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2003 Stories by Ed Park

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  • Tracking Shots

    published December 23, 2003

    Small-time gridiron coach Steve Martin and aspiring-writer homemaker Bonnie Hunt preside over a biblically big brood of 12, all but one of whom... More >>

  • Letter-Imperfect Melodrama Just Can't Push the Envelope

    published December 16, 2003

    It took him 30 years to pay it off and it took me eight months to fuck it up," sighs Kathy Nicolo (Jennifer Connelly), in re House of Sand and... More >>

  • Crystal Method

    published December 16, 2003

    One must have a mind of winter to write a book such as Crystallography, with its "Hagiography of Snow," acetate of minuscule upside-down... More >>

  • Tracking Shot

    published December 9, 2003

    As dancer Honey Daniels, Jessica Alba drops gerundial g's, looks after the waifs of abusive families, and flings herself about with such... More >>

  • If I Could Turn Back Time: Crichton Warp Is Déjà Vu All Over

    published December 2, 2003

    Cynics mutter that Master and Commander sullies Patrick O'Brian's source by changing the flags of the menacing Acheron from Stars and... More >>

  • Independents Day: Celebrate it with a Salute to City Lights

    published December 2, 2003

    "Ginsberg and Burroughs will rise from the dead and check your coat," says writer Mark Swartz, organizer of the New York tribute to San... More >>

  • The Elfin Man Takes Manhattan, Faces the Wrath of Caan

    published November 4, 2003

    In this wan Christmas concoction, lumbering human Buddy (Will Ferrell) leaves the elfin toy-making community that raised him and heads south to... More >>

  • The New Cosmopolis

    published November 4, 2003

    How did we all get so AMBULANT anyway? —Lucy Ellmann, Dot in the Universe More >>

  • It Ain't Why Why Why Why Why Why Why Why Why Why, It Just Is

    published September 30, 2003

    Van wouldn't talk to me once he knew I'd gone to see the German Rosicrucian guy," recalls Clive Culbertson, Van Morrison bandmate and mystic... More >>

  • English Trifle: Good Eggs and Bon Mot Bobblers

    published September 30, 2003

    Just what the doctor ordered: Good Morning, Bill, a fizzy P.G. Wodehouse cocktail circa 1927, contains one bona fide bon-mot-bobbling fop,... More >>

  • Sideshows

    published September 16, 2003

    The eve of the 9-11 anniversary, and I'd never felt worse. Nothing for it but to descend to 96 Greenwich Street, through a throng of ground zero... More >>

  • Time Code

    published September 9, 2003

    It stands to reason that Eliot Weinberger, an old Borges hand, should be so adept at teasing out the nightmarish, nearly phantasmagoric dimensions... More >>

  • Forever Bummer

    published September 9, 2003

    What would a proper novelistic response be to the attacks of 9-11? If everyone knows the central story, what stories can be told? A writer I know... More >>

  • Kicked Out

    published September 2, 2003

    On September 5, Miramax will whiff its sixth reported release date for Hong Kong filmmaker-star Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer (2001). Some... More >>

  • Subtext

    published September 2, 2003

    Harry Stephen Keeler's The Peacock Fan appeared in 1941, a year before E.P. Dutton dropped him. Since 1924, Dutton had been home to 37 of... More >>

  • Early Ashton Kutcher Work Unearthed From Miramax Vault

    published August 26, 2003

    My Boss's Daughter's habitual release-date punting and ultimate dog-days dump indicate flop sweat, combined with an accountant's hope that... More >>

  • Training Daze

    published August 19, 2003

    Twenty million pounds of metal, relentless speed, frantic shadow-play, all-devouring sound: Train hopping, as one of the modern-day tramps in... More >>

  • Word Salad

    published August 12, 2003

    Is a trend afoot? Susan Choi's latest fiction imagines the life of a Japanese... More >>

  • Unsuper Freak

    published August 5, 2003

    Freaky Friday, based on a 1972 young people's book by Mary Rodgers (daughter of Richard) and previously adapted in 1976, could truly be... More >>

  • Losing His Voice

    published July 29, 2003

    "Who is Harvey Pekar?" asks comic-book icon Harvey Pekar in "The Harvey Pekar Name Story," a 48-panel monologue devoted to the enduring mysteries... More >>

  • You Call This a Town?

    published July 29, 2003

    Surely The Village Voice could have found someone slightly—well, gayer to review Karen Finley's bizarro melding of Liza... More >>

  • Don't Look Back

    published July 22, 2003

    The Wall Street Journal recently reported that some lyrics in Bob Dylan's "Floater" (off his 2001 album "Love and Theft") bear... More >>

  • Children's Crusades

    published July 22, 2003

    Notes on Camp, with apologies to Susan Sontag: To paraphrase Lady Windemere's Fan: It's absurd to divide movies into good and... More >>

  • Die Another Day

    published July 15, 2003

    "The nineteenth century dislike of Realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass," Wilde writes in his preface to The Picture... More >>

  • Plunder Boys

    published July 8, 2003

    "Take what ye can—give nothing back!" declare some scurvy wags in Gore Verbinski's convoluted but diverting Pirates of the... More >>

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