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The Bad Plus

It’s not the Bad Plus’s fault that their ferocious yet accessible 2003 debut, These Are the Vistas, provoked a torrent of hyperbolic praise. Now the trio faces a backlash of dopey slurs like the ones Andy Langer made in Esquire last year: that they play jazz for people who can’t be bothered to understand jazz, […]

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Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling is an idea-and-gadget man; fiction is just his wobbly forum. In The Zenith Angle (Ballantine), his latest high-tech novel, a sentence like “As a telecom expert, Van knew definitely that his son’s vocalizations had contained the phonemes ‘dada’” is what passes for character development. But his rendering of the world and human activity […]

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We Need Trees

To the editors: I found it telling that Lynn Becker [“Lofty Goals,” April 9] would remark: “Of the 86 structures added to Emporis’s list of the world’s 200 tallest buildings over the last ten years, the United States accounts for just 10.” Emphasis mine. Does this reflect on his own ego, his second justification, as […]

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Time of the Wolf

Michael Haneke’s best films–like The Seventh Continent and Code Unknown–tend to create their own world and their own rules, whereas others–like Benny’s Video, Funny Games, and this postapocalyptic tale–offer variations on films others have already made. But Haneke is still a masterful director, and his authority carries this well-acted and attractively shot account of a […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In March in Winter Haven, Florida, a 62-year-old man was ejected from the Spring Haven Retirement Community after he punched one resident (age 86) in the face and bit another (age 78) on the arm during a brawl apparently provoked by his habit of digging around in the lettuce at the salad bar […]

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Back to Grammar School

I know you don’t like to trample on people’s prose, and I appreciate that you accept articles from no-names, but sometimes you need to spill the editor’s ink. Or, I’ve known that you don’t like to trample on people’s prose, and I’ve appreciated that you accept articles from no-names, but sometimes you’ll need to spill […]

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Mayor of the Sunset Strip

Disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer has been a fixture of Los Angeles rock radio since the mid-70s, and before that he was a ubiquitous scenester on the Sunset Strip, attaching himself to such chart toppers as the Monkees, the Beach Boys, and Sonny and Cher. This absorbing documentary by George Hickenlooper (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s […]

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Version>04: invisibleNetworks

Now in its fourth year, the Version festival features 200-plus projects from the art and activist underground during more than two weeks of exhibits, screenings, group discussions, live music, cable access TV, how-to workshops, guerrilla art and theater, city tours, and group meals. It started on Friday, April 16, and runs through Sunday, May 2. […]