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  • Piss and Brilliance - Giving Props to Poet Donnelly's Exquisite 'Production'

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    Piss and Brilliance - Giving Props to Poet Donnelly's Exquisite 'Production'

    "I will not give in. I will grow more strange," announces the poet Timothy Donnelly in his debut collection, and he's certainly a man of his word. This singular concoctionaudacious of whimsy, ferocious of stylealmost lives up to the copious hype, w...

    by J.Y. Yeh on April 1, 2003
  • Dog Gone - Appreciating William Wegman, the Painter

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    Dog Gone - Appreciating William Wegman, the Painter

    People tend to forget that William Wegman makes paintings, and that he has made them for almost 20 years. This is partly because he hasn't shown them much, but mostly because he's so known for his photographs of dogs. His current Sperone Westwater ex...

    by Jerry Saltz on April 1, 2003
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    Material Girl - Tara Donovan's Growth Potential

    Her shimmering installation of cut electrical wire in the 2000 Whitney Biennial was so flagrantly beautiful that nearly everyone ignored it. It was hard at that moment to deal with its extreme accumulation, its nebulous formality, or its almost autis...

    by Kim Levin on April 1, 2003
  • Elephant Man - Douglas Gordon Lands on 'Animal Planet'

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    Elephant Man - Douglas Gordon Lands on 'Animal Planet'

    The elephant's name is Minnie. She is four years old, lives in Connecticut, and is originally from India (more on her later). The artist's name is Douglas Gordon. He is 37 years old, lives here and in Glasgow, and is originally from Scotland. She's a...

    by Jerry Saltz on March 25, 2003
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    Up Against the Wall - Saul Fletcher's Room With a View

    Although Saul Fletcher's current show includes seven barren landscapes taken in the rutted fields of the northeastern English countryside where he once harvested potatoes as a boy, all the other photographs were made on and around one much abused, fo...

    by Vince Aletti on March 25, 2003
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    From Player Piano to Steadicam - Feld Gets Misha to Kick Up His Heels; Greenberg's Gang Exercises Our Eyes; Meehan's Quiet Surprises

    When Eliot Feld gets keen on an idea or a composer, several dances in the same vein may turn up in the repertory of his Ballet Tech. Having choreographed Pianola (now Pianola: Raven) for four women to some of Conlon Nancarrow's pieces for player pian...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 25, 2003
  • From Ear to Eternity - Goebbels's Aural Pleasures; Transmissions Projects' Artic Visions

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    From Ear to Eternity - Goebbels's Aural Pleasures; Transmissions Projects' Artic Visions

    The title of Heiner Goebbels's music-theater piece, Hashirigaki, refers to a Japanese word for flowing, scripted writing. And like a pen rolling with effluence over paper, his production glides forward in fluid motion, celebrating flux. Each scene in...

    by Tom Sellar on March 25, 2003
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    Complex Gifts

    A whole bunch of people are doing something right: Besides being fierce technicians, the young dancers of Ailey II, under the direction of Sylvia Waters (Aaron Davis Hall, March 14 though 16), infuse their performances with heart and soul. As weve s...

    on March 25, 2003
  • The Hunger Artists - More Novels About Asians and Food

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    The Hunger Artists - More Novels About Asians and Food

    Considering how much of our lives is taken up by eating, it's odd how infrequently art focuses on food. Cooking movies are sufficiently rare that they're novelties (Babette's Feast, Chocolat), you can count pop music's gastro-anthems on one hand (Mor...

    by Joy Press on March 25, 2003
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    Queneau-It-All - A Headbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    Raymond Queneau essentially launched the hyper-playful Oulipo tradition with the famed Hundred Thousand Billion Poemsa series of 10 sonnets with perfectly interchangeable lines. But by then, Queneau had put in a life's work already, including The Su...

    by Joshua Clover on March 25, 2003
  • Theater

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    Theater

    People Are Wrong! By the Loser's Lounge P.S.122 150 First Avenue 212-477-5288 Through March 30 Julia Greenberg and Robin Goldwasser have never before written a musical, separately or in concert. Yet there is little unassured about their debut,...

    on March 25, 2003
  • Boys in the Adulthood - Pop-Rock Sounds Console Those Growing Up, or Refusing To

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    Boys in the Adulthood - Pop-Rock Sounds Console Those Growing Up, or Refusing To

    The songs that comforted us in childhood are the dangerous onesthe "wicked old songs" of Schubert's famous Lied. They make us feel that everything's all right again, or at least that it's going to be. The funny part is that you need their comfort mo...

    by Michael Feingold on March 25, 2003
  • Cold Comfort - An Interview With T.C. Boyle

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    Cold Comfort - An Interview With T.C. Boyle

    Midway through Drop City, T.C. Boyle's down-to-earth look at sex and drugs and the back-to-the-earth movement, there's a low-key, high-impact moment when cultures collide amid the carnivalesque. Having emigrated to resettle in the Alaskan outback, th...

    by Richard Gehr on March 18, 2003
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    Nothing Doing - Catch-22 If You Can

    At 38, Joseph Heller was a doddering ancient by today's standards when Catch-22 appeared, but the truth was, he'd been publishing short fiction for 16 years. In fact, Heller debuted in Story alongside that other late-'40s wunderkind, Norman Mailer. B...

    by John Freeman on March 18, 2003
  • Film Comment - At the Movies With John Waters

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    Film Comment - At the Movies With John Waters

    My nominations, in order, for Living National Movie Treasure (Male) are John Waters, Kenneth Anger, and Russ Meyer. In his Biographical Dictionary of Film entry on Waters, David Thomson describes him as "the classic modern homosexual movie director w...

    by Jerry Saltz on March 18, 2003
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    Father's Day - Going Ape in Chelsea

    "This is a story about an average prehistoric ape family," begins "For a Floor of Flora," Trenton Doyle Hancock's prequel to his last appearance at Cohan in 2001. In the earlier show, his first solo outing in New York, Hancock mythologized the misadv...

    by Karen Rosenberg on March 18, 2003
  • Minority Retort - Alterman and Gans Skewer Media Shibboleths

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    Minority Retort - Alterman and Gans Skewer Media Shibboleths

    Earlier this month, the editors at the left-wing political journal TomPaine.com posted a challenge to Ann Coulter and Bernard Goldberg, bestselling purveyors of the "liberal media" myth, to debate Eric Alterman on the topic of press bias on C-SPAN. A...

    by John Giuffo on March 18, 2003
  • Tell Me About It - Inhabiting Emotion: Plains, Jungles, Quiet Seas

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    Tell Me About It - Inhabiting Emotion: Plains, Jungles, Quiet Seas

    What a nice little girl she says she was! And what an understanding woman! But as Elizabeth Burritt sits at a table before a camera, sending to a screen a very large projection of her face, we notice that something is subtly askew. She coos empathy, ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 18, 2003
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    Imaginary Lives

    Talk about site-specific! In a striking raw space in DUMBO (the Stable) that once sheltered police horses, J Mandle Performance has constructed its own performing and viewing arena for Feast (through April 6). Julia Mandle de Bever, whose gifts are f...

    by Tobi Tobias on March 18, 2003
  • Theater

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    Theater

    String Fever By Jacquelyn Reingold Ensemble Studio Theatre 549 West 52nd Street 212-206-1515 What do physics and love have in common? Both provoke endless theorizing that in the end only leads to further uncertainty. Jacquelyn Reingold's scienc...

    on March 18, 2003
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Fear Not: Drop Dead Perfect Won't Hurt a Bit

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Piece of His Heart: Bert Berns Is a Name You Need to Know

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Ever Hear the One About Hamlet's Mother?

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A musical about the Manhattan Project? Bring on the dancing physicists and chorus girls in lab coats. Belt out those odes to fissure. Enrich our hearts with uranium! Atomic is… More >>

The Feather Channel: The Pigeoning Isn't Only for the Birds

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