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    Jeanne Silverthorne's art is about energy, utility, and futility. Her rubber "paintings," in rubber casts of old-fashioned frames, replicate microelectron photo enlargements of pores and sweat glands. Her sculpture magnifies debris sloughed off by t...

    by Kim Levin on August 10, 1999
  • Guided by Vices - Dylan Baker Scares People


    Guided by Vices - Dylan Baker Scares People

    I have to prove to myself that Dylan Baker is a normal person. So far, people mostly recognize him as the child-molesting suburban dad from Todd Solondz's relentlessly bleak film Happiness. In order to play a part that convincingly, it has to fit som...

    by James Hannaham on August 10, 1999
  • Critical Condition - Assassins and Cash— In Search of a True Theater Discourse


    Critical Condition - Assassins and Cash In Search of a True Theater Discourse

    Last week the Pew Charitable Trust announced it will devote some $50 million over the next five years to pushing cultural policy onto the political agenda. Rather than spending the money on producing art, the $4.7 billion foundation plans to commissi...

    by Alisa Solomon on August 10, 1999
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    Nuraldeen's Lifetime

    In the most powerful scene in Nuraldeen's Lifetime, Nuraldeen, the leader of a Bengali peasant revolt against British rule, recalls how his father, having sold his ox to pay confiscatory taxes, lowers the yoke onto his own shoulders and soon dies...

    by Francine Russo on August 10, 1999
  • Boxing Loves


    Boxing Loves

    Those two locked in an embrace: are they fighting or dancing? That poet at her desk: wrestling or swooning? Antonia Logue's first novel, Shadow-Box, enters this heated border zone with a tale of three intertwined souls who are all equally lovers and ...

    by Stacey D'Erasmo on August 10, 1999
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    Balls of the Belles - The Women's Picture

    "Women in top positions have to make the best business decisions: what's best for the company, not what's best for women," said Jane Rosenthal�top-positioned Tribeca Productions co-founder and producer of films like Wag the Dog and About a Boy�at...

    by Laura Sinagra on August 10, 1999
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    Anonymous Wrecks

    Group offers that most edifying and ennobling form of intellectual voyeurism: a fly-on-the-wall peek at six apparently accomplished New Yorkers miserable enough to seek professional help. All given pseudonyms to protect their privacy, the characters ...

    by Rhonda Lieberman on August 3, 1999
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    Queer Therapy

    Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick has written the kind of book she has always been accused of. Queer theory, with which Sedgwick's name has become near synonymous since the publication in 1990 of Epistemology of the Closet, is characterized by its critics as the...

    by David Kurnick on August 3, 1999
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    This novel of despair, stasis, and regret in post-AIDS New York centers around Randy, a thirtysomething masseur cum hustler who is stunningly handsome. Memories of a childhood sexual relationship with his father's boss have left him numb and inartic...

    by Bruce Benderson on August 3, 1999
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    Meet the Composer - Trisha Brown Dialogues With Music

    It began when Lina Wertmuller approached Trisha Brown about choreographing her 1986 production of Bizet's Carmen. Brown was startled. During the '60s and '70s, almost all the dances made by this brilliant radical were accompanied only by talking or s...

    by Deborah Jowitt on August 3, 1999
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    High Hurdles

    Halfway through The Last Lap, Karole Armitage's new work for White Oak Dance Project, a rough flourish evokes her wilder past. Ruthlyn Salomons does a pretty little arabesque; Susan Shields grabs Salomons's ankle and wrist and gives her a good shake....

    by Christopher Reardon on August 3, 1999
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    Bronx Tales

    It's not every day that an art exhibition makes something as complex and horrific as the Bronx's 40-year season in hell convincingly real. This is the weird achievement of "Urban Mythologies: The Bronx Represented Since the 1960s," at the Bronx Museu...

    by Jerry Saltz on August 3, 1999
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    Water Works

    Socrates Sculpture Park has a spirit of its own. A getaway from Manhattan's commercial art gallery spaces, it rewards visitors with visually refreshing outdoor exhibitions on its East River waterfront in Long Island City. The current exhibition, "7.8...

    by Pavel Baned Radzetski on August 3, 1999
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    Making the Scenes - New Dramatists Turns 50

    On a Thursday afternoon in early May, the ballroom in the Marriott Marquis was buzzing. The occasion: New Dramatists' spring luncheon, a fundraiser for New York's seminal refuge for playwrights. Always a schmoozefest, this year's fete was an even big...

    by Stephen Nunns on August 3, 1999
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    Naked Boys Singing!

    Ibsen may be the father of modern drama, but I don't recall him writing any play with eight nude men dancing in a line, their genitalia swinging in unison. That aesthetic revolution has been left to impresario Robert Schrock and his Naked Boys Singin...

    by Brian Parks on August 3, 1999
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    Psycho Analysis

    Francis E. Dec, Esq., the schizophrenic manifesto writer who acquired an underground following with his musical rants about the "Communist computer god," is the paranoid subject of the Emerging Artist Series's current installment (Performing Garage)....

    on August 3, 1999
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    The Drunken Book

    The exquisite core of Christophe Bataille's slight novel documenting the grand, last days of absinthe, which was officially banned in France in 1915, is the mysterious and ritualized brewing of the emerald green liqueur. This takes place in the labor...

    by Ben Marcus on August 3, 1999
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    Pillow Talk

    Mommy, suburban-blond and cardiganed, lies curled up on the sofa. Daddy, just home from work, unburdens himself of briefcase and joins her. Daddy wants to play. "Once upon a time," he proclaims, "I was a star of the Russian ballet." After some prompt...

    on July 27, 1999
  • Suburban Blight


    Suburban Blight

    When was the last time you read a story in which something good happened in the suburbs? It seems to be a common, almost universal, tactic in American literature to depict the suburbs as a duplicitous world where a safe, materialistic, blandly cheerf...

    by Judy Budnitz on July 27, 1999
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    The Big Con

    Out of print for three decades, David Maurer's legendary 1940 excavation of the con artist's world has been reprinted with a zippy new introduction courtesy of Luc Sante, who's prowled these same alleys with distinction. Fortunately, it hasn't dated ...

    by Jesse Berrett on July 27, 1999
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