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Alice Carey
Writer and style icon, Alice Carey has lived in Greenwich Village all her adult life. Though she and her husband have restored a Georgian house in Ireland, she is proud to be a New Yorker. Her memoir, I’ll Know It When I See It – A Daughter’s Search For Home In Ireland was published in 2002. She is in the final throes of a novel, working title: Away With the Fairies.

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Entries by Alice Carey

Sadly, 'The Last Ship' Sinks

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 1:07 PM

The thing Broadway producers don't seem to fathom (as reported in Patrick Healy's article in The New York Times January 7) is that musicals by their very nature are not always feel-good events. And so The Last Ship will inevitably sink on Jan. 24 after a four-month run.


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At Home at the Met

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 11:45 AM

I've been going to the opera since I was a girl, at both the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Center. But few years ago I stopped going to the Met, I didn't know why. Though I continued to listen to the Met's Saturday live radio broadcasts. In...

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Jed Harris's Act Two

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 7:40 PM

Theatre pundits have it that this year's Tony for Best Play will go to James Lapine's new play, Act One, based on director Moss Hart's memoir of the same name.

Both memoir and play center on young Moss's collaboration with the great George S. Kauffman, but that's not why...

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Another Memo to Pope Francis

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Ah, Pope Francis you've struck another bad cord with me. It was condescending enough of you to say that atheists can go to heaven -- myself included. But now, as it's Holy Week, you're doing your Jesus bit by donning a crown of thorns and taking the rap for your...

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The Bookstore Is Dead, Long Live the Bookstore

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:00 PM

According to Julie Bosman in her article "Literary City, Bookstore Desert" in today's New York Times, the end is nigh for bookstores in New York.

The pleasant idyll of strolling around a bookstore, glancing at covers, opening a page, reading a bit and having a chat with the person...

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Who's Paddy?

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 3:49 PM

The days leading up to Paddy's Day drive me mad. Green rules New York. Not the green of the Irish countryside mind, but a cheap charade of color pretending to be green. Leprechaun hats, red curly beards and restaurants trumpeting corned beef and cabbage leave me wondering: What in God's...

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Anchoring the Corner

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 12:34 PM

I've lived on the same block in Greenwich Village nearly all my life and for a good part of it next door to Annie Leibowitz. So when the cat that anchored the front of the house disappeared, I knew something was up. It probably sensed Annie was selling up and...

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From the Back Row

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 6:56 PM

I grew up in the '50s, in the back row of the New York City Center. My mother was producer Jean Dalrymple's maid. And 'Miss D.,' as she was called, was one of City Center's founding members, as well as its chief cook and bottle washer.

Dalrymple lived down...

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Do Not Be Afraid

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 8:59 PM

I'm not much one for crying. But this morning I did, as I watched Irish poet Seamus Heaney's funeral, and heard his last words. Words he sent to his wife minutes before he died.

'Noli timere' -- don't be afraid.

That it was a text message...

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(4) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 3:41 PM

I'm a sucker for any article about adopting the unadoptable. And recently my eye was caught by an article in the WSJ about rescuing dogs from shelters in the South and bringing them up North for adoption.

Apparently, there's an over-supply of southern dogs only a...

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Stonewall x 2

(5) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 3:54 PM

They say if you stay in the same place long enough, you get to see everything. So by staying on the same block in Greenwich Village longer than I ever expected, I've seen history being made in front of the Stonewall Inn, not once but twice.

Forty-four years ago I...

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Memo to Pope Francis

(6) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:15 PM

OMG your Holiness, aren't you the bold boy for updating the "firm." Whatever possessed you to give nice atheists a one-way ticket to Heaven? According to Vatican Radio you said: "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just...

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The Gathering: Ireland's Cynical Play For Irish-Americans Money

(34) Comments | Posted March 16, 2013 | 8:00 AM

For years America has viewed Ireland through a veil of fond remembrance. This is the sentiment fueling The Gathering, Ireland's 5-million-euro scheme designed to get tourism rolling.

But this plan and the view of Ireland through rose-colored glasses is as dated as the sentiments expressed in "Come Back To...

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Time Heals Everything

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 9:00 AM

In the annals of how time runs our lives, January was a banner month for me. Within a week, I received my first Social Security check and had my first facial. Social Security came first.

For some time, my husband had been gently suggesting that a monthly stipend from...

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Erotic, Exotic Gottex and Me

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 4:21 PM

Somewhere down in the basement, or maybe in the back of a drawer, lies one of my old Gottex bathing suits, now faded beyond use. When new, it was a shiny lime green, skimpy too, quite like what Tinkerbell wears in Disney's Peter Pan.

I see it in memory...

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Carpe Diem!

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 6:48 PM

It was when I opened The Guardian and saw a picture of a terrified woman being carried through a street in Beirut that I cried.

Her terror: The result of a car bomb in Ashrafyeh, a predominantly Christian section of Beirut, that killed five people and injured one hundred and...

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My Damascus Dress

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 6:07 PM

In Aleppo, there is a bakery that makes the most delicious French pastry. In Damascus, there is a store on the biblical street called Straight, where I bought a 19th Century rug. In Bosra, there is a Roman amphitheatre where, for my own pleasure, I recited: "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend...

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Oh, Those Girlie Voices!

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 4:13 PM

Recently, on the Dublin to Cork train, I solved a mystery that's irked me for years: Why young girls today speak in high-pitch, screechy voices and end every sentence, declarative or not, in a question.

Approaching my favorite seat armed with a full contingent of weekend newspapers, I hear chaotic...

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Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 2:32 PM

Writers Gore Vidal and Maeve Binchy have died within twenty-four hours of each other. He was 86, she 73. One I knew. One I didn't.

Maeve was a colleague -- a Dubliner born and bred, a lover of cats and a good bottle of wine, someone who...

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The Lines of My Life

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 3:50 PM

Admit it. The reason you rent The Picture of Dorian Gray from Netflix, is to gaze upon that famous portrait of evil decrepitude, knowing you'll never wind up like that.

Then, after pouring a glass of chardonnay to help you rummage around for that yellow-paged college paperback, don't you...

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