New Johnny Cash CD Latest in Line of Posthumous Hit Albums

Johnny Cash‘s newly released CD Out Among the Stars debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. That might seem like a pretty impressive performance, especially considering that the artist himself passed away back in 2003. But Cash is just the latest in a string of deceased performers who’ve released hot-selling records after their demise. Here are a few: Buddy Holly, The Buddy Holly Story (1959). Released just a month after …

The Photographer Whose Celebrity Portraits ‘Are Forever’

You may have encountered Editta Sherman as a larger-than-life character in the 2010 documentary film about her fellow Carnegie Hall resident, Bill Cunningham (Bill Cunningham New York). The two photographers were friends for decades, and part of their special bond was living in a unique artists colony above America’s most famous concert hall. See a New York Times slideshow of Sherman and her work When I worked at Carnegie in the 1980s, Sherman, who died on Nov. 1 at the …

Could a $30 Million Surprise Be Hiding in Your Garage?

You never know what you’re going to find in that pile of old stuff that’s accumulated in your garage. If you’re lucky, you could discover some forgotten treasure, like an antique mirror that used to belong to your Aunt Sophie, or a collection of vintage copies of Life magazine.  Or, if you’re really lucky, you might find a bunch of paintings by the late Armenian-American abstract-expressionist Arthur Pinajian that turn out to be worth $30 million. As Newsday reports, that’s …

Andre Cassagnes: 7 Facts About the Etch A Sketch and Its Inventor

Kids today have iPads and Xbox game consoles, but a lot of Baby Boomers had a childhood gadget that we loved just as much, and it didn’t even require batteries. The Etch A Sketch first appeared in toy stores in 1960 and became an immediate must-have in kids’ letters to Santa. In the half-century since then, Ohio Art has sold more than 100 million of the classic toys, and children (even some adults) are still twisting the dials on the …

Maurice Sendak: “Live Your Life, Live Your Life…”

Writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died last year at the age of 83, loved his regular conversations with NPR host Terry Gross, who many consider the best interviewer in public radio. In late 2011, illustrator Christoph Nieman stumbled upon a discussion between the two that was, as they say in public radio, a “driveway moment” in which Sendak considered his mortality, while paying the highest compliments to Gross. The New York Times was smart enough to run Nieman’s drawings …

Calling All Artists!

Are you an artist? Do you create beautiful paintings in pastel, oil, acrylic, or watercolor? Well you’re invited to enter this year’s AARP Foundation Calendar Contest. The 2012 theme is “Life Without Boundaries.” The original paintings highlighted will show that life doesn’t stop when you get older, rather, opportunities for exploration and freedom become even sweeter thanks to the accumulated years of wisdom, experience, and confidence. Artists are requested to submit one image; submission suggestions could include taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to an …