Dangerous dames & gruesome guys

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Why do the people who write about crime tend to be so nice? That’s a question I’ve asked myself more than a few times after interviewing everyone from Sandra Brown to Harlan Coben and attending many conferences such as the Bouchercon — the annual international gathering of crime writers and the readers who love them — […] [Read More]
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‘Webism’ + Octomom + zombies = n + 1

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Issue Nine of n + 1 is another terrific collection of reviews, fiction and social commentary. Produced in Brooklyn twice a year, the journal is always sane and always funny, but you never know what the crew of writers overseen by Keith Gessen (above, left) and Mark Greif (center, with editor-at-large Marco Roth, right) might zero […] [Read More]
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A double dose of newspaper nostalgia at Film Forum

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Manhattan’s indispensable non-profit movie house, Film Forum, launched another of its great revival festivals last weekend — “The Newspaper Picture” — which is set to run through May 6. With the very concept of “the newspaper” in peril, the four-week series is doubly nostalgic. The history of the movies runs parallel to that of the […] [Read More]
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‘Leg Work’: the best TV show you never heard of

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Several years before it became popular to film TV series such as “Law & Order” and “Sex and the City” in New York City, CBS gave a greenlight to “Leg Work,” a wonderful show that featured Margaret Colin and Frances McDormand as a private detective and her pal who works in the district attorney’s office. […] [Read More]
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Hot fun in the summertime

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Like lemmings, some of us feel a primal urge to head to the ocean every summer. Not necessarily to go in the ocean, but to spread a towel or blanket near the shore, oil up with sun screen, and watch the passing parade. The lure of the beach bridges classes, sexes, races, ages — the whole […] [Read More]
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‘Around the World’ without much clothing

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Choreographer/producer Jerry Mitchell and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS are presenting another preview of their gigantic annual “Broadway Bares” fundraiser tonight at 8 and 10 p.m at Splash, 50 West 17th St. “Around the World” is the title of the show that will give audiences a taste of what they will see June 20 when “Broadway Bares” […] [Read More]
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A town rallies around ‘T.S. Spivet’ and Reif Larsen

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The Trumbull Library is doing its first “One Book-One Town” celebration over the next two weeks and they came up with the perfect novel, Reif Larsen’s fabulous “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.” In this age of Kindles and Nooks — and other electronic devices — here is a book that defiantly insists on a presentation […] [Read More]
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A ghost and a prince meet/And everyone ends in mincemeat

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There was lots of drama on and off stage at the Metropolitan Opera Monday night. A smoking light — high up in the auditorium — caused some folks to flee before the management explained at intermission that there was no fire and that this sort of thing happens occasionally with theatrical lighting. Those who were downstairs […] [Read More]
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