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    The Executors Song

    If dead men tell no tales, they certainly don't finish novels, particularly those 40-odd years in the making. Suffice to say, all claims that the version of Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth cobbled together by literary executor John Callahan is Ellison's l...

    by Greg Tate on July 6, 1999
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    Shy Girl

    The jacket copy of Elizabeth Stark's first novel, Shy Girl, presents the author as a Bay Area native who "writes about the lesbian culture of San Francisco in a wry, winning fashion," and Stark's heroine, Alta Coral, as "a young woman confident, even...

    by Abby Frucht on July 6, 1999
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    Missing Persons

    It's hard to imagine the same universe produced two playwrights as seemingly opposed as Neil LaBute and Naomi Wallace. In this corner we have LaBute, a convert to Mormonism and Mametisms, whose three one-act plays just opened under the title Bash. La...

    by James Hannaham on July 6, 1999
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    Back to Basics - Pasta Pusher Thinks Big

    Basic movement," says Sal Anthony, Italian restaurateur and cofounder of Sal Anthony's Scheffel Hall Movement Salon, "is like Neapolitan cuisinea favorite staple around which all other dishes are built." Anthony, 59, was struggling to learn gymnasti...

    by Thad Dunning on June 29, 1999
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    Channeling Ancestors

    Call Him up! Call Him up! Tell Him what you want!" The throaty sound of the old black ring-shout rocks up from the pit of our bellies, aiming to get Jesusor whom everon the mainline. We are a newly forged community. Direct Energy instructor Reggie ...

    by Eva Yaa Asantewaa on June 29, 1999
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    Wary Traveler

    Once a violin prodigy, Israeli Zvi Gotheiner discovered dance and began seeing the world as a dancer and choreographer. Along with solid professional connections to both the U.S.A. and Israel came increasing awareness that he was not fully at home an...

    by Susan Reiter on June 29, 1999
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    Natural Born Shoppers

    If James Twitchell weren't a graceful, witty writer, his new book, Lead Us Into Temptation: The Triumph of American Materialism, would be excruciating. Twitchell, a professor of English and advertising at the University of Florida at Gainesville, se...

    by M.G. Lord on June 29, 1999
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    Circling the Drain

    There are few joys quite like writing that discovers new words for the mundane: the microwaved sandwich as "radiated," the "mouth [that is] a garnet slash of uneven lips," the subway that is "silver boxes...one strung to another like an enormous ca...

    by Touré on June 29, 1999
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    Double, Double

    Three facts of biography seem pertinent to Toba Khedoori's giant, space-filled drawings. First, she lives in Los Angeles, although she was born and raised in Australia. Second, she is an identical twin (her sister is Rachel Khedoori, an artist who al...

    by Jerry Saltz on June 29, 1999
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    Spirit World

    Since his last New York show, Jos Bedia's personal cosmography has grown increasingly complex. The Cuban-born artist has long studied indigenous faiths more as an acolyte than an anthropologist, always searching for shared traits. In Miami, his hom...

    by Grady T. Turner on June 29, 1999
  • Time Zoned - Robert Wilson's First New York Premiere in 15 Years

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    Time Zoned - Robert Wilson's First New York Premiere in 15 Years

    Ask Robert Wilson if his latest creation, THE DAYS BEFORE, Death, Destruction, & Detroit III, is postmodern, and he laughs. Then the former Texan quips in a robust twang: "I don't even know what that word means. Today, everything's 'postmodern.' " M...

    by Rachel Shteir on June 29, 1999
  • Guilty Innocents

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    Guilty Innocents

    Pedophiles have it hard. When they're not the subjects of moral outrage or legal pursuit, they're paralyzed by morality or disappointed by rejection. From Death in Venice to Lolita, sexual relations between adults and children just don't seem to work...

    by Daniel Handler on June 29, 1999
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    Tea in Our Harbor - Ready for Your Grill This Fourth of July: Broadway Producers

    Costumed as a Mohawk brave, my face painted with the traditional battle markings, I crept over to Times Square late one night with a party of handpicked patriots. Our goal was simple: to reclaim Broadway's theaters for American art, or at least for h...

    by Michael Feingold on June 29, 1999
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    Jeff Stryker Does Hard Time

    Created by Jeff Stryker, porn impresario John Travis, and someone identified in the program as "a writer," the horrifying Jeff Stryker Does Hard Time showcases the many talents of Stryker, the hottest gay porn star of the '80s. These talents include...

    by James Hannaham on June 29, 1999
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    Look Back! - Choreographers Raid the Past

    L'Orfeo must have sounded like this in 1607. Brasses call from the balcony and are answered in the pit, where Ren Jacobs conducts his baroque ensemble, Concerto Vocale, in Claudio Monteverdi's opera. "I am Music," sings Graciela Oddone, praising the...

    by Deborah Jowitt on June 22, 1999
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    Dream Team

    Amid the late-afternoon crowd of loungers and strollers in Washington Square Park, six well-toned young athletes are working out a series of cheerleading moves. As the two women and four men try basket catches and lifts that leave the women standing ...

    by Susan Reiter on June 22, 1999
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    Whine Me Dine Me

    Let's assume that fiction writers have some say about what traits to bestow upon their protagonists, that the muse doesn't just arrive unbidden and deliver a character whole. And let's suppose that three seemingly bright women, two of them well into ...

    by Katherine Dieckmann on June 22, 1999
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    The Lavender List

    Usually my politics would tell me never get involved with 100 best, unless it was cookies,'' said Barbara Smith, cofounder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. But she recently made an exception for the Publishing Triangle's roundup of the 100 Bes...

    by Karen Cook on June 22, 1999
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    Rebirth in Venice

    There's hardly anything wrong with the 48th Venice Biennale. No obtuse curatorial statements. No social-issue faux pas. It's smooth, generous, professional, and filled with grandly realized works in fabulously decrepit spaces. Even the catalogue, org...

    by Kim Levin on June 22, 1999
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    Rising Tide

    The city may be sinking, but the Venice Biennale is staging a comeback, presenting a kaleidoscope of impressions, issues, and symptoms. 1. IT TAKES A GERMAN. Okay, he's Swiss, but Harald Szeemannlegendary standard-bearer of the great Northern Euro...

    by Jerry Saltz on June 22, 1999
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