The Battle of the Artistic Bulge

The Battle of the Artistic Bulge

A few months ago, a fellow comedian asked me to perform a set at his CD release party. I declined the offer, giving some vague reason. In fact, I was scared to do the gig. I was unpleasantly surprised at the fear that his offer evoked in me, and at my succumbing to...
The Other Way to Fight Terrorism

The Other Way to Fight Terrorism

Silicon Valley resident Ravi Krishnamurthy is the Vice President of the LibForAll Foundation, an organization whose complex mission is defined by a simple statement: to fight Islamist extremism globally. Based in both Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Jakarta,...
Songs as Good as Gold

Songs as Good as Gold

“I hear melodies all the time in my mind. I’m walking down the street, I see a person or object, and it triggers a melody in my mind.” Siddhartha Khosla is discussing his songwriting process. He’s on the phone from his home in Hoboken, New Jersey. You have...
A Big Idea

A Big Idea

Shree Nayar is T. C. Chang Professor of Computer Science and the Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University, Director of Columbia’s Computer Vision Laboratory, and Co-director of the Columbia Vision and Graphics Center. A pioneer in the...
Speed!

Speed!

A day at the races with NASCAR driver Narain Karthikeyan When you’ve got a dream like mine Nobody can take you down When you’ve got a dream like mine Nobody can push you around –Bruce Cockburn Narain Karthikeyan is lounging on a couch in the back room of his...