On a Tuesday night last summer-July 14, Bastille Day-I saw my first play as The Observer‘s new theater reviewer. It was Vanities, an awful Off Broadway musical at the Second Stage, and the evening was memorable only because it was also the night the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the trade Read More
New Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer takes a co-byline on an interview with newish Treasury secretary Henry Paulson. The headline on all this newness? “Mr. Paulson Goes to Washington.” (It refers to a 1939 Frank Capra film titled Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, in which Jimmy Stewart plays a humble and idealistic senator.) Read More
Harold Ford gave up his safe U.S. House seat to run for the Senate this year, a gamble that now appears on the verge of failing. But even in defeat, he might enjoy an option that many similar ex-House members don’t: the chance to reclaim his seat almost immediately.
That’s because Steve Cohen, the Democrat Read More
Hear Paul Bryan , Handcuff King (The BatsIsHappy Records). The songs on this debut CD work like recombinant DNA: After just a few spins, they’ll sound as if you’ve been playing the album for years instead of days. Mr. Bryan-a San Pedro, Calif. native who now lives in New York-is a bassist, singer and longtime Read More
The cognoscenti are wigging. “How did a 45-year-old ‘neurotic diva’ with one foot in Faulkner’s South and one foot in Garth’s make the year’s best album?” wonders a headline in Spin . “Perfect,” declares critic Robert Christgau in the July 9-23 Rolling Stone . “Courtney Love and Alanis Morissette could learn a few things from Read More