Monthly Archive for May, 2013

: May, 2013

A New York City time machine that makes two stops

Sisu Home Entertainment took a 40-year-old documentary out of the vaults — “The Golden Age of Second Avenue” — and released it on DVD, with wonderful results. The movie written and directed by Morton

‘Dreadful’: a forgotten critic of the ‘Greatest Generation’

Although he was once on an equal literary footing with Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal, novelist John Horne Burns and his acclaimed World War II novel “The Gallery” have been almost completely forgotten.

‘Longmire’: tapping into a rich crime fiction vein

Last year brought movie dramatizations of two of the most popular contemporary crime fiction series characters — Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum in “One for the Money” and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher in

‘The Receptionist’: coming of age at The New Yorker

Algonquin Books has just released a paperback edition of Janet Groth’s highly praised 2012 memoir “The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker.” The book lives up to its good reviews, combining a

‘A Hundred Summers’: a beach book with historical heft

The notion of the “beach book” has been with us as long as people have been taking seaside summer vacations. For some folks, the term suggests a lighter, even trashy book that they might not read when

Stuck in the middle with ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

The ability to binge-watch above average TV series at home points up one of the problems with serial movies like the current “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Iron Man 3.” Yes, these movies are bigger

A late report on the aptly titled ‘White Hot’ at the Flea Theater

When the very adventurous Flea Theater in downtown Manhattan posts a warning about the sexual content of a play, you know you are in for something a little rough. “White Hot” by Tommy Smith is playing

‘Dead, White and Blue’: another murder in paradise

There is a fairly reliable melodramatic kick in crime stories set in creepy old mansions or thrillers involving elaborate variations on our modern day boogeyman, the serial killer. But, there isn’t

‘Clybourne Park’: everyone’s a little bit racist

Long Wharf Theatre is closing its season with a very strong production of “Clybourne Park,” the Bruce Norris play about race and gentrification that won the best play Tony for its Broadway production

Film Society series ‘Man of Steel’ marks Lancaster’s 100th birthday

Born in New York City the same year that Grand Central Terminal opened, Burt Lancaster became the rare movie star of his era who insisted on miscasting himself (in the eyes of studio chiefs) in a