Issues Archives: That's Entertainment

May-June 2017

The Shock of the Everyday

New faces emerged when in January 2017 a series of mosaics became part of the tiled walls of the 72nd Street Station at the new Second Avenue Subway. Vik Muniz’ Perfect Strangers was the transformation of photographs into life-size mosaics installed throughout the mezzanine and entrance area.

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I Am Not Your Diagnosis

ELI CLARE’S BOOK of essays, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, is a clarion call for changing the medicalized disability narrative, that of “defective brokenness,” that often prevails in U.S. healthcare.

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We’ve Got Your Numbers

HOW MANY openly-LGBT rappers are there? What are the six states without any hate crimes laws? Which country leads the “gay happiness index”?

They may not have been questions you’ve thought of before, but the answers to these queries and about a thousand more are answered in LGBTQ Stats.

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He Needed a Racket

While the earlier parts of Scores are wryly humorous and almost blithely dismissive of the problems encountered in the nightclub’s formation and early success, the book takes on a more serious and suspenseful tone, especially after Blutrich turns to telling the tale of being an informant.

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The Secret Lives of Poets

  anybody by Ari Banias W.W. Norton. 112 pages, $25.95   Primer by Aaron Smith University of Pittsburgh Press 104 pages, $15.95       EVERY SO OFTEN, a poet appears who seems to have sprung fully armed from the head of Zeus. Two such poets are Ari Banias with his first book of poetry, […]

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Short Reviews

Reviews of One Of These Things First: A Memoir, and the movies, Bayou Maharajah: The Life and Music of New Orleans Piano Legend James Booker; Jonathan; and Akron.

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Love’s Longings Lost

  The Fall of Valor by Charles Jackson Valancourt Books. 223 pages, $19.90   IN 1944, Charles Jackson (1903-1968) published The Lost Weekend, about a writer battling alcoholism. The novel and especially the film version, which won Best Picture for 1945, were so successful that the title entered the language: we’ve all had our lost […]

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Stardom in the Age of the Selfie

Reading this book, which is subtitled My Life in Stories and Pictures, is akin to sitting with Cumming as he leafs through his ever-growing scrapbook of accomplishments, loves lost and won, and collaborations with other name-brand stars.

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Waugh’s Life Reconsidered: Still Dismal

  Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited by Philip Eade Henry Holt and Company 432 pages, $32.   WHEN EVELYN WAUGH died of a sudden heart attack at 62 on Easter Sunday, 1966, his literary reputation was in decline, his work seen as nostalgic and retrograde compared to the issue-oriented social realism of writers then in […]

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Ethel Smyth: Composer, Feminist, Suffragette

  IN LATE SPRING OF 2015, I received a flyer from Bard College advertising their SummerScape opera production of The Wreckers (1904), by the British composer Ethel Smyth, with a libretto by Harry Brewster. It took a moment for me to notice that the opera had been composed by a woman. Two thoughts occurred to […]

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