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  • Auto Focus - Strange Ways, Here We Come

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    Auto Focus - Strange Ways, Here We Come

    "This is a murder mystery novel," announces 15-year-old Christopher Boone, the hero of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Since he is neurologically incapable of deceit, this is, like everything else he says, the trutha...

    by Dennis Lim on July 22, 2003
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    Don't Look Back - Shelter From the Samurai

    The Wall Street Journal recently reported that some lyrics in Bob Dylan's "Floater" (off his 2001 album "Love and Theft") bear striking similarities to lines in Junichi Saga's Confessions of a Yakuza (Kodansha, 253 pp., $11). But does the influence o...

    by Ed Park on July 22, 2003
  • Feet on the ground - Past Perfect; Future Up for Grabs

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    Feet on the ground - Past Perfect; Future Up for Grabs

    Butoh began in Japan at the end of the 1950s as outsider art; "Dance of Darkness," its creator Tatsumi Hijikata called it. His transgressive performances aimed to strip the body of refinement and cultivated expertise, purge the Japanese mind of Weste...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 22, 2003
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    Combinations

    Ballet Mestizo's Folkloric Fantasy 2 (Thalia Spanish Theatre, through August 3) blends the complexities of Colombia into a hearty sancocho of colors, rhythms, and sounds. The energetic troupe travels across the different regions of the countryfrom t...

    on July 22, 2003
  • Eternal Return - Alan Moore's Supreme Achievement

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    Eternal Return - Alan Moore's Supreme Achievement

    No art wears its disposability so lightly as the much maligned superhero comic. Month after month these comics appear with tawdry dependabilitynot unlike Sue Grafton novels or Fall albumsfor years on end. But while the life span of a superhero com...

    by Richard Gehr on July 22, 2003
  • Family Feud(al) Obligations - Two Clans Dis Function; Two Directors Make It Work

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    Family Feud(al) Obligations - Two Clans Dis Function; Two Directors Make It Work

    "An unhappy family," said Tolstoy, "is unhappy after its own fashion." Was he talking about the art of the stage? Two unhappy families couldn't be less alike in their unhappiness than the contemporary Greek-Americans of Flesh and Blood and the 13th-c...

    by Michael Feingold on July 22, 2003
  • SCUM Goddess - Who's the Villain? Who’s the Saint?

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    SCUM Goddess - Who's the Villain? Whos the Saint?

    At one time, Valerie Solanas seemed the feminist ghost least likely to rise from the grave. The one and only member of the Society for Cutting Up Men, she was just too mad and too bad. But less than 10 years after her death in 1988, this unlikely spe...

    by C. Carr on July 22, 2003
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    Funny Cide - Laughing With Thomas Bernhard

    Suicide, murder, lunacy: The cover of Thomas Bernhard's The Voice Imitator features an inventory of topics the author continually mulled over with undetonated grief and a grim chortle. Amras, Playing Watten, and Walkingearly novellas just published ...

    by Michael Miller on July 15, 2003
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    Uncertain Regard - Novelist Michel Houellebecq's French Letters

    The French have a reputation for sexy stuff so artistic (meaning transgressive, clinical, incoherent, and/or theoretical) that no one really has to feel dirty. In fact, this is what the French are for: intelligentsia porn. Every couple years, or mont...

    by Joshua Clover on July 15, 2003
  • Apotheosis Now - Experiencing Dia:Beacon's Ashram of the Abstract

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    Apotheosis Now - Experiencing Dia:Beacon's Ashram of the Abstract

    Michael Kimmelman stirred up a hornet's nest recently when he called the 24 artists whose work is enshrined at Dia:Beacon "The Greatest Generation" in The New York Times Magazine. Within weeks, Hilton Kramer and Peter Plagens took issue. Although Kim...

    by Jerry Saltz on July 15, 2003
  • Joseph Chaikin (1935-2003), Part II - 'You Can Make a Fresh Start With Your Final Breath'

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    Joseph Chaikin (1935-2003), Part II - 'You Can Make a Fresh Start With Your Final Breath'

    Joe Chaikin's two careers were separated by a cardiac operation during which he briefly "died" on the operating table. Despite the partial aphasic stroke he suffered then, he recovered sufficient powers of speech to go on acting and directing with un...

    on July 15, 2003
  • Heat Wave - Crossing Categories, Generations, and Genders

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    Heat Wave - Crossing Categories, Generations, and Genders

    The ladies and gentlemen of Dance Theatre of Harlem are up for just about anything. Follow a dazzle of chapps, passs, and the odd gargouillade with down-and-dirty shimmying? They manage that (quite subtly too) in Robert Garland's 2001 New Bach. Pe...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 15, 2003
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    Monstah And Monster

    Soho's HERE and temporarily homeless Dixon Placetwo struggling institutions that champion diversity and the raw process of experimentationteamed up this summer to create "Fuse: The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture." For dance lovers, a few evenings...

    by Eva Yaa Asantewaa on July 15, 2003
  • Spirited Away - Graham Joyce's Vine Land

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    Spirited Away - Graham Joyce's Vine Land

    Is Graham Joyce a fabulist who dabbles in reality or a realist drawn to hallucinatory logic? Trick answer: both. He's won four British Fantasy Awards, and the characters that spring from his pen are an odd lot: the boy locked in a destructive relatio...

    by Joy Press on July 15, 2003
  • Paradise Regained - Angels and Ministers of Grace Defend Us

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    Paradise Regained - Angels and Ministers of Grace Defend Us

    Smallpox Hospital, on Roosevelt Island, first opened its doors and turned down its hundred beds a century and a half ago. It ministered to paying patients and charity cases alike. Designed by architect James Renwick Jr. and built by inmates from the ...

    by Alexis Soloski on July 15, 2003
  • Graphic Content - The Tragi-Comics Story of Fantagraphics

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    Graphic Content - The Tragi-Comics Story of Fantagraphics

    To the untutored eye, graphic novels appear to be enjoying a heyday. The mainstream success of Daniel Clowes's Ghost World, Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan, Joe Sacco's Safe Area Gorazde, and now Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis further diminished long-stand...

    by Joy Press on July 8, 2003
  • Power Vacuum - 'Unmitigated Disaster' at the 50th Venice Biennale

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    Power Vacuum - 'Unmitigated Disaster' at the 50th Venice Biennale

    As you have surely heard elsewhere, it was hotter than hell in Venice during the press preview for this summer's Biennale. The worst heat wave since 1908 provided a great alibi for not talking about the show. During the first preview days, everyone s...

    by Kim Levin on July 8, 2003
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    The Uses of Philosophy - Was 9-11 an Autoimmune Disorder?

    The symbolism of 9-11 extends to the date itself. Now we have a day whose very name is a distress call. Part of the horror is that those we expected to answer our emergency calls respondedbut went to their doom with so many other victims. The towers...

    by Gregory Fried on July 8, 2003
  • The Body Speaks - European Troupes Alight in the Berkshires

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    The Body Speaks - European Troupes Alight in the Berkshires

    When I think of National Historic Landmarks, I envision a docent guiding visitors around a site populated primarily by ghosts. At Jacob's Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, the first dance institution to be designated a landmark, artists work and peopl...

    by Deborah Jowitt on July 8, 2003
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    Nature Fantasy

    Nancy Bannon excels at two things: creating handsome, vigorous movement and understanding the awkwardness and despair that plague human relationships. Coupling dancing and text, the works in her concert "It's a Cruel, Cruel Summer" (Joyce Soho, June)...

    on July 8, 2003
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