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3/10/2008 at 2:50 p.m.
Kiki & Herb Classics Come to DVD. Bonus: Blasphemy!
Dissolute songstress Kiki and her loyal piano man, Herb, have terrorized New York nightclubs in a deeply charming way for fifteen years, but this is (probably) the first time you’ll have them in your living room.
3/10/2008 at 2:00 p.m.
You’ve Heard of This ‘No Country For Old Men,’ Yeah?
The first nine-tenths of Joel and Ethan Coen’s
No Country for Old Men is the best thing they’ve ever done, with the possible exception of The Big Lebowski as seen for the third time, stoned
3/7/2008 at 4:29 p.m.
Poet Julia Hartwig Links Freedom With Having an Iron Will
Julia Hartwig is a poet too little known in America: Countryman Czeslaw Milosz called her “the grande dame of Polish poetry.”
3/7/2008 at 2:00 p.m.
No Hipster Tyke-Rocker, Just the King of All Tyke Rock
Here’s a throwback to simpler times, when kids’ music sounded like kids’ music.
3/6/2008 at 4:00 p.m.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Hero-on-Hero Violence
Link and Mario have slayed dragons and stomped evil mushrooms in their own separate Wii adventures — but who would win in a street fight?
3/5/2008 at 4:30 p.m.
Stephen Malkmus Conquers Prog-Rock, Calls It ‘Trash’
“Cold Sun” is as stunning as anything Stephen Malkmus has ever written, and the title track pulls off the rare feat of being catchy
and ten minutes long.
3/3/2008 at 5:15 p.m.
‘Forbidden Hollywood’: Pre-Code Flicks to Make You Blush
This set, the second in a series, collects five more features starring loose women, wannabe child murderers, gold diggers, and gangsters.
2/29/2008 at 4:30 p.m.
Rapper Sheek Louch Brings Beef to Wes Anderson
Getting in on the response-video blood sport, Sheek Louch—the comic relief in the NYC gangster-rap survivor clique the Lox/D-Block—has taken the game to Wes Anderson.
2/29/2008 at 3:00 p.m.
Even Walter Benjamin’s Napkin Scribblings Were Genius
Walter Benjamin scholars obsess over not only his published work but also his scribblings on scraps of paper.
2/27/2008 at 4:30 p.m.
Book Charts Relationship Between Old Ladies and Pimps
Jessica Hagy has been posting index cards of (non-math) graphs and diagrams on Indexed since August 2006, and now she’s brought this online work to print.
2/26/2008 at 4:30 p.m.
‘Living Bridge’: The Indie-Rock Compilation of the Year
Here’s a rare indie compilation perfect for geeks and novices alike: a two-disc collection of otherwise unavailable tracks from bigger-name bands as well as unknowns.
2/26/2008 at 4:15 p.m.
Janet Jackson Hits the Dance — and Bedroom — Floor
Janet Jackson hit the big 4-0 last year, but the lighter-than-air sex jams on her tenth studio album are still blush-inducing — which is not to say embarrassing.
2/19/2008 at 4:27 p.m.
The Best Documentary Oscar Forgot: ‘Terror’s Advocate’
And you thought the Roger Clemens hearings were tense: Barbet Schroeder’s rabbit-hole dive into the world of ego-tripping war-criminal defender Jacques Vergès is a dizzying portrait of the lawyer as a heretical hero.
2/19/2008 at 3:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Bishop Collection Nudges at Perfection
This roundup of Elizabeth Bishop’s slim but sharp poetic output proves that some writers never produce a bad work.
2/19/2008 at 2:00 p.m.
The Wickedly Sexy Helen Mirren You Haven't Seen
We adore the young, wickedly sexy Helen Mirren seen in this collection of her breakthrough made-for-TV flicks, filmed between 1974 and 1982.
2/13/2008 at 4:45 p.m.
Filmmaker Peter Greenaway’s Slightly Insane High Art
Peter Greenaway’s newly released first two major films sum up the man’s classical composition and off-the-wall wit and symbolism.
2/12/2008 at 4:00 p.m.
Yelpy Pop Dudes Simple Plan Give a Go at Overblown Rock
You may think of Simple Plan as yelpy pop rock, but these guys are scarily good at embodying whatever kind of sound they like.
2/11/2008 at 5:00 p.m.
Benazir Bhutto’s Argument for ‘Reconciliation’
Finished just weeks before her death, Benazir Bhutto’s book drives home just what a loss the world has suffered with her assassination.
2/8/2008 at 5:50 p.m.
Blac Renderings: Pop, Politics—and Hot D.J. Mixes
Blac Renderings presents superior mixes from NYC and its environs.
2/8/2008 at 4:45 p.m.
Firsthand Accounts of Landing ‘In the Shadow of the Moon’
Kids still want to be astronauts, right?