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First Nighter": A Feeble "Fable," A Lively "So, This Then is Life"

David Finkle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When Chandra (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) slips happily through an upstage door to smell the trellis roses at the start of A Fable, David Van Asselt's new play at the Cherry Lane, it's the extremely naïve theater-goer who won't immediately guess that the young girl's innocent joy isn't going to last much longer.

In Which I Start to Sing Spring

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Some scientists think mute swans, an invasive species, should be dealt with. In honor of the arrival of springtime, I take a page out of Tom Lehrer's...

Here Comes the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, Dragging a Broken Moral Compass

Norman Solomon | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The announcement of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, set for October 11, is sure to make big news. The prize remains the most prestigious in the world. But the award has fallen into an evasive pattern, ignoring the USA's continuous "war on terror" and even giving it tacit support.

Review of David Nirenberg's Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition

Michael Roth | Posted 06.28.2013 | Books
Michael Roth

David Nirenberg's Anti-Judaism is a thorough, scholarly account of why, in the history of the West, Jews have been so easy to hate. And this story goes back a very long way.

Fighting Over Blame in the Republican Party

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Because the U.S. has been governed by the same two parties for more than 150 years, it is not uncommon for one of the parties to be riven by an ideological split. The conflict in today's Republican Party is different. Although there are policy elements to it, most of the differences are personal.

WATCH: Morgan Freeman Teaches You To Rhyme

Zoë Triska | Posted 02.03.2012 | Books
Zoë Triska

When I was a kid, I thought great poetry had to rhyme. Poetry without rhyme was NOT poetry. It was filth, and I wanted nothing to do with it.

First Nighter: Genius Jazz Violinist Aaron Weinstein Meets Brilliant Jazz Singer Christine Ebersole in Dual Birdland Triumph

David Finkle | Posted 01.29.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

It's high time someone employs several hundred words to sing the praises of jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein for the widest audience possible.

Murdoch Most Foul

Martin Lewis | Posted 09.15.2011 | Media
Martin Lewis

The revelations of the last two weeks are no surprise to those who have followed the adventures of the scruples-free Rupert Murdoch. His is the law of the jungle. The only rule is that Rupert wins.

By Not Challenging the Tea Party, the White House Makes It Stronger

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This country is discouraged, angry, and frightened. That's the mood that the Tea Party has successfully tapped.

The Enduring Satiric Genius of Tom Lehrer

Spencer Green | Posted 06.07.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Satire -- let alone musical satire -- that actually hit hard was surprising at the dawn of the Eisenhower administration, but there was an audience ready to embrace it.

LA Metro's Misguided Critics: The Local Party of No

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

No self-respecting American of any political persuasion can look at China's success with high-speed rail and rail travel generally without crying over how far we are from what the Chinese have achieved.

"Welcome to the Future": A Forward Looking Playlist for my High School Reunion

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

When you're 40something, you're probably better off trying to live in the present tense and not in the past -- even at your high school reunion.

"Humans May Not Be Listed On eBay": Auction Of Politician For $1.5M Snuffed Out By eBay!

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martin Lewis

Clegg is their latest leader to ride this convenient slip-tide and use the "plague on both your houses" tack used by a similar (though less telegenic) American third-party looney -- Ross Perot.

11 Best Obama Songs

David Wallechinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wallechinsky

While prowling the Internet for songs about Barack Obama, I was impressed by the variety of musical genres that have taken to the Democratic candidate.