Ben Beitler

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  • 6 years ago

    "Tao Lin is a revolutionary!" declared The Stranger. OK. Great. The quotation, in all caps, adorns the front cover of my advance copy of Shoplifting From American Apparel, Lin's new novella. The title itself is relegated to the back cover. It's a ...

  • 6 years ago

    Lev Grossman is the book critic for Time magazine and author of the 2004 novel Codex. He's also a total geek. His new novel, The Magicians (Viking, 416 pp., $26.95), is about a young wizard who graduates from wizarding school, gets lost in downtow...

  • 6 years ago

    Adolescence is a good subject for the same reason it's a bad subject: It's basically the same for everyone. Take, for example, the adolescence of Eli (Seth Numrich) in Daniel Talbott's Slipping. Gay, fatherless, brilliant, and borderline suicidal,...

  • 6 years ago

    At the beginning of Robin Hawdon’s Perfect Wedding, Bill (Matt Johnson) awakes on the morning of his marriage beside a beautiful woman (Kristi McCarson). Unfortunately, she’s not his fiancée. Though Bill doesn’t realize it ye...

  • 6 years ago

    The 2009 Ice Factory series starts with A Wonderland, Anonymous Rock Ensemble's adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. In this brooding rock version, Alice (Janelle Lannan) is not a girl in a blue dress, but a lounge singer in a sleazy club. Mid...

  • 6 years ago

    If an individual is to be saved, a family must be destroyed. That, anyway, is the logic of Carole Gaunt's Dance of the Seven-Headed Mouse, currently up at the Beckett Theatre. The fun begins when a happy Fifth Avenue family abruptly loses Molly, i...

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