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  • May 20, 1999

    Of Time and the Artist

    One afternoon in 1985, I rode in a taxi down Broadway with the physicist I.I. Rabi, discussing time and age.

    Arthur C. Danto

  • May 13, 1999

    Nowhere Man, Please Listen

    On April Fool's Day 1989, Leonid Loktev changed without warning into another person.

    Stuart Klawans

  • May 6, 1999

    Waits: Guthrie’s Heir?

    Tom Waits is an imaginary hobo. He cruises the oddball corners of American pop culture, collecting the deft and moving and loopy short takes he sees and imagines there.

    Gene Santoro

  • May 6, 1999

    Memory Hotel (It’s Haunted)

    Thanks to the genius of millions, who over the generations have created our language, we may speak of the most uncanny experience in terms that suit the most common.

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 29, 1999

    Global Indigestion

    I coined the term "global brunch" several years ago after seeing a film of the Stravinsky-Cocteau Oedipus Rex as staged by Julie Taymor.

    Stuart Klawans


  • April 21, 1999

    The Way of All Flesh

    Hark! The squeal of the two-headed amphibian. Mating season must have begun.

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 15, 1999

    Accountant of Death

    After we admit that all historical circumstances are specific and all sufferings absolute--that Serbian "police" are not Nazis and ethnic Albanians not Jews (and NATO forces cannot be compared p

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 8, 1999

    The End of Humanism

    Like a guest at a potlatch, laughing to see his host's worldly goods go up in flames, I roared at The Matrix--roared and at the same time was humbled, knowing Warner Bros.

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 1, 1999

    Better Ed Than Dead

    Like the telephone before it, television has been an instrument for overcoming American loneliness.

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 1, 1999

    The Jazz Singer

    Most Americans don't like instrumental music.

    Gene Santoro