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Music, Magnetic Fields: Stephin Merritt Goes Heavy on the Deadpan

Magnetic Fields: Stephin Merritt Goes Heavy on the Deadpan

Ethan Frome. What a terrible book. Edith Wharton's bleak novella tells the tale of its doomed titular "hero," who, in an effort to do the right thing, marries Zeena, the woman who nursed his mother on her deathbed. He then…
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Dining, Social Grace

A Graceful Exit

Dear Social Grace, I was invited to a dinner party. The hosts, an elderly man and his wife, invited me and two of my friends. The man and I get along very well, but really the hosts are my friends'…
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Dining, Social Grace

Lavatory Laments

Dear Social Grace, A question in this week's column , about the disabled stall in the bathroom, raises another for me: When there are three stalls available (one of them the handicap-access stall), is it…
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Culture, Stage

Abingdon Square

Maria Irene Fornes' drama about a young woman in early 20th-century New York plays like a bad Edith Wharton remake. Marion, an orphaned girl, marries a rich adult man at 14. As she grows up, she feels trapped, and her…
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Film, Dang Those Nuances

Dang Those Nuances

Like nearly all Merchant Ivory productions, The Golden Bowl, their latest book-to-film adaptation, is a feast for the eyes. It's got choice real estate, exquisite interior design, and dazzling costumes, all bathed in a golden light that not only enriches…
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Culture, Stage

Stage Capsules

Presto Pronto and Cat's Paw The most intriguing part of this year's Absurdist Series at the Exit is the number of new absurdist plays being commissioned or otherwise encouraged. Four tiny ones by Ken Prestininzi make up Presto Pronto, and…
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