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Entries by David Finkle from 09/2011

Easy Reader: Simon Garfield's Enthralling Just My Type, Christopher Johnson's Less Than Enthralling Microstyle

| Posted 09.01.2011 | Books

When it comes to typefaces, I've long been an Arial man. Still, I'm typing this on my aging Mac in Helvetica. Why? I've finished reading Simon Garfield's irresistible Just My Type: A Book About Fonts.

First Nighter: "Follies" 2011 a Smash Hit

| Posted 09.13.2011 | Arts

In a theater-going era when anything with assumed marquee value is trussed up for consumer consumption, it's a treat to recall something that -- for the abundance of high-quality theater craft it contains -- truly deserves enthusiastic applause.

First Nighter: The Great Barbara Carroll Even Greater at the Algonquin's Oak Room

| Posted 09.19.2011 | Entertainment

In her mid-80s, Barbara Carroll's still doing what she does best and what few others even begin to do as well as. Nowadays she does it more regularly at the Oak Room, where management is wise enough to turn the paneled room over to her every Sunday brunch.

Easy Reader: Ellen Sweets's Stirring It Up With Molly Ivins a Five-Star Feast

| Posted 09.27.2011 | Books

A woman who scoured stores and the Internet for every type of utensil, Molly was unflaggingly eager to gather friends around her not only to feed them but -- as the devoted Sweets emphasizes -- because they would feed her with their wit and knowledge.