Olivia Laing mixes art criticism and memoir; effectively synthesizing these two modes of writing so that the personal elevates the analysis, with a sizable emotional heft.
24 May 2016
In Critical Mass James Wolcott directs us to the intellectuals, entertainers, performers, and/or celebrities who have graced, cursed, or captivated him ever since he quit Frostburg State and hit Woody's Manhattan.
21 Oct 2013
The new Penguin edition of John O'Hara's short stories set in New York City is a treasure for any O'Hara fan. They show the master at his best--salty, cynical and at times, disarmingly sentimental.
11 Oct 2013
Thomas Pynchon keeps his humor abundant, but he tempers it, in this look back at our very recent national past, with serious contemplation of what we do when we log on.
17 Sep 2013
The FREE Afropunk Festival returns to Commodore Barry Park on Aug 24 & 25 with Chuck D, Questlove, DEATH and many more.
14 Aug 2013
Before Occupy Wall Street rattled the money merchants, Herman Melville and the Beats shook the city's foundation with gumption and glee.
09 Oct 2012
Amongst themselves, the main cast of characters are nominal equals, and that contributes to a particular kind of status parsing.
06 Sep 2012
The most important five years in popular music -- including the birth and rise of CBGB, the birth of disco and hip-hop, Philip Glass’s emergence as a Serious Composer, and the many shades of salsa -- in one volume.
01 Feb 2012
This story features plenty of the usual suspects: opportunistic thugs, opportunistic law men, and the pride which comes before a fall.
24 Jan 2012
Carla Bley never sacrifices depth for the sake of accessibility and never delves so deep as to become inaccessible.
30 Nov 2011
There’s more at play than just a museum of oddities, a completely trivial and forgettable giggle parade. When The Extra Man is hinting at an extrapolation on the subjective nature of reality and exploring the ways selfish people fail to connect with one another, it's at its best.
16 Feb 2011
Uncertainty may not be deeply profound, but McGhee and Siegel, and their lead actors, use the film to explore the power of chance and choice in a subtle and emotionally compelling way.
31 May 2010
Sociologist Sharon Zukin looks at the forces at play in some of the cooler neighborhoods of New York in this update of Jane Jacobs and the principles of urban revitalization for the 21st century.
25 Feb 2010
A long-lost 1945 recording of Bird, Diz, and Max in the full flush of their youthful invention. Sparkling, crackling, thrilling American music.
01 Sep 2005
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