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2001 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • Dragons, Dwarves Save Theater

    published December 11, 2001

    Reasons to wolf down Radiohole's Wurst (Take It and Eat It!) (I mean...take it and keep it.): Because it's performed at a viable theater... More >>

  • Woo Is Me

    published November 27, 2001

    As every amateur herpetologist knows, turtles don't have much of a voice. (If they did, it would likely be atrociously scaly and squeaky.) But... More >>

  • The Red Meat Moment

    published November 20, 2001

    If an anti-corporate god does indeed exist, then Reverend Billy is his prophet. The good reverend—a creation of performance artist Bill... More >>

  • A Trip to Reno

    published October 16, 2001

    "Into the great wide open," drawls Tom Petty on the sound system, "a rebel without a clue." Well, Tom got it wrong this time. Not even a... More >>

  • Bodies of Evidence

    published October 9, 2001

    A Japanese woman in gray body paint, a Carthaginian helmet, and a tail suffers a rhythmic beating from a Caucasian man bleeding from the mouth.... More >>

  • No Sex, but Lots of Nice Furniture

    published September 18, 2001

    In 1838 Kentucky, the women of the Shaker enclave of Pleasant Hill gather to pray, sing hymns, and confess their sins—one woman had an extra... More >>

  • The Dane Mutiny

    published September 11, 2001

    In James Thurber's "The Macbeth Murder Mystery," an American matron tears through the Scottish play as though it's a piece of detective fiction,... More >>

  • Morningside Nights

    published August 21, 2001

    I met my last boyfriend at a Columbia neighborhood pub, at a reception for my ill-fated foray into a doctoral program. He was leaning on the bar,... More >>

  • Britney’s School for Aliens

    published August 21, 2001

    On the first Monday of New York's fifth annual Fringe Festival, the dais at the Present Company boasted a bottle of Poland Spring and a vase of... More >>

  • Guns ’n’ Poses

    published August 14, 2001

    Had Billy the Kid survived Pat Garrett's bullets, lived to the ripe age of 47, and taken in a Broadway show, he might have been amused by... More >>

  • Five the Bard Way

    published July 24, 2001

    Those supercomputers programmed to determine the last digit of pi have it easy. A more taxing calculation: Totalling the number of Shakespeare... More >>

  • Native Son Noted

    published July 3, 2001

    There's little fire this time in Blue Heron's A Prophet Among Them, a James Baldwin bio-play with occasional music. The playwright, actors,... More >>

  • Rule of Thumb

    published June 12, 2001

    Five years ago, grasping at a name for their theater company, Meg MacCary and Maria Striar happened upon a book of palmistry. In it, they... More >>

  • Glazed and Confused

    published May 29, 2001

    As Karen Finley reclines on a striped recamier, her satin dress hiked up to her waist, legs crossed coyly, she intones, "You respect me for all my... More >>

  • The Class Menagerie

    published May 22, 2001

    Cherry Jones The Syringa TreeAn inspired masterpiece. To watch Pamela Gein become those 25 or so characters, in this piece she... More >>

  • The Color Pimple

    published March 27, 2001

    In Flowers, Lulu wakes on the morning of her 12th birthday with untreatable, unspeakable acne—acne that soon transforms into hibiscus... More >>

  • Fake Germans Enjoy Beer, Porn

    published February 27, 2001

    In 1971, the West German government pasted up millions of posters calling for the arrest of the Baader-Meinhof gang. "Our youth is turning on us!"... More >>

  • Week in the Knees

    published January 16, 2001

    A barefoot man in an ill-sewn tuxedo wrings his hands in despair. "Who's going to see this?" he cries. "Nobody! Who's going to enjoy this?... More >>

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