Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

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Big laughs are not the sort of response we immediately associate with most modern poetry. Humor and satire are integral components of some of the great modernist works of fiction -- think James Joyce's Ulysses , Italo Svevo's The Confessions of Zeno , much of Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita and Pale Fire , especially -- even when the overall effect is...
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Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone prove 'Evita' had nothing to cry about then -- and now
It is a revolutionary reunion: "Evita" and Che storming the stage. On your mark, get set -- sing! Stand back, Philadelphia! For Mandy Patinkin, stationing himself on stage alongside fellow phenom Patti LuPone 27 years after they both won Tonys for their roles in the revolutionary "Evita" -- he was Che to her evolved "Evita" -- is somewhat akin to...
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Oy, Jerusalem! The locus of love and heartache and war and winning and wandering Jews and wailing walls of emotion, it is also now the focus of a motion picture that scales its history, flat notes and sharp attacks, and puts it on a 20-foot screen, all still too small to take the Mideast measure that is this Jewish people's...
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"I Like Ike"? Okay. But I like icons even better -- and that's why I'm mad about "Mad Men." The AMC series, set at the tail end of the Eisenhower Era and shadowing the CREEPing importance of Nixon's beard shadow in the Big Debate and whether JFK had catholic appeal to win the election, has been a summer of love...
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"I Like Ike"? Okay. But I like icons even better -- and that's why I'm mad about "Mad Men." The AMC series, set at the tail end of the Eisenhower Era and shadowing the CREEPing importance of Nixon's beard shadow in the Big Debate and whether JFK had catholic appeal to win the election, has been a summer of love...
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