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  • 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
  • Partial Births - Parks Faces Tragedy; Ives Masks Comedy

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    Partial Births - Parks Faces Tragedy; Ives Masks Comedy

    This time around, Suzan-Lori Parks gets an A. Not for Adultery, like Hester Prynne's, and not, I admit regretfully, for Achievement, sufficiently flawed here to rate a B or B plus. But Fucking A has Ambition of a high order, tackled by Parks with an ...

    by Michael Feingold on March 18, 2003
  • Exquisite Corpses - 'Six Feet Under' Comes to Life

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    Exquisite Corpses - 'Six Feet Under' Comes to Life

    If you'd asked me what I thought of Six Feet Under last year, I would have shrugged noncommittally. Something about HBO's funeral-parlor series bugged methe way it seemed so damn proud of its eccentricity and broodiness, even while it resuscitated c...

    by Joy Press on March 18, 2003
  • Observance of Things Current - A.R. Gurney's Mideast Crisis; a Proust Tuner

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    Observance of Things Current - A.R. Gurney's Mideast Crisis; a Proust Tuner

    When A.R. Gurney busted out of the witty, WASPy family play last year in The Fourth Wall to rail against the rightward drift of America, the very question of dramatic form lay at the heart of the work. The heroine just couldn't remain within the stul...

    by Alisa Solomon on March 18, 2003
  • Return of the Jedediah - A Talk With 'Being America' Author Purdy

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    Return of the Jedediah - A Talk With 'Being America' Author Purdy

    Jedediah Purdy: It's the kind of name you don't easily forget, especially when it's attached to a publishing prodigy. In 1999, 24-year-old Purdy published a book that made him a media star. For Common Things solemnly argued for sincerity, humility, a...

    by Joy Press on March 11, 2003
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    The Deuce-ical - Welcome to the Grindhouse

    A lowbrow time tunnel wackily nostalgic for the piss fog and meat-counter movie gore of the recent past, hubby-wife team Bill Landis and Michelle Clifford's Sleazoid Express remembers a very specific place and time: the 42nd Street grindhouses from t...

    by Michael Atkinson on March 11, 2003
  • Boxed In - Networking at the New Museum

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    Boxed In - Networking at the New Museum

    "Living Inside the Grid" is New Museum senior curator Dan Cameron's first group exhibition at a U.S. museum since 1982, and it shows. Cameron has mounted more recent and successful solo-artist exhibits, but here he succumbs to a classic curatorial pi...

    by Karen Rosenberg on March 11, 2003
  • 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
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