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  • Art of the City

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    Art of the City

    The silver-haired ladies sunning themselves in Gramercy Park, with toy poodles tucked into their purses, might be surprised to learn that early in this century their neighborhood was a hotbed of radical activity. Branch One of the Socialist Party was...

    by Leslie Camhi on June 8, 1999
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    All Ears

    If you've ever trekked through one of Dennis Cooper's novels, you know that the writing is usually fascinating and the going is often tough. Quick and queer in both senses of both words he's an undeniable talent, but as each book fades into a hall...

    by Daniel Handler on June 8, 1999
  • Fear and Self-Loathing

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    Fear and Self-Loathing

    David Foster Wallace's work tempts reviewers to applaud him in terms that alienate the rest of America. This is a sad thing, since Wallace deserves to be read, for pleasure, by a good many people. There are some obvious reasons why Wallace is such cr...

    by Alex Abramovich on June 8, 1999
  • Screen Testiness

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    Screen Testiness

    An artist is a parasite," says one of S.J. Perelman's characters, "scratch any one of 'em, and what you'll find underneath is money from home." The culture that bases everything on money doesn't really have a social role for artists to fulfill. Iden...

    by Michael Feingold on June 8, 1999
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    SparkleFEST 2000

    Esquivel plays, the backdrop glitters, attendants traipse through the crowd dispensing Jell-O jigglers in the shape of hearts and stars it's ultralounge as broadcast by the Cartoon Network. Welcome to the world of the New Wondertwins, a distaff du...

    by Alexis Soloski on June 8, 1999
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    On the Wing

    Collecting and recollecting are at the center of both the memoirist's art and the science of entomology. No one understood this better than Vladimir Nabokov, that perpetual exile who made a homeland of his mind's vast capacities. Born into highly li...

    by Leslie Camhi on June 8, 1999
  • Suburban Scrawl

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    Suburban Scrawl

    After the deserved success of her debut collection The Safety of Objects, A.M. Homes found herself riding the rapids of a confluence of transgressive fiction and Gen-X Downtownism. Somehow the tributaries which floated '80s axioms Catherine Texier an...

    by Joshua Clover on June 1, 1999
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    The French Connection

    When Erich Segal, the author of Love Story, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1972, the judges threatened to resign in protest if his name was not withdrawn. Last January, however, in a gesture that underscored the French's idiosyncratic ...

    by Jonathan Bing on June 1, 1999
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    The Inhuman Condition

    One of the most revealing sections in Pramoedya Ananta Toer's powerful memoir The Mute's Soliloquy is also its starkest: a list of the dead and missing political prisoners on the Indonesian penal colony of Buru Island. The list stops at number 315, t...

    by Luis H. Francia on June 1, 1999
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    Downtown Memories - Renewing the Old

    A trim, sixtyish man in a suit walks in circles, pauses in profile for long moments, removes his jacket, shirt, and pants freezing now and then in mid act and hangs the garments on hooks taped to his body. Steve Paxton recreates his 1964 solo Flat ...

    by Deborah Jowitt on June 1, 1999
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    Muse's Moment

    Carmen de Lavallade introduced Alvin Ailey to dance ("He was on the gym team and looked like a dancer, so I suggested he take class"), performed in a Paris cabaret with Josephine Baker ("Unlike many at the time, she was very gracious"), and taught Me...

    by Kenya Hunt on June 1, 1999
  • North of Tennessee

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    North of Tennessee

    The Arclight Theater is located in what appears to be the crypt it's certainly the basement of a gray-stone, quasi-Gothic church, not the place where you would most expect to find either Tennessee Williams or a performance by Eli Wallach and Anne...

    by Michael Feingold on June 1, 1999
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    Speed Freaks

    Writer-director Robert Cucuzza's latest theatrical acid trip, Speed Freaks, takes place in the cramped headquarters of Paw-Paw's Famous Canned Peas. As head honcho of this rogue company, Ivan (played with demented, maniacal wit by the author himsel...

    by Charles McNulty on June 1, 1999
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    Stage Struck - From Fringe to Pop Welcome to the Big Boom in Summer Theater Festivals

    On those muggy, oppressive days that routinely assault New Yorkers in summertime, residents have few options. Those who can, flee. The rest crank the AC or sit in the cool dark of the neighborhood multiplex. Or so goes the conventional wisdom. Actu...

    by Stuart Miller on June 1, 1999
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The lights dim and a swarm of latecomers rush to seat themselves. The conductor enters the pit, the music starts, the curtain rises, and two guys in doublets and black pants fight with swords while a queen drinks from a poisoned cup and . . . hey, t...

    by Alexis Soloski on June 1, 1999
  • Mummy Dearest

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    Mummy Dearest

    Near the end of Goodnight Children Everywhere, one character carries a small bundle; a shrill infant's cry pierces the air but does not seem to travel with the "baby." This disconnect is but one small symptom of the credibility problem in Richard Nel...

    by Francine Russo on June 1, 1999
  • Art of Darkness

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    Art of Darkness

    The little shop of horrors that is Ashley Bickerton's sixth solo show at this gallery picks up where his fifth left off. Full of hyperrealistically rendered ghouls, geeks, monsters, and weirdos, these new works take his visual extremes to even furthe...

    by Jerry Saltz on June 1, 1999
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    Face Off

    In case you missed Turbulent, Shirin Neshat's enchanting 1998 video installation at the Whitney's Philip Morris space last year, now is your chance to see how this Iranian-born, Berkeley-educated artist melds images and sound into mesmerizingly lyri...

    by Alexandra Rowley on June 1, 1999
  • Drama on Pointe - Ballet Companies Are Busy Acting Up

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    Drama on Pointe - Ballet Companies Are Busy Acting Up

    Outside the Met, where American Ballet Theatre's annual season of block busters runs through June 19, food-service workers seeking to unionize pass out pamphlets noting the appropriateness of the evening's offering, Petipa's La Bayadre (1877): it wa...

    by Deborah Jowitt on May 25, 1999
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    Pas de Duke

    How many choreographers will it take to light up an Ellington celebration? At the New York City Ballet, three: Robert La Fosse for ballet cred, Susan Stroman for showbiz glitz, and Garth Fagan for modern jazz inflection. The genre hopping makes sense...

    by David Yaffe on May 25, 1999
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