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  • The Art of War - Painting in the Wake of the A-Bomb

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    The Art of War - Painting in the Wake of the A-Bomb

    Picturesque ruins, accreted over decades, lifetimes, and generations, are a romantic staple of painting, metaphors for life's trials and death's inexorable march. Since World War II, though, an entire city can be flattened to scorched rubble in liter...

    by R.C. Baker on March 11, 2003
  • Oh God, Book II - Novelist Bryan's Sound of Silence

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    Oh God, Book II - Novelist Bryan's Sound of Silence

    "I once planned a book which was to consist entirely of dedications," P.G. Wodehouse quipped at the start of Bertie Wooster Sees It Through, "but abandoned the idea because I could not think of a dedication for it." Veteran nonfictioneer Mike Bryan's...

    by Ed Park on March 11, 2003
  • Don Juan's New Director of Playa Personnel - Bartlett Sher Helms Molière for TFANA

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    Don Juan's New Director of Playa Personnel - Bartlett Sher Helms Molire for TFANA

    A talk with director Bartlett Sher turns into a conversation about conversations. He likes to have them. He likes chatting with, for instance, actor Byron Jennings, whom he's directing in Theatre for a New Audience's upcoming Don Juan, and whom he di...

    by David Finkle on March 11, 2003
  • Sunshine and Shadows - Old Master, Young Upstart

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    Sunshine and Shadows - Old Master, Young Upstart

    As usual, Paul Taylor's City Center season (through Sunday) entices us with vistas of heaven and hell. But part of what makes him a great choreographer is the curious little twists in his lyrical dances and the way his monsters tug at your heart. In ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 11, 2003
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    Keep the Old

    Like many choreographers of middling gifts, the pair who create the rep of Buglisi/Foreman Dance (Joyce, February 25 through March 2) come up with the same piece again and again. The results are sometimes compellingvivid and touching. The rest of th...

    by Tobi Tobias on March 11, 2003
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    Theater

    The Ring Cycle In writer-director Tory Vazquez's last play, The Florida Project, her roadside-attraction heroes grappled with vicious gators. In her current show, Wrestling Ladies (P.S.122), the opponents have moved up the evolutionary scale, but d...

    on March 11, 2003
  • Unfinished Euphonies - It's Writing for the Stage, but Is It Playwriting?

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    Unfinished Euphonies - It's Writing for the Stage, but Is It Playwriting?

    The people in Our Lady of 121st Street caught my interest early on, and they never stopped interesting me, albeit mildly. They never interested me more, and they never interested me less. When I left the Union Square Theatre about two hours later, no...

    by Michael Feingold on March 11, 2003
  • How to Write a Thriller, Post–9-11 - Publish and Perish

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    How to Write a Thriller, Post9-11 - Publish and Perish

    That was the thing about New Yorkif you loved it, if it worked for you, it ruined you for anyplace else in the world. Lawrence Block, Small Town With 8 million stories in the naked city, New York has inspired more books than any other Ameri...

    by J.Y. Yeh on March 4, 2003
  • More Than Meets the Eye - The Quiet Revolution of Carrie Mae Weems

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    More Than Meets the Eye - The Quiet Revolution of Carrie Mae Weems

    Five years ago, Carrie Mae Weems created an abbreviated world history of struggle in an installation called Ritual and Revolution. Printed on muslin banners were photos of serene landscapes and human chaos, dead palaces, Holocaust victims, a riot. ...

    by C. Carr on March 4, 2003
  • Colliding Worlds - Mapping States and Bodies

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    Colliding Worlds - Mapping States and Bodies

    I used to wish someone would give Twyla Tharp a good-sized company and a theater and a lot of money, so she could whip up marvelous dances year in and year out. Tharp hoped that, toomaybe still does. But she wants it allconcert dance, Broadway, mov...

    by Deborah Jowitt on March 4, 2003
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    Making History - Two Photographers Shoot, Score

    The two photographers have nothing in common except current New York shows that have generated more than the usual amount of interest and discussion. One, Luc Delahaye, is a 40-year-old Paris-based photojournalist with the Magnum agency who has worke...

    by Vince Aletti on March 4, 2003
  • Through the Flames - HERE's Evil Grandmother; Dawn Akemi Saito's Elegy

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    Through the Flames - HERE's Evil Grandmother; Dawn Akemi Saito's Elegy

    It's the stuff of fairy tales. The finest artisans craft a human figure so beautiful that it makes onlookers breathless. But all their skill or wisdom cant make it breathe and live. The same might be said of the sumptuously mounted Erendira and Bloo...

    by Francine Russo on March 4, 2003
  • We're #2! - Howard's Professor of Desire; O'Hara Gets Skittish

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    We're #2! - Howard's Professor of Desire; O'Hara Gets Skittish

    The charm of the second-rate shouldn't be snubbed. Plays that comfortably do their job of gently stirring the emotions while raising a couple worthy thoughts are rare enough in a theatrical marketplace jam-packed with third- and fourth-rate goods. Br...

    by Charles McNulty on March 4, 2003
  • 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 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
  • 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
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    Everyone Benefits

    Dance well and do good! Curator Marya Wethers's "Food for Thought" show, "Divercity" (Danspace Project, February), solicited food donations for an anti-hunger initiative while the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers (Theater for the New City) raised ...

    by Eva Yaa Asantewaa 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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