October 2006 Archives
"My Name Is Rachel Corrie" - anyone seen this?
Here's Terry Teachout's take on "My Name Is Rachel Corrie." Anyone seen this?
Politics makes artists stupid. Take "My Name Is Rachel Corrie," the one-woman play cobbled together from the diaries, emails and miscellaneous scribblings of the 23-year-old left-wing activist who was run over by an Israeli Army bulldozer in 2003 while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian house in the Gaza Strip. Co-written and directed by Alan Rickman, one of England's best actors, "Rachel Corrie" just opened off-Broadway after a successful London run. It's an ill-crafted piece of goopy give-peace-a-chance agitprop--yet it's being performed to cheers and tears before admiring crowds of theater-savvy New Yorkers who, like Mr. Rickman himself, ought to know better.
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"My Name Is Rachel Corrie," by contrast, is a scrappy, one-sided monologue consisting of nothing but the fugitive observations of a young woman who, like so many idealists, treated her emotions as facts. "I am disappointed," she declares, "that this is the base reality of our world and that we, in fact, participate in it. This is not at all what I asked for when I came into this world." To mistake such jejune disillusion for profundity and turn it into the climax of a full-length play is an act of piety, not artistry.
"Bulldozed by Naivete," by Terry Teachout, Opinion Journal, October 21, 2006
"Ten Percent Tip Teaches Waitress Valuable Lesson"
After receiving "subpar" service and experiencing an unusually long wait for his $4.75 lunch at a local Beefside Family Restaurant Monday, customer Gus O'Connor opted to give waitress Carla Hyams a reduced 10 percent tip in an attempt to communicate his dissatisfaction and raise awareness of the areas in which he felt her performance was lacking.
Hyams, 49, who has been serving tables at the popular eatery for 13 years, expressed enthusiastic gratitude for the "immense personal growth" the gesture will afford her, adding that, in the long run, the experience will make her a better waitress.
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"If he hadn’t withheld that 50 cents, I'd make these mistakes over and over for the rest of my career," said the 49-year-old server.
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O'Connor said his overall goal was not only to receive better service, but to help Hyams become a role model for her two teenage children, Tyler and Michael.
"Ten Percent Tip Teaches Waitress Valuable Lesson," The Onion, October 19, 2006
Wasn't it Hemingway who left a $50 tip when he got lousy service for an inexpensive lunch, and when the waitress gushed "Thank you!" he said, "You ought to see how I tip for good service."
Must see exhibition for all New Yorkers
Pablo Picasso, Seated Woman with Wristwatch, 1932
Roy Lichtenstein, Girl with Beach Ball III, 1977
I strongly diasagrree with Michael Kimmelman's charcaterization of the Picasso exhibition at the Whitney Museum as
one of those dull affairs incubated in the world of academe: a walk-through textbook that goes to extraordinary lengths to state the obvious
What a horrible review by the chief art critic of the NYTimes ... Friday evening I went and enjoyed the exhibition very much ... I read the review after seeing the show ... there are so many paintings from faraway places that are shown for the first time in NY ... after the show at the Whitney, I went home and ate a simple supper of silky tofu with 2 Chinese fermented eggs, dressed with sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds ... the red wine was a south-east Australian 2004 Penfolds Koonunga Hill shiraz cabernet ... .
This exhibition is a must see for all New Yorkers ...
"Picasso and American Art," Whitney Museum of American Art, September 28, 2006 - January 28, 2007, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, Friday's from 6–9 pm is pay-what-you-wish admission, (press release - 5-page pdf)