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Wednesday, March 19 2003

Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of Catastrophe by James R. Chiles

Disasters rarely happen by accident. Instead, they occur when one link in a long chain of events fails.

Food and Loathing: A Lament by Betsy Lerner

What we have here is yet another memoir -- excuse me, lament -- on disordered eating suitable for a made-for-TV movie.

About Schmidt by Louis Begley

Offers an important meditation on the enduring meanings of age, maturity and experience in a world increasingly devoted to the brevity of youth.

Tuesday, March 18 2003

Once Upon a Time (1944)

On its surface a classic fairytale, it can also be read as commentary on Hollywood's role in wartime America.

Making the Misfits (2001)

There's a cautionary tale in the notion that life sometimes imitates art enough to destroy both, and this piece might have striven harder to assess which is the greater American tragedy.

Joe and Max (2002)

Meditates on the space these celebrity athletes occupied for their respective societies, serving as reluctant folk heroes and symbols for their nations.

Half Past Dead (2002)

Ja is partnered with Steven Seagal, the fading action/martial arts star who not only refuses to go away.

Ciao! Manhattan (1972)

Sedgwick was one of the Tragic Muses, those women who did not so much make things happen as stand still and allow things to happen to them.

Auto Focus (2002)

'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.

Thursday, March 13 2003

Various Artists: Bare Essentials 02


t.A.T.u.: 200 KM/H in the Wrong Lane


Redd Kross: Neurotica


The Raveonettes: Whip It On


Lyle Lovett: Smile:  Songs from the Movies


Jurassic 5: Power in Numbers


The Juliana Theory: Love


Fischerspooner: #1

It’s been a long time since someone married high art, high fashion, pop culture, and pop music as well as the eclectic pop duo Fischerspooner have done.

Bronze: The Statue in the Stone


Karl Blau: Clothes Your I’s


The All-American Rejects: self-titled


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