Monthly Archive for September, 2009

: September, 2009

New York City seen through ‘foreign’ eyes

In “Home Boy” (Shaye Areheart Books), first-time novelist H.M. Naqvi allows us to see New York City in a fresh light. The book starts as a witty, sharply observed story of a Pakistani immigrant who

A road company Gordon Ramsay

Is there room for one more reality TV series featuring a raging, foul-mouthed narcissist? Last week, the Oxygen cable network launched a new Tuesday night series, “The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe

‘Mad Men’ yesterday, today, and tomorrow

James P. Othmer spent two decades in the advertising business before his terrific first novel “The Futurist” was published in 2006. While we wait for novel number two — “Holy Water,” due next summer

A ‘potentially true story’ about Tennessee Williams

Daniel MacIvor’s play “His Greatness” was one of the hits of the recent NYC Fringe Festival. The playwright’s imagining of a few days in the life of Tennessee Williams — near the end — is a

Back to the grassy knoll

Did you catch Moammar Qaddafi’s 90-minute speech at the U.N. yesterday? Noting that he was suffering from jet lag, the Libyan leader went off on a stream of consciousness rant that included a

What’s so funny about that?

It’s hard to describe the shaggy dog appeal of the HBO program “Flight of the Conchords” to someone who has never seen this comic serial about the adventures of two New Zealand musicians in downtown

‘A Bubble in Time’: how quickly we forget

Although it takes lots of time for history to sort itself out — who knows what the verdict on the Clinton Era will be 100 years from now? — William L. O’Neill’s new book “A Bubble in Time: America

In praise of Nathan Fillion (and ‘Castle’)

I’ve been having fun watching an advance copy of the season one DVD of “Castle” that will be released by Buena Vista Home Entertainment tomorrow. A mid-season replacement show on ABC last season, the

‘Spin’: The latest boss-from-hell novel

In this age of celebrity confidentiality agreements, it has become almost impossible for ex-staffers to write real memoirs about the horrors they faced working for a famous boss. You will almost never

Smartasses for a good cause

The most publicized documentaries these days seem to be as much about the filmmakers as the material they are covering. Last night I watched a press DVD of “The Yes Men Fix the World” — a movie