

TUESDAY
MUSIC
I Just Love Hip Hop
An e-mail conversation with Gorillaz producer and alternative rap icon Dan "the Automator" Nakamura

Femi Kuti’s Audience Connection
By Grant Rosenberg

WEDNESDAY
ART
Vernacular Drawings:
Sketchbooks of the cartoonist "Seth"

Blue: The History of a Color
By Michel Pastoureau*

THURSDAY
BOOK
Bill Moody's Looking for Chet Baker
By Neal Shaffer

BOOK EXCERPT
"A Problem From Hell"
By Samantha Power*

Plus: BOOKS OF NOTE

FRIDAY
FILM
Headshrinking Horrors:
How the current formula for scary blockbusters fails to deliver true fear
By Lisa Lambert

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