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2005 Stories by Benjamin Strong

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  • Squatters' Fights: Crackheads and Gentrification in the LES

    published December 27, 2005

    Set in 1982 on the Lower East Side, where a motley band of squatters endeavor to convert their dilapidated tenement into a co-op, Kill the... More >>

  • The Couple: Two Dostoevsky Novels Get a Face-Lift

    published November 29, 2005

    Continuing installments of his latest serial thriller, Crime and Punishment, were due in October 1866, but more pressing for Fyodor... More >>

  • She Said, She Said: Another Side of John Lennon

    published November 15, 2005

    In the lobby of a Miami hotel in 1964, a security guard wouldn't let through the pretty young blonde who claimed she was the wife of a rock star... More >>

  • 'Daltry Calhoun'

    published October 25, 2005

    In television ads for his premium golf turf, sod mogul Daltry Calhoun (Johnny Knoxville) urges you to "get high on grass—the legal kind." But... More >>

  • 'Saw II'

    published October 18, 2005

    The MPAA rejected the original poster for Saw II, an image of two severed fingers. The producers were permitted to keep their grimy digits,... More >>

  • Hurting Each Other

    published October 11, 2005

    Even before her death from anorexia in 1983, Karen Carpenter, with her treacly lyrics and Downey beginnings, was a ready-made camp icon. Next to... More >>

  • Bawdy Electric

    published September 13, 2005

    In his Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin describes his youthful conversion to a vegetarian diet, but in Stacy Schiff's A Great... More >>

  • The Dismemberment Plan

    published August 23, 2005

    Riding his bicycle home from the grocery store, Paul Rayment gets hit by a hot-rodding teenager in the opening scene of J.M. Coet-zee's latest... More >>

  • I of the Needle

    published July 12, 2005

    "It is improper to describe making love to one's sister," John Irving writes in The Hotel New Hampshire (1981) when two siblings finally... More >>

  • 'The Devil's Rejects'

    published July 12, 2005

    If in retrospect musician Rob Zombie's 2003 directorial debut, House of 1,000 Corpses, reads like a yee-hawing harbinger of last fall's... More >>

  • Books

    published June 21, 2005

    The grousing A.R. Ammons (1926–2001) did a fine Ezra Pound imitation, all those folksy spellings, abbreviations, and typographical... More >>

  • Escape From New York

    published April 12, 2005

    Jonathan Mahler's Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning gets its title from a fire that broke out inside an abandoned public school a... More >>

  • Cease the Day

    published April 5, 2005

    This "is not absolutely relevant but somehow I can't avoid mentioning it," says Chick, the narrator of Saul Bellow's Ravelstein (2000).... More >>

  • The Wire

    published February 1, 2005

    Recovering Luddites, paranoids, conspiracy theorists, and their worried ilk are all advised to steer wide of Chatter, Patrick Radden... More >>

  • Film

    published January 25, 2005

    It seems awfully drastic to cast Tara Reid as a brilliant archaeologist in order to secure an atmosphere of the paranormal, but Alone in the... More >>

  • Mediocre Marvel Probes Elektra's Complexes, Costumes

    published January 11, 2005

    When contract assassin Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner) arrives to fillet a target with her trusty sais, it turns out her prey has been... More >>

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