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2005 Stories by Ed Park

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  • They Never Forget

    published December 20, 2005

    Some writers make me laugh out loud; Rachel Ingalls makes me cackle. Embedded in her fictions are blackly comic asides; razor-sharp lines... More >>

  • A Pale View of Dull: Countess Can't Overcome Crushing Tedium

    published December 13, 2005

    Fusing the supple novelist Kazuo Ishiguro's storytelling instincts and the wanton eye of DP Christopher Doyle should be an exciting proposition,... More >>

  • Nobody's Fool

    published November 29, 2005

    July 21 Diaries are what we keep before we get famous. (Not sure if true, but sounds good.) Have just scrapped a sententious paragraph... More >>

  • A Short Rhetoric for Leaving the Family

    published November 8, 2005

    In the Fold, Rachel Cusk's odd and unsettling new novel, is never quite what you think it is. Or rather, it doesn't become what you think... More >>

  • Gang of Four

    published November 8, 2005

    It begins in nightmare and ends in a labyrinth, a shape right out of Borges. Along the way, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth... More >>

  • Humbert: An Introduction

    published November 1, 2005

    Editor's note: In July of this year, cleaning out my "N" file, I discovered the pristine galleys for Mercy Pang's foreword to a book on... More >>

  • Bunny Business

    published September 27, 2005

    Though Wallace and Gromit, turophile inventor and canny canine, have only made four appearances in 16 years, the plasticine pair captures the... More >>

  • Sightlines

    published September 27, 2005

    Pastoralia is quintessential George Saunders—the fiction writer's allegory of the cave as totally American workplace hell. In Yehuda... More >>

  • The Great Unknown

    published September 20, 2005

    Richard Stern is known for not being better known. A native New Yorker (born 1928) and for many years a University of Chicago professor, an... More >>

  • 'The Rodnees: We Mod Like Dat!'

    published September 20, 2005

    This mockumentary in which a group of failed Brooklyn rappers switch gears after listening to the Beatles wears out its welcome quicker than the... More >>

  • Drawing From the Heart and Soul of a Country in Chaos

    published September 13, 2005

    In April 2003, New York artist Steve Mumford went to Iraq under the auspices of the online magazine Artnet. He would make four trips over... More >>

  • Choreographile Delight: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Dance on Air

    published September 13, 2005

    Here at last on DVD are five of the 10 films Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers inhabited, "chapters in a single epic romance" (per Arlene Croce) or a... More >>

  • Books

    published September 6, 2005

    Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran became a surprise hit in 2003, and the paperback edition has spent over a year on the New York... More >>

  • Shadowland

    published August 16, 2005

    This year has already seen a spate of books about the situation in North Korea—including Jasper Becker's Rogue Regime, Roland... More >>

  • The Conformist

    published August 16, 2005

    Michael Showalter's directorial debut is an immodestly refreshing crash course in modesty. CPA Elliot Sherman (Showalter) is the self-described... More >>

  • North vs. West Gymnastics Documentary Sticks the Landing

    published August 2, 2005

    Here's the pitch: Waiting for Guffman meets Bring It On . . . in exotic Pyongyang! British director Daniel Gordon's doc A State... More >>

  • 'Saint Ralph'

    published July 26, 2005

    Catholic schoolboy Ralph Walker (Adam Butcher) quixotically enters the 1954 Boston Marathon, magically thinking that a big Beantown victory... More >>

  • Capturing an Artist's Aura

    published July 26, 2005

    Jessica Yu's elegant doc is a spry, creative response to Henry Darger's oceanic talent and claustrophobic life. Clocking in at 82 minutes, the... More >>

  • Soul-Grinding, Eye-Opening, and Absurd: Tales of a Low Life

    published July 26, 2005

    In 1972, to scare up some scratch before college, the young Luc Sante worked in a grim plastics plant, a job at once soul-grinding, eye-opening,... More >>

  • Books

    published July 19, 2005

    John Porcellino's Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man is the comics equivalent of Nabokov's Butterflies—an idiosyncratic... More >>

  • 'Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress'

    published July 19, 2005

    Director Dai Sijie has filmed an adaptation of his own bestselling novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, a metamorphosis... More >>

  • Gimme Nonfiction

    published July 12, 2005

    The writer B.S. Johnson (1933–1973), subject of Jonathan Coe's Like a Fiery Elephant, could be mistaken for a no-holds-barred... More >>

  • Stranger With Candy

    published July 5, 2005

    With the Michael Jackson trial over, it's a shade less discomfiting to watch Johnny Depp, as reclusive candy wizard Willy Wonka, escort five... More >>

  • Focused And Relentless Absurdity, Plus Ben Stiller

    published July 5, 2005

    Sporting a Dirty Mind-era Prince 'do, the ubiquitous Ben Stiller is nicely unbuttoned as White Goodman, head of a health club that he runs... More >>

  • 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'

    published May 24, 2005

    Mailmen will have a field day calculating the postage spent by Sisterhood's four teenage gal pals, as they send a single pair of jeans... More >>

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