The sheer hell of being a young & famous actor

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You can’t really blame Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart for the unvaryingly annoying magazine and newspaper feature stories (tied in to today’s opening of “New Moon”) that have been burying all of us the past few weeks. The gist of every story I scanned — from Harper’s Bazaar to The New York Times to Vanity […] [Read More]
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Issue 8: from gentrification to “gay marriage and utopia”

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Most magazines and journals have highs and lows, but n + 1 can always be counted on for substantive and provocative reading. The eight issues so far have been keepers. Twice a year, from their offices in Brooklyn, the editors and writers of n + 1 put together a dozen or so essays, reviews and […] [Read More]
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‘Set Up’: trust issues & fine dining in Manhattan

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Whenever I read something as entertaining — and as insightful — as “Set Up in Soho” (St. Martin’s Griffin) by Dee Davis, I’m left wondering how many other good books I’ve missed just because they fall into the much maligned “chick lit” genre. The label is condescending and too broad to be of much value. […] [Read More]
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‘Antichrist’: arthouse vs. grindhouse

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Writer-director Lars von Trier clearly likes to push emotional buttons almost as much as he loves to make films. For more than a decade now, he has managed to keep “shocking” movie critics and arthouse audiences in a pop cultural scene where you would think everyone has long since been shocked-out. Hard core porn is popping […] [Read More]
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Isabelle Huppert takes to the stage (in Brooklyn)

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I don’t think I can quite agree with the young man sitting near me at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Saturday night who enthused to his companion, “She’s even better on stage than she is on screen!” After all, the “she” in question was Isabelle Huppert — perhaps the most daring and most cinematically skilled […] [Read More]
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The return of ‘Number Six’

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AMC has stolen a lot of PR thunder from HBO with its original series, “Mad Men” — probably the most talked-about made-for-cable show since “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” galvanized everyone a decade ago. Indeed, one of the reasons “Mad Men” scored so big so fast is that HBO has  been struggling to […] [Read More]
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What’s going on out there?

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Matteo Pericoli hit on a terrific (and terrifically simple) idea for his new book, “The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York” (Simon & Schuster). For those of us who live in cities, a major part of daily life is the view outside our windows. Whether we live in squalor or luxury, looking […] [Read More]
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A fresh spin on looking for love in New York City

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Melanie Angelina Maras has made a strong stage debut with her new comedy-drama, “Kiss Me on the Mouth,” which Inviolet Repertory Theatre is presenting at Center Stage through Nov. 21. Maras takes a clear-eyed look at two female friends — Christina (Aubyn Philabaum, above) and Amy (Megan Hart, below) — with very different ideas about […] [Read More]
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