Monthly Archive for September, 2013

: September, 2013

‘From Scratch’: the creation of an unlikely cable TV/food empire

You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy Allen Salkin’s new book — “From Scratch” (Putnam) — about the creation of The Food Network 20 years ago, and its turbulent but highly successful history since

‘Crab Monsters, Teenage Caveman’: the art of Roger Corman

Whether you enjoy it for the wonderfully campy movie posters, or the excellent text by Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty, the new Abrams coffee table book “Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and

Back to 632 Elysian Fields — Yale Rep’s ‘Streetcar Named Desire’

The new Yale Repertory Theatre season opened Thursday night with a strong production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” that is running through Oct. 12. It was interesting to see the 1947 Tennessee

‘Pippin’: when a cast album is better than the show

Broadway cast albums live on long after a show closes and can be deceptive listening experiences. So-called “flops” like “Subways are for Sleeping” (1961) and “High Spirits” (1964) can have more audio

Bouchercon: or, the mystery of why crime writers are so nice

I just got back from a jam-packed four day weekend in Albany where the annual Bouchercon international mystery writers’ gathering took place. The event is designed for readers to hear — and interact

‘Inventing David Geffen’: commerce that enables art

The PBS “American Masters” series usually focuses on a great artist, but the show went  in a slightly different direction with “Inventing David Geffen,” a profile of the unusually powerful record,

A late report on ‘The Cheaters Club’ & the amazing Sarah Lemp

It was great to see The New York Times include the downtown cult figure Sarah Lemp in its “In Performance” online video series recently. A mainstream, uptown hit has thus far eluded the actress, but

‘Candelabra’: Oscar trio gets HBO release rather than theatrical run

There is no better indicator of the steady shift of adult audiences from the multiplexes to home viewing than “Behind the Candelabra” debuting on cable last spring rather than in theaters. Here you

‘Runaway Man’: murder & sexual politics in Manhattan

David Handler has just lauched a fifth crime fiction series with “Runaway Man” (Minotaur Books), once again delivering the mix of sophistication, eccentric-but-believable characters, and terrific

Nora Ephron’s underrated comedy about the end of romance

Like almost everyone else, I was shocked by the news of the death of Nora Ephron in June of last year. She was a culture hero to me going all the way back to the 1970s when I devoured her newspaper