new york film festival
The cast of eighties cult fantasy film The Princess Bride is set to reunite at the New York Film Festival this year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced via press release today.
Masters of Fine Arts
The main lounge of the Jane Hotel was probably the brightest most people had ever seen it on Sunday afternoon, as literati packed the room for a marathon reading of Frederic Tuten’s The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, a scrappy postmodern novel that details those dubious adventures —Greta Garbo, in a tank, visits him at one point—and lifts around a quarter of its pages from other sources like Friedrich Engels and Washington Irving. Around 63 readers, identified by number in a program and on a giant screen to the right of the room, read portions of the text over a five-hour period, with memorable turns in the role of Mao from Kurt Andersen and a puppet.
Deborah Eisenberg, the short story writer, is leaving the University of Virginia to join the faculty at Columbia University’s writing program. Ms. Eisenberg has taught at UVA since 1994, but the lure of Morningside Heights and brilliant students willing to bank $100,000 on their own literary promise (through a combination of scholarships and loans, of Read More
“He’s in my dreams almost every night!” said Marisa Tomei, star of the New Group’s production of Marie and Bruce, about her playwright, Wallace Shawn. “He’s, like, giving me advice, so far, about my own personal life!” Ms. Tomei was quick to specify that the real-life Mr. Shawn would never impose himself on her in Read More
Don’t be fooled by the increasing temperatures and out of control humidity: Summer is almost over. However, while Labor Day is less than three weeks away, there is a silver lining: We’re that much closer to our favorite Upper Eastsiders from Gossip Girl returning from summer break! The second season hits Read More
New York Nostalgia Trip
Well, Valentine’s Day is in the air, and it’s probably too late to plan a tingly night on the town. Luckily, there’s an easy way to experience years of Manhattan nightlife—you know, back when it was gritty and glamorous—and all that nostalgia won’t cost you a thing. Composed of 28 stunning Read More
I’m not so sure that Wallace Shawn is the man to make me feel guilty about moral voids. There’s something endearingly frivolous about Wally-the gnomish Wally and amusing character actor who appears briefly in countless bad films to say lines like, “Well, well, well!” Or: “No talking in class!” And there’s his opposite-the serious Wally Read More
Back in February, the war was imminent, and the anti-war movement was booming. The baby boomers had crammed the 60′s down our throats when we were growing up, and now, it seemed, we’d finally have our own generational badge of civil disobedience. So one Saturday, I trudged the frigid streets to the U.N. to participate Read More