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2006 Stories by Alexis Soloski

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  • Sell High; Buy Low

    published June 13, 2006

    Though Major League Baseball banned the spitball in 1920, Brooklyn Dodger Burleigh Grimes won a special dispensation to throw that lubricious... More >>

  • Gentle Den

    published June 13, 2006

    Surrounded by the detritus of a dozen basement dens, Daniel Kitson slouches in a cast-off armchair and unfolds stories of loneliness. A lumpish... More >>

  • The Genuine Article

    published June 6, 2006

    As audience members arrive for Brian Copeland's solo show Not a Genuine Black Man, a mix of topical pop songs plays over the theater's... More >>

  • Totally '80s

    published June 6, 2006

    According to his mother, Mark Smith was "a very nice boy, a very sweet boy. He would help his father take stuff in from the yard." His music... More >>

  • Curious Yellow

    published May 30, 2006

    A public service announcement for characters on the New York stage: Do not let the actor Elias Koteas into your house. Yes, you may find yourself... More >>

  • Uneasy Writer

    published May 23, 2006

    Still Life, a 2001 video by visual artist Sam Taylor-Wood, depicts a basket of lush fruits subsiding into gray muck. In just under four... More >>

  • Dress to Regress

    published May 23, 2006

    We Americans may imagine ourselves terribly clever—champions of snaps, slaps, and all manner of "yo' mama" refrains. But when it comes to... More >>

  • Tales Out of School

    published May 16, 2006

    According to the U.S. Department of Education, we can all rejoice since "President Bush made a commitment to ensure that all children receive a... More >>

  • International Band of Mystery

    published May 16, 2006

    Emerald, clay, turquoise, silver, onyx, amber, bronze." Fanny, the matriarch of a mansion on the More Moor, prizes a necklace composed of... More >>

  • Extreme Makeovers

    published May 9, 2006

    A zipper factory. A lumberyard. An orphanage. A yoga studio. Schools, speakeasies, banks, and churches. Nearly every building now housing an... More >>

  • Proud Marys

    published May 2, 2006

    Poor Queen Mary. Sure, she ruled En-gland and wore only the fanciest ruffs and sentenced hundreds of Protestants to violent death—a diverting... More >>

  • Dread Bath & Beyond

    published April 25, 2006

    Edna, an affectless 23-year-old in the midst of a grimy quarter-life crisis, draws on a series of pickup lines found nowhere in The Game.... More >>

  • Dearth of a Nation

    published April 18, 2006

    "Luxury," bemoans the upstanding Colonel Manly, the hero of Royall Tyler's 1787 comedyThe Contrast, "is surely the bane of a nation. [It]... More >>

  • Wonder Boys

    published April 11, 2006

    At the opening of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's semi-autobiographical comedy Based on a Totally True Story, comic-book writer and playwright... More >>

  • Clash of Symbols

    published March 28, 2006

    Lottie, an upright Minnesota housewife, is suspicious of the Southerners, Dinah and Dan, boarding in her home. "Where do they come from?" she asks... More >>

  • Exquisite Clips

    published March 21, 2006

    In Tom Stoppard's wondrous play Arcadia, the precocious Thomasina bewails the burning of Alexander's library. "All the lost plays of the... More >>

  • Blood Brothers

    published March 21, 2006

    At first blush, Qui Nguyen's latest drama, Trial by Water, based on his cousin Hung's disastrous escape from Vietnam via boat, seems a... More >>

  • Half Nelson

    published March 14, 2006

    In the 1570s, the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne wrote his famed essay "On Cannibals," which concerned the inhabitants of the newly... More >>

  • Lava Vamp

    published March 7, 2006

    According to Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, it is love that will tear you apart. Nevertheless, innumerable tons of mud, rock, timber, and lava... More >>

  • Cat Fights

    published February 28, 2006

    In Martin McDonagh's coal-black comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore, it isn't curiosity that's killed the cat. Rather, a few thumps with a... More >>

  • Fancy Pants

    published February 28, 2006

    Whatever, we ask, are these "wooden breeks" that lend Glen Berger's latest play its name? Well, according to nine-year-old Wicker Grigs, "Breeks... More >>

  • O Holy Knight

    published February 21, 2006

    In the 2002 New Yorker essay entitled "Looking at War," Susan Sontag wrote, "War is seen as something men do, inveterately, undeterred by... More >>

  • Lady's Choice

    published February 14, 2006

    Nineteenth-century critics condemned Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well as "really exceptionable," "exceedingly gross," and... More >>

  • Bird Flew

    published February 14, 2006

    According to the Norwegian legend of Jostedalsrypa, when the black death decimated the village of Jostedal, only one small girl survived. She... More >>

  • Board Silly

    published February 7, 2006

    When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for the tenants of a posh Fifth Avenue co-op building to overthrow its board, as is the... More >>

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