Print is dead! all the bloggers have been saying for years. So why does New York have seven dailies? Media critics haven’t much of an answer. Graham Rayman pokes around, talks to Pete Hamill and other smart guys, and comes up with a fresh take: it has to do with the economy, entropy — and ego.
Mayor Bloomberg said he wanted a third term because the recession-strapped city needed him. But a new book by Joyce Purnick shows that Bloomberg was considering a new run well before disaster struck. Tom Robbins, who knows a thing or two about city politics himself, gives Purnick a close read.
How’s Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City? Sean Fennessey says Ghostface Killa “is not only unfocused, but also profoundly unfun” on his ninth album. Maybe he’s too old for this game?
Red Hook “remains one of the best neighborhoods in the city,” says Sarah DiGregorio, because “it’s insular enough that a restaurant can be filled with people who know each other…” And at the new Fort Defiance, she says, the food’s good, too.
The Coen Brothers‘ A Serious Man is more Jewish than Barton Fink, even. But is it good for the Jews — or, for that matter, the cinema? Ella Taylor explores.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs killed at Radio City, says Rob Harvilla.
Dav Savage explains: yes, sexing somebody with a vibrator is still sex, and Rick Santorum is still an asshole.
The one thing Atlantic City has never had, says Michael Musto, “was anything overtly gay (aside from an occasional Carol Channing show).” Imagine his surprise when Harrah’s sent him for a “Weekend OUT.” Still, he’s happy to get back to Times Square, and Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman. Speaking of A Steady Rain, Michael Feingold says “Without them, Keith Huff’s play wouldn’t be much — would, in fact, hardly be a play at all.” He also have something to say about Othello and Tosca.