Lord in Vain

When Conrad Black became a press lord, then a real lord, his ambition seemed to be to leave the sullied world of business behind. Nice try.

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Near Myth

Marvin David Levy’s attempt to bring O’Neill’s Americanized Greeks to the opera stage is still a victim of sixties classical conventions.

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Book of Isiah

With a bloated payroll, an injured superstar, notoriously clueless management, and a perpetually hangdog look, the Knicks were basketball's walking dead. Then Isiah Thomas arrived, and a sudden quickening occurred. What's behind that smile?

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Talent in Spades

A young soprano makes a splashing Met debut in The Queen of Spades; Cecilia Bartoli rescues Antonio Salieri from obscurity—and blandness.

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Happy Hors d’Oeuvre Are Here Again

After three years of holiday gloom, New York’s caterers rejoice as clients encourage them to go for broke (Grey Goose vodka, aerial acts, snowy topiary gardens) on office parties.

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Will Bill?

Bill Thompson is mild-mannered, relatively unknown, and not sure he wants to run. So how is it that the city comptroller may be the next mayor?

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