One of America’s Best Painters

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

David Reed is one of America’s best painters. Having figured out how to infuse art’s most traditional practice with an arm-shot of the here and now, Reed’s paintings have updated—in the manner of sea-changers Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol—a practice many thought deader than Latin. A cinephile and pop-culture junkie inspired by computer screens and Miami Vice pastels, Reed has [&hellip
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The Battle of Brooklyn

Written by William Bryk on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

It was June 19, 1776, and the British had come. McCurtin, a private in the Continental army, later wrote that the “whole Bay was full of shipping as it ever could be” and the masts of the ships moored by Staten Island “resembled a forest of pine trees with their branches trimmed.” Gen. Sir William Howe, commanding His Majesty’s forces [&hellip
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Corkage in Patagonia: Argentine Wines For Redneck Spring

Written by Matthew DeBord on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Argentine Wines for Redneck Spring My oldest friend in New York is a man of observations that grow on you—observations that have to be lived with. Fortunately, he writes most of this stuff down, and permits me to read at least some of it. Fragments come at me from time to time, unbidden; they’re like the perfect crescent moon I [&hellip
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Leave the Kennedys Alone

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

What the World Needs Now? A News Blackout The plane crash that took the lives of John Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette was an unspeakable tragedy only exacerbated by the coldhearted mass media intrusion on their families’ privacy. The perpetrators will counter that the Kennedys are public figures, America‘s “Royal Family,” and other such nonsense, but [&hellip
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The Overpaid Jokers at TheStreet.com

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I’ve met Cramer twice now, and I don’t know, I kind of like him. It’s true he’s not a suave Master of the Universe type—he plays up his Jersey-by-way-of-Philly bumpkin side, the rumpled shirts, the wife and kids back home, the humble offices of his Wall St. hedge fund Cramer, Berkowitz & Co. It’s true he’s an odd combo, part [&hellip
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The GOP Sinks Health Care; Bob Smith’s a Crank

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

At the start of the debate in the Senate last week on legislation regulating health plans, Phil Gramm, a conservative Republican from Texas, blasted the Democratic bill because “the one thing it does not provide is more freedom.” Does Gramm believe that freedom currently reigns in the U.S. health care system? Actually, it does to a degree—for the insurance companies. [&hellip
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Reds Were As Bad as Nazis; Dating Hell

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The Red Menace I remember it as if it were yesterday. I had a drink with Lee Radziwill, back then married to Stas Radziwill, the Polish nobleman, and she brought along a rather good-looking fellow whom I recognized immediately. It was 1965 and Warren Beatty did not have that extreme pulled look he does nowadays. He was quite polite [&hellip
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Down on Dowd and Hillary; The Times’ Pretensions

Written by Kevin Kosar on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

MUGGER: Your “alternative” newspaper is obviously written by people who love to write for people who love to read. Unfortunately, I fear the numbers of both groups are dwindling. I canceled our local paper some time ago because it was written for readers with a third-grade education and a first-grade capacity for recognizing original thought. Honest disagreement expressed in logical [&hellip
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The Pilot

Written by Amy Sohn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

“Your voice is so high,” said Joan, my director. “It just doesn’t sound natural.” We were shooting The Booby Trap, a pilot for a television show she and I had created. We were going to submit it to a network in the hopes that they’d pick it up as a series. I was playing myself (natch) and a fly-looking actor [&hellip
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