UPDATED October 31, 10:30 a.m.: The auction for Banksy's October 29 "Better Out Than In" Nazi installment closes tonight at 8 p.m. The bidding, which opened at $74,000, is up to $310,400. The auction is taking place at the charity website biddingforgood.com and proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn-bas ... More >>
The New York Review of Books publishes mostly men, and in that, they're not alone, joined by pretty much every major print magazine in this country. But the NYRB's editor, Robert Silvers, responded to a criticism of their mostly-maleness this week with an amazing, somewhat baffling form letter. The ... More >>
Some of the best sommeliers in NYC are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. I caught up with six of these women t ... More >>
Writing a critique of Seth MacFarlane's duties as Oscar host on the website of The New Yorker this morning, Amy Davidson found herself defending Chris Brown. At least sort of. "Relationships are complicated," she wrote in the midst of a stern rebuke of MacFarlane's Chris Brown/Rhianna joke, "and it ... More >>
Revolution! Anarchy! Retrospectives! Three shows look back at politics in art
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 28, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 4 The Candidate From Parnassus By Frederic Morton We're in 1971 and Presidential noises are loud in the land, coming from guys good and bad. I'm trying to remember the sounds of a Great Good Guy, hear ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 2, 1965, Vol. XI, No. 7 The Lady Proposes A Final Solution By Barbara Long Hell's bells, baby, it's not my fault, so don't blame me. Okay, I like fights. I'm not ashamed of that. True, there is a copy of Nat Fleischer's "Fif ... More >>
"Gaza medics in the line of fire," from Al Jazeera Congratulations to the New York Times. The word "war" made it into a front-page story this morning about Israel's war on Gaza. Ethan Bronner's piece even sports the word in its headline: "Gaza War Role Is Political Lift for Ex-Premier." As I ... More >>
When Ron Howard's big screen adaptation of the Peter Morgan play, Frost/Nixon, opens two weeks from today, a round of hosannas will greet the film's leads, Frank Langella (who plays the 37th POTUS in exile) and Michael Sheen (who plays talk show host David Frost). But here's hoping that some of the ... More >>
Is Clive James's effort to save western civilization beautiful, stupid, or both?
Jesus is my co-pilot: two new books hit the road with evangelicals
A legendary editor at Harvard University Press asks, What good are books?
Arendt's silent dialogue: How to fight the banality of evil
The famous librettist, sans Sullivan, is most engaging with a play that's so old it's new again
What's the Trick of Staging Shakespeare? Directors Spill Their Trade Secrets.
Leftists Who Love the War Too Much
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