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The Annotated Frank Rich Archive

March 10, 2014
The Greatest Showbiz Book Ever Written

Act One is an infectious evocation of a vibrant world written, it turns out, by a chronic depressive who also found the business “pure hell.”

March 10, 2014
Enter Moss Hart

In this Act One excerpt, the author who dreamed of working in the theater gets his first shot.

February 3, 2014
After the Hunt

Outfoxed director Robert Greenwald, ten years on.

February 3, 2014
Old Tricks

Files from the beginning of the Ailes era.

February 3, 2014
Stop Beating a Dead Fox

The conservative news channel’s only real power is in riling up liberals, who by this point should know better.

December 9, 2013
The Rehearsal Pianist

Composer John Kander on opening Broadway doors with Stephen Sondheim.

December 9, 2013
The Sondheim Puzzle

A lifetime making sense of the extraordinary songwriter—as young fan; critic and “enemy”; and, by now, old friend.

November 11, 2013
“The Very Definite Thrill of Virtue”

Excerpts from James Baldwin’s 1949 essay “Everybody’s Protest Novel.”

November 11, 2013
The Roots Rubber-Band Effect

Levar Burton on whether we still need the American slave narrative.

November 11, 2013
Liberal Echo Chamber

If only 12 Years a Slave (or Roots, or any other wrenching American slave narrative) could move audiences beyond those already eager for a dose of feel-good shame.

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