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  • Outside and In - Teenage Wasteland? Not in These Shows.

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    Outside and In - Teenage Wasteland? Not in These Shows.

    Growing up, Scott Hug probably wasn't too upset when his parents told him to go to his roomat least, if the room in question was anything like this one. Hug has transformed John Connelly's cozily proportioned Chelsea gallery into the definitive adol...

    by Karen Rosenberg on January 14, 2003
  • Stay Alive - •••  Gins and Arakawa vs. The Grim Reaper

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    Stay Alive - Gins and Arakawa vs. The Grim Reaper

    For the past few decades, artist-architects Madeline Gins and Arakawa have been saying that people do not have to die. They are, according to their latest manifesto, Architectural Body (University of Alabama), "unconditionally supportive of life." Un...

    by Aaron Kunin on January 14, 2003
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    Listings

    art Did you ever take a close look at the people who while the hours away, charcoal in hand, staring at museum walls? No, not the guys who silk-screen the wall-textthe sketchers, of course. Most somehow manage to ignore the throngs of visitor...

    on January 14, 2003
  • Like a Prayer - The Naked Ambition of Balthus

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    Like a Prayer - The Naked Ambition of Balthus

    Balthus knew how to arouse suspicion. Born in 1908 as Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, he specialized in portraits of newly pubescent girls in classic porn poses: crawling, bending, stretching, or, most often, sitting cluelessly with legs splayed. In hi...

    by Jori Finkel on January 14, 2003
  • Where The Toys Are - Boss Tweed, de Tocqueville, and Hot Tubs at Here

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    Where The Toys Are - Boss Tweed, de Tocqueville, and Hot Tubs at Here

    Though a trifle stiff and prone to fixed expression, puppets, paper dolls, and objets trouvs performers have certain advantages over their flesh-and-blood counterparts. They don't voice creative differences; they don't carry on fraught affairs with ...

    by Alexis Soloski on January 14, 2003
  • Chemical Brothers - •••  Jenny Uglow Shines a Light on the Lunar Men

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    Chemical Brothers - Jenny Uglow Shines a Light on the Lunar Men

    The year is 1776. Across the Atlantic, the American Revolution has begun, but back in England, on the outskirts of Birmingham, another revolution is taking place almost unnoticed. Instead of muskets and bayonets, its weapons are pistons and pump ro...

    by J.Y. Yeh on January 14, 2003
  • Personality Crisis - •••  British Author Nigel Dennis Gets Lost in the Shuffle

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    Personality Crisis - British Author Nigel Dennis Gets Lost in the Shuffle

    Formerly, he thinks to himself, an artist took real people and transformed them into painted ones: how much finer and more satisfying is the modern method of assuming that people are not real at all, only self-painted, and of proceeding to make them ...

    by Jessica Winter on January 14, 2003
  • Mob Rules - •••  A Sociologist Unravels the Ties Binding Organized Crime

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    Mob Rules - A Sociologist Unravels the Ties Binding Organized Crime

    Last September, when FBI agent John Connolly was sentenced to 10 years for racketeering, the story of how he allied the bureau with Boston's notorious Winter Hill gang was reported as a dark if heartwarming buddy story of two kids from Southie. Conno...

    by David Taylor on January 14, 2003
  • Lives in Play - Old Script or New, the Character's Motive Is Always the Mystery

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    Lives in Play - Old Script or New, the Character's Motive Is Always the Mystery

    Tartuffe is a very simple playso simple that it couldn't be the masterpiece it is without some deep mystery inside it. As with Hamlet, the mystery is in the characters' hearts, buried so tantalizingly deep that three centuries' worth of scholars and...

    by Michael Feingold on January 14, 2003
  • Hunks and Has-Beens - Reality TV—Pop Thrills at 'Human Amusement Parks'

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    Hunks and Has-Beens - Reality TVPop Thrills at 'Human Amusement Parks'

    I might as well confess up front: I'm a reality TV slut. After a hard day's work, I've often plopped down and vegged out to The Real World, Survivor, Trading Spaces, The Osbournes. I've comforted myself with all kinds of lame excuses: (1) These shows...

    by Joy Press on January 14, 2003
  • Miracle Legion - •••  Daniel Paul Schreber's 100 Years of Solitude

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    Miracle Legion - Daniel Paul Schreber's 100 Years of Solitude

    The Disorder of the World Toward the end of the 19th century, Daniel Paul Schreber, once a prominent member of the German judiciary but institutionalized in 1893, glimpsed the inner workings of creation. Very dreadfully nervous is the universe, a...

    by B. Kite on January 14, 2003
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    Dance

    The first installment in the "Dancer's Night Out" series (Dance Theater Workshop, November) showcased the work of Kimberly Bartosik, Richard Siegal, and Kathy Westwater. Both the bios of these dance makers and the solid craft of their pieces contrad...

    by Tobi Tobias on January 14, 2003
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    Theater

    The Yellow Peril New Yorker cartoon, serving as a "production note" in the program, shows a wife blithely asking her husband: "You haven't said anything for ten years. Is everything O.K.?" Trish Harnetiaux's charming, darkly comic Inside a Bigger B...

    on January 14, 2003
  • Mr. Coffee - Nicholson Baker Starts a Fire

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    Mr. Coffee - Nicholson Baker Starts a Fire

    Good morning, it's 4:12 a.m., and I'm rereading Nicholson Baker's hypnotic sixth novel, A Box of Matches, in front of a fire. "What you do first thing can influence your whole day," writes narrator Emmett, an editor of medical textbooks who lives i...

    by James Browning on January 14, 2003
  • Fear and Loving - Choreography Unspools in Two Downtown Series

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    Fear and Loving - Choreography Unspools in Two Downtown Series

    You don't want to go there. I don't mean that you shouldn't see Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner's Visible Content, the terrifying piece that opened Dance Theater Workshop's "Carnival" series (12 companies in rotation through March 30). I mean you n...

    by Deborah Jowitt on January 14, 2003
  • Looking Back - Four Years on, a Critic Reassesses and Reconsiders

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    Looking Back - Four Years on, a Critic Reassesses and Reconsiders

    Four years and seven weeks ago, I began writing art criticism for this paper. That isn't much time in terms of art, criticism, or a career in either, but it seems like a lot when you're the one meeting the deadline. H.L. Mencken said weekly criticism...

    by Jerry Saltz on January 7, 2003
  • Kefi Break

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    Kefi Break

    What do you play when you're a Romani musician hired for nuptials in northern Greece? Whatever the audience wants, as musical anthropologists Charles Keil and Angeliki Vellou Keil found out in their decades-long exploration of "Gypsy" musicians in th...

    by Nick Mamatas on January 7, 2003
  • Map Quest

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    Map Quest

    In his 1997 novel The Saskiad, Brian Hall tunneled inside the head of 12-year-old Saskia White, imagining her as a heroic explorer la Marco Polo. Now Hall successfully turns this idea inside out. I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company treats t...

    by Joy Press on January 7, 2003
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    Come as You Are

    "Now is all of forever that we can ever have": a heavy thought for an adult-film hero, but then Lucky Pierre is no ordinary star. The featured performer in pomo grandpappy Robert Coover's latest novel, L.P. (a/k/a Peter Prick, Crazy Leg, etc.) spends...

    by Nick Rutigliano on January 7, 2003
  • Defiance And The Boogie-Woogie - The State of Black Theater in New York

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    Defiance And The Boogie-Woogie - The State of Black Theater in New York

    "I'm tired of pleasing white folks!" declares Billie, the heroine of Djanet Sears's Harlem Duet, in one of the play's dream sequences. She's imagining an escape from slavery in the 1800s, but her complaint could be the quintessence of modern black rh...

    by James Hannaham on January 7, 2003
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