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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The Unabomber’s Pen Pal

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

Even as a judge is finding Ted Kaczynski’s first round of appeals “wholly without merit,” the Vermont law professor who helped him craft the approach is on the phone to me, confidently predicting that eventually the Unabomber will get his day in court. “I keep stopping myself from calling it a ‘retrial,’ because it is not really a retrial,” Michael Mello [&hellip
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No Smoking, Please; Proud to be Un-American

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

LEMAÎTRE No Smoking, Ever Inside the royal enclosure at Ascot races last week—for any of you unfamiliar with the place, Ascot is a race course next to Windsor Castle, and inside what is known as the royal enclosure, for one week in June, gentlemen are required to wear top hats and tailcoats, ladies large hats preferably with flowers—I asked [&hellip
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The Bores Who Run the World

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

You’d think politics would be like, say, classical music—that the more you know about it, the less interested you would be in the obvious stuff. Just as no real classical music maven ever seems to talk about Vivaldi or Beethoven or Tchaikovsky, it would seem that no real Washington insider would want to talk about big national races. But that’s [&hellip
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New York Times Endorses Gore; Bush Confuses the Media

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

Bush Confuses The Media Last Thursday, in an astonishing editorial, The New York Times unofficially endorsed Al Gore over Gov. George W. Bush for president in the 2000 election. The headline read “Al Gore as the Un-Clinton,” and the writer reacted favorably to the Vice President’s tepid candidacy announcement in Carthage, TN, last Wednesday, pronouncing that Gore is “particularly expert on [&hellip
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Flash! Heroin Comes to Seattle!

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

There was a wonderfully telling juxtaposition of articles on the New York Post “Opinion” page last Tuesday. At the top: an edited transcript of George W. Bush’s June 12 speech in which he announced his presidential candidacy. At the bottom: a Thomas Sowell column in which the conservative commentator discusses the institutional changes that have recently occurred to “water down” [&hellip
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