See you tomorrow!

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Your faithful blogger has been on vacation for the past week, but I’ve also been in a whirl of cultural activities that I am looking forward to writing about here when I return Tuesday. I watched the new DVD of HBO’s fantastic “Rome” series, saw the first part of the three-part Horton Foote epic at the Signature […] [Read More]
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Looking back 6: The heat, the Klan & Faye Dunaway

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(From Jan. 2008:) The jury has always been out on Otto Preminger’s merits as a director —most critics see him as a minor figure, but a loyal cult following believes there are great visual and thematic qualities in pictures such as “Advise and Consent” (1962) and “In Harm’s Way” (1965). Everyone agrees Preminger was a […] [Read More]
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Looking back 5: The Sontag diaries

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(From Sept. 2008:) Farrar, Straus and Giroux will be ending 2008 with a major literary event — the publication of the first of three volumes of journals and notebooks by the late great Susan Sontag. The essayist, novelist and filmmaker died four years ago, after three battles with cancer. Her incredible wide-ranging interests included photography, […] [Read More]
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Looking back 4: Walking Spanish

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(From March, 2007:) Joshua Ferris has written a funny and horrifying first novel about workplace paranoia, “Then We Came to the End” (Little, Brown). The book takes place at a Chicago advertising agency in 2001 — when the collapse of the dotcom boom is beginning to have a savage effect on the bottom lines of […] [Read More]
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Looking back 3: ‘The United States of Arugula’

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(From Sept. 2006:) The story of how America went restaurant and gourmet food crazy over the past 40 years is told with great page-turning style by Vanity Fair contributing editor David Kamp in his wonderful book “The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation” (Broadway Books). “The United States of Arugula” shows us […] [Read More]
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Looking back 2: Street fashion in Tokyo

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(From 2007:) Part travelogue, part fashion study, “The Tokyo Look Book” (Kodansha) is one of the most entertaining tomes of the fall — it is quite spectacular to look at and informative on levels that few fashion books approach. Like that wonderful regular street fashion feature done by veteran New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, […] [Read More]
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Looking back 1: A Man in Full

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(Your faithful blogger is off recharging his cultural batteries until Dec. 1. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to re-examine some of the most interesting books from the four years of “Joe’s View.” First up, a terrific biography from 2008 now available in paperback.) Biographies tend to fall into one of two categories — trashy […] [Read More]
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Filling in the ‘Every Little Step’ gaps

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I enjoyed the documentary “Every Little Step” when it opened in theaters last spring, but I was very disappointed by the film’s account of the creation of the original landmark production of “A Chorus Line” in 1975. The movie was subtitled “The Journey of ‘A Chorus Line’” but it devoted more of its 93 minute […] [Read More]
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