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

I’ve written two or three times over the years about a store in my hometown of Huntington called Kropotkin Records. It opened in 1970, when I was 15, and was an idyllic hangout for hippie teenagers who loved rock ’n’ roll and the counterculture that flourished in that era. As opposed to its one competitor in town, a fuddy-duddy business [&hellip
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Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Since the 1960s Harry Mathews and Robert Kelly have been two of the finer experimenters with the form and function of contemporary American literature. Naturally you never heard about them the way you do mainstreamers like Updike or Roth or whosit; of course neither made that 100-best list last summer. (I’d put at least one of Kelly’s prose poem collections, [&hellip
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Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Still, the advantage had to go to the Republicans. They wanted two things out of last week and they got them. First, an agreement that three more witnesses could be called. While the witnesses were only supposed to be able to testify on videotape, Republicans wangled it so they could excerpt the tape for use in their final arguments. So [&hellip
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Hands on a Hardbody

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Hands on a Hardbody directed by S.R. Bindler This truly is the most threadbare time of the year for new film releases. Yet I find dependable entertainment value in a headline that invariably appears in the Times in late January. It reads something like “Documentaries Are the Surprise Favorites at This Year’s Sundance.” Granted, documentaries at Sundance and in general these days [&hellip
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Gloria

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Gloria directed by Sidney Lumet John Cassavetes’ 1980 Gloria was easily that director’s most conventional feature, and frankly, it wasn’t very good–sort of a mobbed-up reworking of the Japanese comic book Lone Wolf and Cub, in which a lone warrior protects a child against legions of would-be assassins. It was a baldfaced bid for commercial success. But it had grimy [&hellip
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The 24 Hour Woman

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

The 24 Hour Woman directed by Nancy Savoca Ten years into her movie career, Rosie Perez plays a spoiled white woman’s fantasy in The 24 Hour Woman. This isn’t progress; it’s a trap. As Grace Santos, she suffers arriviste abundance: work at a New York television show, marriage to an up-and-coming actor, a comfortable apartment and fertility. Grace already has everything but [&hellip
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In Dreams

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

In Dreams directed by Neil Jordan Neil Jordan knows what the screen is for. That’s unusual for an artist who began in literature, but right for one who used words to evoke feelings and images. His new movie In Dreams overflows with sights that suggest an artist has opened up his subconscious for public display. This is not a gift to [&hellip
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Barrabas

Written by Ed Halter on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Barrabas by Louis Feuillade We have a theory that crime enhances beauty,” explains Mary Vivian Pearce, decked out like a dime-store Alice Faye, in John Waters’ Female Trouble. “The worse the crime gets, the more ravishing one becomes.” Artistic head of Gaumont studios in the silent 1910s, Feuillade created fast-paced crime serials that throb with dreamlike decadence. In a paroxysm [&hellip
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Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Friday afternoon at the office and the news from Washington was depressing. Outside, on 7th Ave., it was just as gray: drizzly, smoke pouring out of Healthy Choice and a guy grumbling about Rudy Giuliani’s “shop till you drop” gimmick, claiming that the only items for tax-free purchase are pawed-over, outsized pieces of clothing. Sean Hannity, the meathead conservative talk-show host [&hellip
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Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Two Saturdays ago Ms. Diane and I were sitting in a little outboard-rigged rowboat in the middle of the bayou that oozes off Lake Martin near Lafayette, LA. The day before there’d been that icy storm in New York; here it was like springtime, mild and clear. The sun was setting in a silent, spectacular blaze way over beyond the [&hellip
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