Grimmer Fairy Tales

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

In an era when parents who discipline their kids can be treated like felons, and everybody, “in the wake of Littleton,” is maundering about the effects of violent entertainments on young minds, you wouldn’t think Heinrich Hoffmann’s DerStruwwelpeter would have much of a following. In fact, unless I’m mistaken,it seems to be enjoying a kind of cult revival. First [&hellip
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Defending Kissinger; Announcing TopDrawer.com’s IPO!

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

LEMAÎTRE Defending Henry John Aspinall, England’s greatest gambler and wild animal breeder, gave a small dinner last week in honor of Henry Kissinger, the ex-Secretary of State having arrived in London to promote his third volume of memoirs. As we were only 12—Sir Denis Thatcher, Conrad Black, Lady Annabel Goldsmith…you get the picture—I had the opportunity to ask Henry the [&hellip
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The Clintons & Blueblood Rednecks

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

A Clinton-loathing friend of mine from New England is going gaga over George W. Bush, even though—or perhaps because—she doesn’t know the first thing about him. “Let’s get rid of the hicks!” she says. “Bring back the ruling class!” One doesn’t know quite how to break it to her, but as population and power move southward and westward, the hicks [&hellip
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Test Scores and Totalitarianism

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Rarely does news coverage break down so cleanly along easy political lines as it did when the dailies responded to the release of the New York state fourth-grade reading tests’ miserable results last week. “Private Schools Fare Little Better on New 4th-Grade Test,” The New YorkTimes announced. “Private Problem: Their school test results are less than stellar, too,” insisted Newsday. “Private [&hellip
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Al Gore’s Mondale Impersonation; Bush Conquers California

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

Bush Conquers California What a disastrous week for the hapless Al Gore. Not only was his impressive fundraising total for the first half of ’99 dwarfed by George W.Bush‘s astonishing $36.3 million, but his erstwhile bus buddy, Bill Clinton, was monopolizing the news cycle, doing his best to sabotage Gore’s flailing presidential campaign.   No, there’s not a rift [&hellip
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Amy Goes to Spike’s Premiere Party

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

“Guess what I got in the mail today?” said Paul. We were sitting behind third base watching the eighth inning of a Mets-Marlins game. “What?” I said. “An invite to the Summer of Sam premiere.” “Do you get a plus-one?” I said eagerly. “Of course.” “Can I be that one?” “No,” he said. “I’m telling you about the party because I want to take [&hellip
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Spike Lee Talks Summer of Sam & Punk Rock with Furious George

Written by George Tabb on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

“First he tells me to fuck off, then he calls me a pussy,” Adrien Brody says to Spike Lee, as we stand outside a location on Rivington St. where we’re shooting a scene for Spike’s new film, Summer of Sam. “It’s okay,” says Spike, calmly, “I’ll handle this.” “My character, Ritchie, is abused throughout the whole film, you know,” continues Adrien, [&hellip
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Out at the Princeton Club

Written by Jonathan Ames on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Last night I gave a reading at the Princeton Club. The event was held in an intimate lounge and about 25 people were in attendance. It was mostly a handsome older crowd, with a few younger Princeton alumni thrown in. After I read the opening two pages of my most recent novel, which, naturally, featured a scene with sexual content, [&hellip
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Too Much Garlic Is Good For You

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

An international food company headquartered in England asked me in the autumn of l998 to talk to their managers about emerging attitudes toward nutrition and diet. I had earlier written in a book about what I called “the extermination model of food.” I had described the way in which once upon a time food had always been celebrated because it [&hellip
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An Unoriginal New Magazine Falls on Tin Eyes

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

Will no one at the Voice edit Cynthia Cotts, even when she’s demonstrating the deepest ignorance about her subject? Here’s her opener to last week’s “Press Clips” column, a disastrous side trip from straight media reporting, at which she’s bad enough, into a realm of the most crass poetasting:   Go to the back of St. Mark’s Bookshop on East [&hellip
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