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Entries by Francis Levy from 11/2012

The Middle Class

| Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney insistently use the term "middle class." But what is the middle class? Is a lawyer or doctor who may earn six figures a member of the middle class?

Roman Polanski's Repulsion Revisited

| Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment

Repulsion, which is currently being revived at Film Forum, is an essay in at least two forms of subjectivity: that of the omniscient viewer of Carol, the disturbed woman played with such enigmatic brilliance by the youthful Catherine Deneuve, and of Carol herself.

The Salt Marsh

| Posted 11.12.2012 | New York

The salt marsh in Broad Channel weathered the storm. The lights are still out in the Rockaways and Howard Beach, and the town of Broad Channel has been devastated to the point where a fishing vessel presently makes it home in the middle of a traffic island.

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

| Posted 11.20.2012 | Entertainment

It's a far cry from Robert Frank's The Americans; there's something self-congratulatory about the emphasis on style and also dismissive about the way he handles his subjects -- he puts make-up on despair.

The Hole in the Donut

| Posted 11.28.2012 | Comedy

A recent article in The Southern New England Journal of Medicine points to the fact that Jewish Americans in the 50-71 age category experience an inordinate amount of serious accidents cutting bagels.