| Nov 18, 2008
"Autophobia" is one of those concepts that carries a useful double meaning. As Brian Ladd defines it early in this brisk analysis of cars and car culture, it's "an obscure psychiatric diagnosis of 'fear of oneself.' " But, if bent just a little, it can...
| Aug 23, 2008
Great architects are the enemies of history. They aspire to erase the visible past and to superimpose their own vision of the future. Ever since Baron Haussmann declared war on the back alleys of Paris in the mid-19th Century, replacing them with wide...
| May 20, 2008
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May 21, 2008
Ginger Strand has a great subject in Niagara Falls and some provocative and convincing ideas about her topic's significance.
Unfortunately, her synthesis of the two -- "Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power and Lies" -- incorporates just about...
| Mar 21, 2009
To Brooklynites of a certain age, Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley was a money-grubbing weasel who ripped the soul from their community when he announced he was moving the team to L.A. in 1957. Many Angelenos, however, view O'Malley as a pioneering saint for...
| Sep 13, 2009
A New York State trooper shot and killed a person on the Robert Moses Parkway on Sunday.
The incident occurred around 3:15 p.m on the southbound side of the parkway. Police say the trooper and a driver got into an argument which quickly escalated into...
| Nov 14, 2009
The apt title of this juicy oral history, based on more than 160 interviews, simultaneously expresses a principle that guided producer-provocateur Joe Papp and the theatrical ruckus that ensued.
"Free for All" is how Papp presented Shakespeare in Central...