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The SantaLand Diaries

Like much of David Sedaris’s best work, this piece revolves around the narrator’s self-loathing and his waspish disdain for people who are even worse than he is: everyone he meets. So turning his monologue about a hellish holiday job at Macy’s into a concert reading with seven actors playing the characters is odd–it dilutes the […]

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Savage Love

I’m a woman in an LTR. Recently I had a discussion about anal sex with my guy. Knowing that I was a little nervous, he was GGG and let me experiment on him first. Well, it worked out great, and we both found pleasure in anal play. However, last time I was fingering him I […]

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Closing Soon

Lisa Krivacka’s show at Aron Packer, “Open House,” includes 27 small paintings inspired by the real estate ads she ran across while looking for a home in upstate New York. Printed on the paintings are owners’ typical optimistic descriptions, which also often serve as the titles, but the sensuous colors and personality she gives these […]

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Hotel Rwanda

Ten years after the Rwandan genocide that took nearly a million lives, writer-director Terry George tells the story of real-life hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, who took advantage of the UN forces guarding his four-star hotel to grant refuge to 1,268 Tutsis and Hutu moderates. George has said that Rusesabagina and his wife “shame us all […]

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[snip] “Medical justice today . . . is worse than random,” writes Jeffrey Pariser, executive director of the legal-reform group Common Good, in Legal Times (June 28). “Most errors go uncompensated. At the same time, according to a Harvard medical practice study, 80 percent of claims are made against doctors who made no medical error […]

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Light Opera Works

Arthur Sullivan had high aspirations for himself as a composer of symphonies and grand opera, but his fate will be linked forever to that of his witty librettist, William Gilbert. Gilbert and Sullivan, one of the most successful musical teams in history, created comic works that are hard to classify. They’re not exactly classical–though they […]

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When a Sticky Pollutant Is a Good Pollutant

Franz Geiger Physical/Analytical and Environmental Chemist Northwestern University Franz Geiger heads up a research group at Northwestern that uses lasers to see how tightly pollutants stick to other substances. This new field’s called environmental surface science–and research in it may help improve our groundwater. Harold Henderson: Why “surface science”? Franz Geiger: Environmental pollutants interact with […]

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Guided by Voices

Half Smiles of the Decomposed (Matador), apparently the final Guided by Voices album, contains further evidence of front man Robert Pollard’s recent conversion to production values, and the three-minute “Window of My World” is about as close as he’s ever come to writing an epic song suite. Otherwise Pollard’s going out like he came in: […]

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Beyond the Sea

For more than a decade Kevin Spacey has been trying to build a biopic around reptilian pop singer Bobby Darin (1936-’73), and his determination pays off in this glorious mess of a movie. The production numbers and nightclub showstoppers are impressive not only for Spacey’s impersonation of Darin but for their skillful evocation of musical […]