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2001 Stories by Ed Park

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  • Reviewer Afraid

    published December 4, 2001

    A pair of movies this week tilts at civilization and its discontents, championing fluid sexuality and scorning societal hypocrisies. That the... More >>

  • The Man Who Wasn't There

    published December 4, 2001

    I. About 23 times a year, by his count, the narrator of Nicholson Baker's novel The... More >>

  • Border-Cross’d

    published November 27, 2001

    The didactic ABCD is less effective in dramatizing the choices facing second-generation Indian Americans than as a showcase for Sheetal... More >>

  • Declarations of Martial Awe

    published November 6, 2001

    The One reduces Nietzschean eternal recurrence to a mere 124 coexisting universes (the "multiverse"), all of them apparently consisting of... More >>

  • Lyrical Gangbang

    published October 30, 2001

    Buppie backlash cast as revenger's tragedy, Bones situates a writhing, viscous City of the Dead in a blasted ghetto so anonymous it must... More >>

  • Gaaah!

    published October 23, 2001

    This week's romantic comedy entries are sitting ducks, titularly speaking: Better Than Sex isn't, while the truly painful Ouch!... More >>

  • Not Necessarily the News

    published October 16, 2001

    Upon a hill in a Tennessee cemetery, 43-year-old Ronnie Simonson, one of the reporters for the handicapped-anchored "show" How's Your... More >>

  • Fate Is Enough

    published October 2, 2001

    Now that irony is dead, it's a sanctioned pleasure to embrace Serendipity, shopworn fluff as regressive as its namesake Upper East Side... More >>

  • Subterranean Homesick Blues

    published September 18, 2001

    "I want good to happen to me, not evil," explains 12-year-old Mihai, one of five homeless children profiled in Edet Belzberg's haunting... More >>

  • Like Pater for ‘Chocolat’

    published August 28, 2001

    A Chicano cover version of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, Tortilla Soup mixes Food Network money shots with the dregs of King... More >>

  • Accidents Will Happen

    published August 21, 2001

    A tricky proposition in life, time travel is a breeze in cinema: Just run the film backward. Opening with such reverse spoolery, Brad Anderson's... More >>

  • Arcane Games

    published August 21, 2001

    Included in the cast of Allen Kurzweil's first novel, 1992's A Case of Curiosities, is a hack writer "partial to narratives based on... More >>

  • Caste Away

    published August 7, 2001

    Disney's The Princess Diaries, despite its grandiose carpet bomb of a title (n.b. the subliminal "Princess Di"), is a modest, enjoyable... More >>

  • The Anatomy Lesson

    published July 31, 2001

    Love "I am not an instructor in love, and what I... More >>

  • The Waterboy

    published June 12, 2001

    This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the death of Ignatius Donnelly, the Populist congressman who single-handedly resurrected the Atlantis... More >>

  • SmackDown

    published May 8, 2001

    Hot mutton for the Medieval Times crowd and unlikely catalyst for a Chaucer revival, A Knight's Tale is at best harmless, if not quite fun.... More >>

  • Web Pages

    published April 10, 2001

    Harry Stephen Keeler (1890-1967) wrote prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically. Perhaps too ecstatically for popular... More >>

  • Chinese Whispers

    published January 16, 2001

    In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue: So runs the New World catechism. But some doubted his primacy even then. Oviedo relates the "romantic... More >>

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