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  • 11 years ago

    Reading The Chrysanthemum Palace, Bruce Wagner's latest novel, is like watching a drunk pretending to walk a straight line all the while knowing he's heading for a nasty spill. In this case the drunk is Thad Michelet, the self-loathing son of a gr...

  • 11 years ago

    When Blake split the world in half, pitting Songs of Innocence against Songs of Experience, he gave all the good lines to the voice of age. So it's a compliment in the best Romantic sense to say that Damon Krukowski in The Memory Theater Burned so...

  • 11 years ago

    Next time you don't-forget-your-receipt at Duane Reade, thank John Patterson, founder of the National Cash Register Company. Starting in 1884, Patterson led a campaign to put a cash register in every store across America. It wasn't easy: Clerks fe...

  • 12 years ago

    Long before reality TV assumed its misleading name, Andy Warhol understood how to turn the cameras on the cameramen. His Temptation Island was the Factory, a loose group of speed freaks and drag queens, poets and painters, filmmakers and superstar...

  • 12 years ago

    SoHo is to Richard Kostelanetz what Montparnasse was to Gertrude Stein. Ever since he bought a 1,850-square-foot loft at 141 Wooster Street in 1974, for the too-incredible-to-envy sum of $6 per square foot, the poet and critic has made SoHo the ce...

  • 13 years ago

    Too many novelists skim the surface of the New York art world: a decadent setting for parties and ready-made satire of all things faddish and fashionable. But Siri Hustvedt, who brought us The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, actually gets it. She gets t...