Monthly Archives: March 2011

Summer Pictures (Some Are Not)

Lingering memories of insignificant moments, things, views, have always intrigued me–a lunch of meatballs, outside on the grass, at summer camp when I was 12, sitting with the “wrong” boy; the houses beyond my Aunt Harriet’s swimming pool and terraced backyard in the … Continue reading

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New York Catches Up With Locarno, Vienna, Toronto, etc.

Included in this year’s New Directors/New Films and showing twice this weekend, Denis Côté’s latest feature, CURLING, is his first to play at a major New York festival.  New York has  been inexplicably slow to show the work of the prolific … Continue reading

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George Washington’s Step Great Grandson-in-Law Slept Here

Martha Washington had a first husband.  At 19 she married a wealthy, significantly older planter, Daniel Parke Custis, and lived with him at White House Plantation in Virginia until his death in 1757.  Two years later, Martha, 27, married George, … Continue reading

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I’m Standing with the Union

Amid shouts  of “Shame” from outraged protesters jamming in and around the state house in Madison, WI, yesterday, the assembly passed a bill undoing 50 years of union rights. And although it’s an immediate policy disaster, politically it’s a gift … Continue reading

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“Public Speaking” (“Speak!”)

Through March 10, Film Forum is playing “Public Speaking,” Martin Scorsese’s portrait of cultural critic and woman about town, Fran Lebowitz, without whom, New Yorkers (and non-New Yorkers) would understand much less about the City, politics, art, gender, etc. And … Continue reading

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