Darren Reidy

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  • 10 years ago

    At the outset of Marisha Pessl's first novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, 16-year-old narrator Blue van Meer promises to tell us "about Hannah Schneider's death." But we have to wait some 300 pages for Physics to become a surprisingly sedu...

  • 11 years ago

    When Marcel Duchamp drew a goatee on a reproduction of the Mona Lisa, adding the mildly lascivious legend "L.H.O.O.Q." ("She's got a hot ass"), it was the vandal's impulse that had gotten hold of him: a personal disavowal of the work's power over ...

  • 11 years ago

    It's hard to imagine Anthony Quinn's Antinoos, a fatty meat slab of unbrokered confidence and distorted pride, showing up in the movie version of Ben Ehrenreich's retooled Odyssey, The Suitors. The title characters have as much chance of attaining...

  • 11 years ago

    A lot of Pogues fans seem to identify with Shane MacGowan, and in real personal ways. On Paddy's Eve at Nokia Theatre, one twentysomething was invoking the man's gum line, showing a friend the socket from which he'd ripped a molar the week before....

  • 11 years ago

    The Irish Rover turns 12 this year, outlasting by five winters its doomed namesake, a New York-bound barque loaded with "7 million barrels of porter," whose crew succumbed to measles, in the traditional song of the same name. This is a neighborhoo...

  • 11 years ago

    Bar Flies feeds on a willingness to believe, despite past evidence, that the world is knowable, that the familiar will remain so: A drunk maid of honor, in giving her toast, reveals embarrassing secrets about her sister, the bride; a tow truck man...


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