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Books
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

New books on the pleasures (and hazards) of an author’s life

Walt Whitman had just revolutionized poetry before finding his way to a Manhattan tavern called Pfaff’s. With its elliptical free verse, the recently published Leaves of Grass was unlike any previous collection of poems, but as Justin Martin reminds us, few copies of the early editions sold
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
Stephanie Szostak plays with the slightly shy charm of a Millennial Audrey Hepburn in a fetching performance as Ro, a young woman navigating life’s turns and pursuing her dreams. Karl Geary plays Kevin, a bored ad executive who tosses caution (and career) to the wind when they fall in love
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I Hate Hollywood
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

New Essays on Film Noir

One of the pleasures of Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir (published by University of Minnesota Press) is Philippa Gates’ essay, “The Female Detective in Film Noir.” The Canadian film studies professor sets out to revise assumptions about women in noir that have hardened into dogma, especially the one about the two kinds of gals inhabiting those movies: the femme fata...
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I Hate Hollywood
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire

According to New Yorker drama critic John Lahr, Tennessee Williams’ playwriting ran contrary to Hollywood’s version of America as a land “where right and wrong were clear, progress was certain, and goodness prevailed.” Lahr’s extensive biography, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (W.W. Norton), focuses on Williams’ work in the theater, and the ways in which hi...
Eat & Drink
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
It’s not a recipe book, but a reference book for anything culinary. Edited by BBC foodie Tom Jaine, the encyclopedic The Oxford Companion to Food is written engagingly with British flair and covers aardvark through zwieback. South Africans eat aardvarks, which reportedly taste like pork, not