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Enough About You; A Memoir of No One in Particular

Written by Tanya Richardson on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Unlike Tom Cruise, many of us are unsure, in these troubling, turbulent times, whether we now need pay so much, or rather any, attention to the arts and literature. Furthermore, one imagines that if David Shields’ new book, Enough About You: Adventures in Autobiography (Simon & Schuster, 174 pages, $22) came his way, even Tom [&hellip
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The Darger Manuscript

Written by Tanya Richardson on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Despite the ongoing craze for anything related to "outsider" artist Henry Darger (four current books, countless articles and the requisite Natalie Merchant song), the real life’s work of that remarkably religious janitor (who’d earned the nickname "Crazy" by the time he was eight) might as well be buried along with him. Darger is best–almost exclusively–known [&hellip
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A New Stairway to Heaven

Written by Tanya Richardson on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Dick Trubo, who co-authored the tell-all Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin Uncensored) with Richard Cole (Led Zeppelin’s longtime, long-suffering tour manager), commonly chooses a leading question for chapter openers, the most memorable being, "Do you think these cars really float?" That alone would allow this Zeppelin biography, first released in 1992 and reprinted now with [&hellip
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Dan Melchior’s Broke Revue

Written by Tanya Richardson on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Sweet Mary Mother of Christ! If you’ve had an itch for…well, some good ol’ fashioned rock ’n’ roll for, say…well, the past 35 years, consider it scratched. That’s provided you purchase the appropriately titled Heavy Dirt. (You’ll have no one to blame but yourself if you don’t, and we’ll all pay for your mistake.) The [&hellip
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CBGB’s Battle of the Bands

Written by Tanya Richardson on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Which is it gonna be: the funk band wearing 3-foot-tall velvet hats, or a hardworking ska outfit who traveled here all the way from their Massachusetts high school? That’s just one of the many questions I faced while judging a recent battle of the bands contest, where 10 unknown acts–and their immediate families–packed the CBGB [&hellip
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Old Birds in a Gilded Cage at The 92nd St. Y

Written by Tanya Richardson on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

So Norman Mailer, George Plimpton and Norris Church (Mailer’s sixth wife) took the stage to portray Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, respectively. The punchline? Apparently there wasn’t one, as David Remnick, Tony Randall and anyone over 65 on the Upper East Side were herded into a sold-out auditorium at the 92nd St. Y [&hellip
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The Clampetts Go to Nobu, and Harangue Jason Biggs

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Jason Biggs: still sensitive about that whole American Pie thing… Typically, Nobu is so difficult to infiltrate that a whole mythology has built up around it. I used to recall with pride the evening three years ago when I secured a table at the world-famous restaurant by pretending to be someone else and was seated [&hellip
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Knitting and Nattering

Written by Tanya Richardson on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

"I wanted to try new things," an older black woman shrugged unapologetically. The blonde instructor (thirtysomething, long straight hair parted down the middle, a stomach eight months along and a left finger without a ring) motioned toward the next woman in the circle. "Well, I don’t know!" the Sally Field lookalike giggled. "Everybody in [&hellip
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