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1/3/2008 at 2:00 p.m.
‘The L Word’ ain’t ‘The Wire,’ but we’re excited it’s back!
It pains us to invoke the
Sex and the City in the context of this perfectly original show, but can we just point out that The L Word ’s glam, powerful, and, yes, horny leading ladies make Carrie Bradshaw and her friends look positively Victorian?
1/2/2008 at 3:00 p.m.
J.M. Coetzee’s highly creative ‘Diary of a Bad Year.’
This new novel by the South Africa–born laureate is quite literally layered—three concurrent narratives run in horizontal stripes throughout the book.
1/2/2008 at 1:30 p.m.
The mysterious Burial delivers a kinder, gentler dubstep.
With this recent album, one of the top discs of the year, Burial exhumes dubstep's U.K. roots, emphasizing warped, melancholy vocals.
12/31/2007 at 10:58 a.m.
Michael Pollan just might solve the omnivore’s dilemma.
Pollan takes on the food industry’s idea of “nutrition” (they’re just trying to make money, y’all!), but mercifully clues us in on what foods aren’t made of mutant ingredients.
12/31/2007 at 10:00 a.m.
‘Golden Opportunities Mixtape’ is gloomy, great—and free.
Now free on the band’s site is
Golden Opportunities Mixtape, a collection of covers and one original track, all recorded at various radio stations, gigs, and "empty hotel stairwells."
12/31/2007 at 9:00 a.m.
They Might Be Giants might teach him to count, paint, sing.
They Might Be Giants just might cure new-toy boredom with their first Friday Night Family Podcast of the new year.
12/18/2007 at 3:30 p.m.
Japanese best-seller finally translated into English.
Tetsuo Miura’s first novel translated into English has sold over a million copies in Japan since it was published in 1961.
12/18/2007 at 2:00 p.m.
Kid Sister and Kanye one-up “Lip Gloss” with “Pro Nails.”
In between an infectious chopped-and-screwed chorus, Kid Sister makes it absolutely clear that her acrylic nails are Not. To Be. Fucked With.
12/17/2007 at 5:30 p.m.
“What Is Sport?”: Who better to answer than Barthes?
This long overdue paperback is full of the kinds of quips and pithy profundities one expects from philosophy (and TV) done the French way.
12/17/2007 at 4:20 p.m.
“Balls of Fury” made worthwhile by Christopher Walken.
This film is redeemed by another bizarre, must-see performance from Christopher Walken, whose evil, chinoiserie-clad table-tennis tyrant makes for a master class in camp.
12/12/2007 at 4:03 p.m.
Edward Said’s music criticism showcases his obsessions.
We’re especially fascinated by Said's obsession with pianist Glenn Gould, whom, as Said’s wife writes in the preface, “Edward seemed unable to let go of.”
12/11/2007 at 4:25 p.m.
At least the striking writers gave us season three of ‘Lost.’
Fall back on the episodes of
Lost that corrected many of season two’s flaws.
12/10/2007 at 4:35 p.m.
Orange Box compiles a movie-besting video-game series.
Half-Life isn’t merely a great game; it’s a far better action franchise than
12/10/2007 at 3:15 p.m.
U.A. deluxe gift set: an instant film library worth its cost.
It couldn’t be a better time for United Artists to celebrate its 90th anniversary.
12/10/2007 at 11:45 a.m.
Kids play Steve Reich better than he can.
When a 1976 work became the obsession of a group at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, it was clear that New York had lost its exclusive on Steve Reich.
12/7/2007 at 4:43 p.m.
Merry Christmas from Nelly Furtado, hardcore weirdos.
The group responsible for this seven-inch single — turntable not included! — may be a Canadian hardcore band named Fucked Up, but we assure you that it’s not a cynical regard for the holidays that has us recommending it.
12/6/2007 at 5:05 p.m.
This weekend, we’re watching season four of ‘The Wire.’
The bullshit politicians, nearsighted cops, and cannibalistic drug dealers are all here, of course, but it’s the doomed schoolkids—Randy, Namond, Dukie, and Michael—who best give life to the capital-T tragedy of Baltimore’s failing of institutions.
12/6/2007 at 8:15 a.m.
Agenda Sweepstakes: New York by ‘New York’!
For this month's New York by
New York event, our friends at UCBT have combined the best and worst aspects of office holiday parties into one hilarious night.
12/5/2007 at 5:00 p.m.
‘The Midnight Choir’ delivers the killer, then the body.
This novel starts with a twist: The Gardaí (Irish cops) have their mad, blood-soaked killer; they just have to sort out whom he killed.
12/5/2007 at 3:45 p.m.
Ethan Hawke’s awful book becomes a great movie. Really!
Mark Webber and Catalina Sandino Moreno deliver a kind of Linklaterian and surprisingly self-immolating take on how not to break up.