On Oct. 22, Joey Altruda, the Los Angeles-based bass player and composer, brought his band east to play a night at the Strato-Lounge, a weekly happening at Windows on the World. Mr. Altruda’s band plays, for lack of a better term, lounge music: They have horns, they dress well; it is, to paraphrase a Frank Read More
All you really need to know about Neil Hannon can be found in his song “Something for the Weekend.” Packed with sexual innuendo, desire, mystery, betrayal and a wry sense of humor, it’s got all of life’s pathetic little tragedies wrapped up tight, as if it were the soundtrack to one man’s recurring nightmare. But, Read More
Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age , by Esther Dyson. Broadway Books, 307 pages, $25.
If living in the digital future is anything like reading Esther Dyson’s book about it, I don’t think I’ll be able to stay awake for the experience. Ms. Dyson owns a company, Edventure Holdings Read More
Once again, Americans are given to Great Awakenings. As in the middle of the 18th century and again in the first half of the 19th, surging religious revivals are the rituals wherein vast numbers affirm in unison that something binds them above and beyond the almighty self. To the jaundiced Manhattanite, nothing could be more Read More
Joyful Noise , edited by Rick Moody and Darcey Steinke. Little, Brown & Company, 250 pages, $23.95.
“There is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes supplies the one-shrug answer to the New Testament, and to anyone who thinks he has something fresh to contribute to the mass of biblical commentary. Readers like me, Read More
As most farmers know, the surest way to cure a sheep dog from chasing chickens is to tie him up in a bag with a dead one for a couple of hours. Similarly, I hoped that an evening in a noisy, smoke-filled room among yuppies puffing away with their ties flung over their shoulders might Read More
The eager armchair generals who are on the march again in their newspaper columns and press releases will have to wait before resuming the war against Iraq. That is, unless they admit that the seven years of economic sanctions on that devastated nation are themselves a form of war-making, waged primarily against civilians and especially Read More
The one-man cottage industry known as John Grisham gets its first artistic upgrade from beach reading to classy, first-cabin filmmaking with The Rainmaker . With Francis Ford Coppola as director and a marvelous cast of dedicated and seasoned actors on board, this is the best Grisham yet. I’ve never liked any Read More
We are truly in a fun house of justice, a kind of deconstructed reality where everyone brings to the trial his or her own story, and the media fan the flames so high and hot that every Dick and Jane becomes an expert with an opinion, and onlookers weep and cheer as if their own Read More
As you may have heard, the stage version of The Lion King has opened at Disney’s New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway, and to that I say two little words: “hakuna matata.”
“Hakuna matata” is, of course, Swahili for “no worries.” It’s the Elton John-Tim Rice version of “Don’t worry, be happy.” Simba, you will Read More