Better Than: The emotional, drug-enhanced séance you and your friends in college hosted to listen to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea in near-total darkness If you're into Neutral Milk Hotel, there's no way to show up to a concert like last night's and not brace for the worst. The quartet is one of t ... More >>
This has been a perilous year for Justin Bieber, our favorite swaggy little shit. He was snapped sipping some alleged lean; he took heat for tone-deaf comments in the Anne Frank house; he scuffled with the paparazzi; his friends keep getting his car in trouble; he peed in a mop bucket and yelled "fu ... More >>
Books by Andri Snær Magnason, Wendy Guerra, Rosa Montera, and Paul Elie
Let's irk the rabbis
For years, I've joked about a Helen Keller musical with lyrics like, "Helen, Helen/Stop your yellin', Helen/I can't hear you, and you can't hear yourself..." Well, it's come true! Somewhere in naughty, bawdy Asia, they've gotten the sheer gall together to make Helen's story into a singing and dan ... More >>
Hunter hosts Nathan Englander, Kathryn Harrison, Peter Carey, and Tom Sleigh
Kvetching with my favorite mother-daughter yenta duo
Disney has learned that if you bring back a classic cartoon in 3-D, you make many more dimensions of moola. But I pray the same trend doesn't hit some other types of screen gems because in my lifetime, I absolutely never want to see the following: *Gandhi in 3-D Thrill to Mahatma's protruding ri ... More >>
After last night's performance of the AIDS play The Normal Heart, people were shattered, as they are every night. At the after party, I saw my old friend Joan Rivers and asked her thoughts. "I was very uplifted at the end!" she beamed. Oh, no. She wasn't going to go there, was she? I love ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 23, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 47 Let George undo it by Joe Flaherty Well, with the election over and the inevitable results in, the inevitable has happened -- the pogrom has begun. Not, however, the one that was expected. In a perv ... More >>
The Public Theater offers a diary product—Rinne Groff's Compulsion
How Anne Franks diary reached the American masses
Frenemies? Self-important hipsters? No literary problem.
A guide to winter plays
Last night, at a gay party at the Park, a young gentleman approached me, wrongly thinking my spazzing hand had beckoned him over. Since he'd so gamely sashayed forth, I generously struck up a conversation with the guy. "You sort of look like Anne Frank" I observantly chirped, right off the ... More >>
Plus, which Tiger Woods mistress is trailer-ier?
Christopher HirsheimerThe summary of Judith Jones' life's work so far is enough to make your head spin. She is currently senior editor and vice president at Alfred A. Knopf, which she joined in 1957. Before that, she had worked for Doubleday in New York and Paris, where she accomplished littl ... More >>
Plus sizing up other leading ladies, nightlife crime, and Tony hopefuls.
Twitpic via kbell7. I don't believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention, I believe that one should become a person like other people -- whoops, sorry, wrong diary. Our week was much worse. DC37 went for Bill Thompson. But what did Mayor Bloomberg care -- he had Twitter ... More >>
Peter: Goddamned fucking Nazis. Anne: You want a potato? Peter: No, I don't want a potato. Anne: Take a potato. Peter: I don't want a fucking potato. Anne: Go on, take a potato. Peter: What do I want with a fucking potato? Anne: We're starving. Peter: (pause) What the hell, I'll take a potat ... More >>
"I think there are good pop culture references and bad pop culture references. I don't want to be Family Guy. I don't want it to be just a bunch of disconnected pop culture randomness." Nathan Rabin is the head writer for The Onion's A.V. Club and the author of the New York Times-approved ... More >>
Alan LightNobody could do a slow burn like Bea Arthur, the hilarious comic actress who was the anything but tranquilizin' right-on Maude and later the witheringly sarcastic Dorothy on The Golden Girls. With her wicked wit, Bea pushed envelopes while making audiences think and scream with laughter at ... More >>
Once the heart of tenement New York, it's now home to million-dollar condos for a very different kind of settler.
Doc explores Israel's Holocaust s&m lit. Also, Tehilim gets lost in Jerusalem.
The news that a musical about Anne Frank is being produced in Spain reminded me of how ahead of the curve I was on THAT trend (along with white rap, Uggs, and fisting for dollars)! A couple of years ago, I dreamed up a very high concept musical dealing with plight of Anne Frank while whimsically com ... More >>
The absolutely last word on words not to have lived by during the previous year
Philip Roth evokes Samuel Beckett in a farewell to alter-ego Nathan Zuckerman
White supremacists from across the country gather in New Jersey and New York for barbecue and culture.
Back in his native Netherlands, Paul Verhoeven uses his basic instincts to craft one slick, quick WWII thriller
A heroine with pink Uggs and a head for numbers
On the brash, brilliant, and thoroughly vexing Say Anything
Wet hot American bummer: Chris Adrian's post-flood Magic Mountain
The Wachowski brothers' supremely tasteless take on a visionary 1980s graphic novel
Mutiny on the Bounty's what these stevedores are all about
Can Window Dressing Turn Into a Window?
Andrea Kleine's Mockumentary
Thomas Anderson's Desert Discs