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  • All About the Benjamins - The Bookworm and the Angel

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    All About the Benjamins - The Bookworm and the Angel

    Two aspects of Walter Benjamin face each other across a narrow, bottomless chasm: the all too human pursuer of meaningredemptionand his supernatural, Doppelgangland twin. Like a man with two left hands, on one we have the solitary intuitionist, heu...

    by Howard Hampton on March 4, 2003
  • The Art of Tragedy - What I Love About 'What I Loved'

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    The Art of Tragedy - What I Love About 'What I Loved'

    Too many novelists skim the surface of the New York art world: a decadent setting for parties and ready-made satire of all things faddish and fashionable. But Siri Hustvedt, who brought us The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, actually gets it. She gets the ...

    by Jori Finkel on March 4, 2003
  • The Rational Pastime - Greenberg Wins the Pennant; Haring Gets Marketed Again

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    The Rational Pastime - Greenberg Wins the Pennant; Haring Gets Marketed Again

    Like a team getting back into shape for a grueling season, Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, in its move to Broadway, has shed its excess weight, sharpened its reflexes, tightened its interplay, and worked out a nifty new set of signals. How odd that ...

    by Michael Feingold on March 4, 2003
  • The Axers of Evil - Pentagon Spokesman Jerry Bruckheimer; Buffy's Dread

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    The Axers of Evil - Pentagon Spokesman Jerry Bruckheimer; Buffy's Dread

    As if reality TV didn't have enough shame attached to it, some critics are condemning the genre as an embarrassing manifestation of national denialan attempt to drown out nagging thoughts of war and terrorism. I happen to think these shows are side ...

    by Joy Press on March 4, 2003
  • Brownies and Yalies - Is ZZ Tops?

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    Brownies and Yalies - Is ZZ Tops?

    Never mind the sprawling, flamboyant fiction of yesteryearhyperactive spectacles like White Teeth and Infinite Jest that ransacked late-20th-century popular culture, burning through plotlines, information, and imagination with merry abandon. Good wr...

    by Joy Press on February 25, 2003
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    Hot Nuts - Revisiting Paul Goodman's Opus

    Breathless and drunk on modernity, childish, bawdy, and at times inscrutably theoretical, social critic Paul Goodman's epic lurches through three decades of war-addled New York. Divided chronologically into four books serialized in the '40s and '50s,...

    by Andrew Friedman on February 25, 2003
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    Dream Lovers - You're Not Even Looking at It

    Arthur Schnitzler's 1925 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story) was Stanley Kubrick's dream project, optioned by the director in 1970 and completed in 1999 just days before his death. Were the perfectionist Kubrick alive for the dismissive Eyes Wide Shut...

    by Mark Peranson on February 25, 2003
  • Greene’s Saucy Tabasco, Virgil's Pillow Fight - Five Days, Five Plays

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    Greenes Saucy Tabasco, Virgil's Pillow Fight - Five Days, Five Plays

    Around this time of year, fleeing New York becomes a fearsome temptation. With gray skies overhead and gray slush underfoot, those "Come to Jamaica" TV spots or U.S. Virgin Islands subway ads can take on a positively totemic significance. But if an a...

    by Alexis Soloski on February 25, 2003
  • Traveling Through - Clubs in Space and Dancing Beyond Death

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    Traveling Through - Clubs in Space and Dancing Beyond Death

    How comforting is this: David Neumann's weirdly witty Sentence was partly inspired by an eight-page Donald Barthelme sentence. I can forget "understanding," slouch in my seat at P.S.122 (where the work runs through March 2), and watch the bodies coll...

    by Deborah Jowitt on February 25, 2003
  • Swept Away - On Still Being Smitten With Matthew Barney

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    Swept Away - On Still Being Smitten With Matthew Barney

    I'm not going to eat my words about the current state of the Guggenheim. Still, it's thrilling to be able to say an exhibition at this museum is terrific. Probably no other New York institution would give a 36-year-old American artist this kind of sp...

    by Jerry Saltz on February 25, 2003
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    Ballet by and for the Young

    Here on a visit, the senior students of Britain's Royal Ballet School showcased their talents and training (Kaye Playhouse, February). Compared with their counterparts at the Paris Opra Ballet School (seen earlier this season) and those of the Schoo...

    on February 25, 2003
  • Aristophanes vs. Rumsfeld - THAW and the Lysistrata Project's Anti-War Fare

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    Aristophanes vs. Rumsfeld - THAW and the Lysistrata Project's Anti-War Fare

    The mood is set with wild costumes and outlandish puppets; blood and gore and baby carriages; music, singing, and dancing. Impassioned speeches ring out over rapt crowds. The modern large-scale political rally, the major manifestation of the growing ...

    by Anya Kamenetz on February 25, 2003
  • Irish Lives and Livers - From Opposite Sides of a Small Island, Two Small Sad Plays

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    Irish Lives and Livers - From Opposite Sides of a Small Island, Two Small Sad Plays

    "What a foolish thing it is," said one of Bernard Shaw's characters, "to call people Irish because they live in Ireland. You might as well call them Airish because they live in air." Shaw, of course, was that typically Irish paradox, a Dublin Protest...

    by Michael Feingold on February 25, 2003
  • Theater

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    Theater

    Genets Court Gestures Anyone needing further proof that the current Off-Broadway theater scene is a timid place should go see The Blacks: A Clown Show at the Classical Theatre of Harlem and marvel that this starkly expressionistic, mind-fogging, a...

    on February 18, 2003
  • MOMA's Boys - Friendship + Rivalry = Great Radical Art

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    MOMA's Boys - Friendship + Rivalry = Great Radical Art

    The Museum of Modern Art is in the aesthetic equivalent of pig heaven. It's got its two main guys, its Mantle and Mays, its twin peaks going head to head, painting by painting, in its temporary digs in Queens. The total is more than a blockbuster, it...

    by Jerry Saltz on February 18, 2003
  • Home's Stead - Cult Classics, Not Bestsellers

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    Home's Stead - Cult Classics, Not Bestsellers

    Britain's punk plagiarist Stewart Home's early novels mixed the sex and violence of Richard Allen's '70s pulp fiction (Skinhead, Suedehead) with his own brand of Situationism. His best novel, Slow Death (1996), is a high-speed romp through the London...

    by Mary Jacobi on February 18, 2003
  • Good Things in Black Boxes - Humanity in Geometry, Hell in Miami, and Dancing With Shadows

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    Good Things in Black Boxes - Humanity in Geometry, Hell in Miami, and Dancing With Shadows

    In Jean-Paul Sartre's 1944 play No Exit, hell was a drawing room in which two women and a man replayed their wrangles for eternity. With a fine irony, Katie Workum and Leigh Garrett have made their hell a place some consider paradise: Miami Beach. Th...

    by Deborah Jowitt on February 18, 2003
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    Razzle-Dazzle 'Em!

    What fun it must be to claim performers as resourceful and giving as Zvi Gotheiner's troupe. Fun, too, to be part of ZviDance and make a huge, unique world in each piece. Two first-rate works in the Altogether Different series (Joyce Theater, January...

    by Eva Yaa Asantewaa on February 18, 2003
  • A Rumi of One’s Own - Novelist Pico Iyer Navigates the Spirit Level

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    A Rumi of Ones Own - Novelist Pico Iyer Navigates the Spirit Level

    The mystics of three religions leave their marks on the face of Granada. The Zohar, the central text of the Kabbalah, was written by one of the city's native sons, Moses de Leon. Granada's monasteries include one built by Saint John of the Cross, as ...

    by Jyoti Thottam on February 18, 2003
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    Divine Intervention - Exile on Poverty Street

    The air is thick with portent in Nigerian writer Helon Habila's stirring first novel, Waiting for an Angel. But how could it not be? In this tale set in Lagos during General Sani Abacha's military rule in the mid '90s, there's an edginess to every ac...

    by Anderson Tepper on February 18, 2003
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Dishonorable Recharge: Preston Sturges Deserves Better

"I've always been sensible and good," cries Isabelle Parry (Keilly McQuail), a Southern belle getting her first taste of the wicked big city. Now our ingenue just wants to drink… More >>

The New Museum Assembles a Staggering Show of Arab Art The New Museum Assembles a Staggering Show of Arab Art

New Yorkers are accustomed to publicly admitting our provincialism while privately upholding the belief that we live at the center of it all. The New Museum's current exhibition "Here and… More >>

Mala Hierba Straddles Two Worlds You Wouldn't Want to Live In

McAllen, Texas, sits in the Rio Grande Valley at a crossroads of fates. Desperate migrants fleeing murderous drug wars arrive on the threshold of salvation. Magnates with shady interests on… More >>

Of Course Larry Clark's Art Show is Full of Bare Teenage Bodies Of Course Larry Clark's Art Show is Full of Bare Teenage Bodies

Larry Clark's latest exhibition, "they thought i were but i aren't anymore...," is a small survey of sorts, composed of photographs, collages, and — for the first time — paintings… More >>

Fear Not: Drop Dead Perfect Won't Hurt a Bit

Idris Seabright's cottage looks idyllic. Pink paint and potted palms give her living room just the right tropical breeziness. A portrait of flinty, bearded Captain Horace Seabright hangs over her… More >>

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

"I want to be known," says the magnetic young actor Zak Resnick, playing the part of songwriter Bert Berns. Bert who? Berns, the subject of this biographical jukebox musical, penned… More >>

Ever Hear the One About Hamlet's Mother?

"People should take Gertrude seriously," declares the queen, speaking of herself in the third person. Howard Barker's 2002 rendering of Hamlet defends the title character (Hamlet's mother), by rethinking her… More >>

Gimme Fallout Shelter: Atomic is an Epic Meltdown of a Musical

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

If you think those people in The Birds had it bad, just wait till you meet Frank, the nebbishy hero of Robin Frohardt's puppet play The Pigeoning. Now running at… More >>

Behind the German Blitzkrieg of Pop Art

How is it that the nation that vilified the avant-garde in the first half of the 20th century somehow brought forth a band of artists that propelled vanguard art into… More >>

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