The New York Times‘ William Grimes is reporting that dance critic Clive Barnes has died. He was 81-years-old.
Per Mr. Grimes:
Mr. Barnes, an energetic Londoner who once described himself as ‘your typical working-class overachiever,’ made his mark by waging a sustained assault on British dance criticism as it was then practiced just Read More
Bill Keller sent out a 384-word memo this morning announcing that William Grimes will become the new obit writer for the paper.
Here’s the memo:
To the Staff:
There are some bylines that are, by general acclamation, must reads. William Grimes is one. No matter the subject, no matter the headline, Biff’s name atop Read More
At 9:21 p.m. on March 27, chef Joel Somerstein was sitting in his kitchen office at the restaurant Marika when the phone rang. He grabbed the handset. Mr. Somerstein knew that restaurant critic William Grimes’ review of his West 70th Street restaurant would appear in the next morning’s New York Times . He also knew Read More
The heavy double doors of wood and frosted glass opened a bit, and Alain Ducasse peered warily out of the Essex House restaurant that bears his name. Behind him, his Art Deco temple of Brazilian rosewood and Neapolitan silk was in a state of disarray. It was Saturday, the day of the first game of Read More
Fully Committed , the backstage restaurant show beloved by restaurant critics and celebrity chefs, is going strong at the little Cherry Lane Theater downtown. I caught it before swooning over a supper of meltingly triumphant Kavalierspitz with zesty puréed spinach, followed by a Czech palacsintak to die for, at David Bouley’s swirling tribute to fin Read More