To paraphrase T. S. Eliot, between the idea (of quitting your desk job)
and the reality (of running a hip, thriving bar) falls the shadow.
Get it all figured out with this practical guide to fulfilling impractical fantasies,
from opening a restaurant and growing tomatoes on a farm upstate
to learning to fly and becoming a nun.
Plus: Living the expat life in Buenos Aires—where American dollars and
cultural cachet both go a long way.
• 12 Ways To Remake Your Boring Life
• Unleash Your Inner Artist
• Ditch Your Job and Start a Business
• How Much Does Your Retail Dream Cost?
• Move to South America
• Escape To These Destinations
After Jeanine Pirro decided to run for the Senate, it quickly became apparent that she was an overmatched puppet being manipulated by the most powerful players in the GOP. As it turns out, the puppet masters were just as hapless as the puppet.
It’s tough putting together an exhibit of “American art” when that very concept
is becoming obsolete.
• Timeline: Biennial Stars and Detractors
• Ready To Watch: Ten Artists With Staying Power
• Meet the Art World’s JT LeRoys
No way HBO’s Utah polygamists are Mormons!
Watch for the Clinton-Dean show!
Free press vs. Forest Service
Gonzo thong controversy.
Onionistas’s sketchy film.
This week’s column is in the form of a holiday cheer. H is for Hume, as in Brit, the guy who had a harmless chat—or was that an “interview”?—with the trigger-happy vice-president.
Can an ambitious Spanish plan get us all sharing wi-fi?
Alpha moms introduce offspring to the benefit circuit.
New British-style school plans to save expats and anglophiles from the lack of “rigour” in New York schools.
Posh motorists confront “uncivilized” police dragnet.
A trench coat that distinguishes itself from the masses, a wrist-friendly hairbrush, and more.
Store openings this week.
Jill Keenan of Tenthousandthings.
"I don’t really shop, I just go to fabric stores."
Forecasting the (immediate) future of fashion.
An excellent take on the nebulous concept of Israeli cuisine.
The best places to get fat.
A cured sardines and puntarelle salad recipe from a Frankies chef.
Week of Feb. 20, 2006: Arium.
Fat Tuesday falls on February 28 this year—where will you get your beads on?
Until the following new restaurants get their liquor licenses, you can save a little on the check.
The pros and cons of sleeping with artsy types.
Rise of the paperless transaction.
The Culture Pages
On the challenge of falling apart onstage.
An overwrought Julianne Moore vehicle that still manages to be painfully affecting.
New on DVD: The Paramount Comedy Shorts 1928-1941, The Cary Grant Box Set, Rent, Domino, and more.
A panel of citizen critics weigh in on releases from Ray Davies, Belle and Sebastian, and others.
How hip-hop could save Broadway. No, really!
In his TV debut as Luke in The O.C. former Abercrombie & Fitch model Chris Carmack, 25, played Mischa Barton’s first boyfriend—and her mother’s booty call of choice. But now he stars as the object of Alec Baldwin’s advances in the Off Broadway production of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane.
It probably wasn’t in director Scott Elliott’s power to wrest a really transcendent night from this material, but he does make it a diverting one.
The frequently profane, occasionally graphic play about two old friends and their shared hooker has rich characters, finely tuned writing, and laughs.
The original tawdry real-life courtroom drama, starring Annette Bening.
Why networks give new series a quick hook.
Seven steps to Broadway, then drama club-and back.
This season, the bad guy on 24 is named after a top Fox network exec. And he’s not the first secret shout-out to an industry power player.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
The quail-hunting scandal could push Cheney back into the bunker—where he’s most comfortable.
Three on-the-rise American conductors come to town this week.
Venerable theater company fights bullies.
Three painting shows not to miss.
Nostalgia for the early-eighties downtown scene just keeps booming, thanks to the scads of backward-looking bands that are hitting the mainstream. This week, take a look back.
Three Broadway hits get an infusion of fresh blood.
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