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Tartuffe on Camera

who’s watching

First Sunday in September. The sun is beaming on the main Green, still vacant, except for the occasional freshman-parent-unit strolling across. Inside the cool halls of Leeds, a group of actors scurry around in the semi-dark theatre, surrounded by surveillance cameras rigged around the stage. Their image, in form of unidentified bodies and flashing limbs,…

No Sight but Certainly Vision

blind musicians bring the tunes

Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Art Tatum figure prominently among some of the most successful blind musicians; there are also the three different blues musicians who went by the name Blind Willie.  Aside from Mr. Wonder’s presence at the Obama Inaugural Concert in January, the brightest moments of these luminaries are largely in the past. …

Post- Sex: The Hardy Brothers

our first mystery

FRANK: Hello. I’m Frank Hardy. That’s not the name printed on my birth certificate, but as far as lowbrow write-in sex column pseudonyms go, my younger brother Joe and I feel as if it’s hard to beat. I’m sorry, that was crude. But did you think Dear Abby’s name was really Abby?! The real (fictional) Hardy Boys were detectives…

dude. food.

Stock Options

“Paul Allen has mistaken me for this dickhead Marcus Halberstram. It seems logical because Marcus also works at P&P and in fact does the same exact thing I do and he also has a penchant for Valentino suits and Oliver Peoples glasses. Marcus and I even go to the same barber, although I have a…

Views from the Movie Box

the peaks and pits of summer cinema

Brüno In this follow-up to Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen once again turns his critical eye to the American South, which at this point should be putting up “Wanted” signs of the British comedian if it wishes to be spared further embarrassment. Many of the film’s gags, particularly those involving Brüno’s attempts to “convert” himself to…