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The Approval Matrix: Week of November 7, 2005

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.


Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Tom Verlaine, and Flea will play two benefit shows at BAM in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of Smith’s seminal album Horses; proceeds will go to Gulf Coast hurricane-relief efforts. . . . Karen Russell, 23, whose short story “Haunting Olivia” recently appeared in The New Yorker, has signed a six-figure deal with Knopf for two books in the same vein. . . . Mystic River author Dennis Lehane’s crime-thriller play Coronado will debut Off Broadway in late November. . . . New York rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced that their long-awaited, still-untitled second album should be mixed and mastered as early as next month. . . . Deadwood creator David Milch and former New York police officer Bill Clark sold a new cop drama to HBO based on Clark’s undercover experience in the seventies. . . . Diminutive Diff’rent Strokes star Gary Coleman will appear as himself in the big-screen adaptation of Postal, a notorious video game whose white-trash hero “goes postal,” wreaking havoc on those unlucky enough to be in his way.