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Long Story Short Archive

January 21, 2008
How ‘The 39 Steps’ Went From Tense British Thriller to Broadway Comedy

The journey of John Buchan's novel to the screen and the stage.

August 28, 2006
How—Just Four Years After Its 42-Year Run—‘The Fantasticks’ Is Back Onstage

A long story short.

October 31, 2005
How the Ballets Russes Inspired Dance's Great Leap Forward—And a New Film

From Parisian avant-garde to the Film Forum in seven steps.

October 3, 2005
How 'Lolita' has Stayed Fresh and Youthful for 50 Years

From banned book to celebrated literature in seven steps.

August 9, 2005
How Dick Van Dyke and Paris Hilton co-opted our most famous painting.

From icon of culture to reality-tv spoof in seven steps.

July 25, 2005
How 'The Mambo Kings' Danced onto the Great White Way - Almost.

From book to the Great White Way (almost) in seven steps.

June 13, 2005
How Werner Herzog, Shoe-Eating Outlaw, Became Film's Most Audacious Auteur

From shoe-eating outlaw to film's most audacious auteur in seven steps.

April 11, 2005
How William Shatner Went From Has-Been to Icon in Seven Self-Aware Steps

From Has-Been to Icon in Seven Self-Aware Steps.

March 7, 2005
The Strange Trip from Sensitive Mark Vincent to Action Hero Vin Diesel

From sensitive english major to bad-ass action hero in seven steps.

February 21, 2005
How Champion Spellers Went from Awkward Outcasts to Pop-Culture Heroes.

A seven step story.