His bulk and blokeishness made him the perfect frontman for Madness.

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His pursuit of formal balance hardly numbed him to racial concerns.

For Beckett, joking — like farting — is a futile but necessary stay against death and time.

His stylistic mastery renders all encomia to his “voice” ridiculous.

G.P.’s writing is both ludic and lucid, and anything but inhuman.

Vs. the psych­olo­gizing and soft-soap liberal­ism of “white ele­phant art”

Given his much-imper­son­ated rasp and gift for Menckenesque quips (“Horse sense is…

Recalling SUSAN SONTAG (1933-2004) as “a leading public intellectual” — a category…

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Interviews with TODD HAYNES (born 1961) are well-stocked with the film-studies and…

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Even if Brooklyn-born JEAN­MICHEL BASQUIAT (1960-88) had never taken brush (or spraycan)…

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What musician has been more unfairly burdened with expectations set by his…

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“St. Louis Blues” may be “the jazzman’s Hamlet,” as one critic has…

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The last man standing of Sun Records’ early roster has been known…

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Like Bea Arthur, Pearl Bailey, and Redd Foxx, the televisual omnipresence of…

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He began his critical career as a Welsh signalman’s son drawn to…

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Over his fecund scientific career, ERWIN SCHRÖDINGER (1887-1961) placed quantum wave mechanics…

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Kurt Weill settled into a successful Broadway career after escaping Nazi Germany,…

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For much of the 1940s, LENA HORNE (born 1917), Hollywood’s “sepia Cinderella,”…

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Today, the name MARY McCARTHY (1912-89) first brings to mind the frank…

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Just as it isn’t Burt Bacharach’s fault that his name is now…

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Called by collaborator Moss Hart “the greatest amateur I ever met,” COLE…