December 18, 2005 |
BORIS EIFMAN Russian choreographer and artistic director, the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg The company was very busy and successful in 2005, dancing for the first time in Argentina, Mexico and Canada, so I was not able to see that much. Unfortunately, most of it was so boring that I didn't sit through the end of it. Maybe I'm jealous, but I feel that the Kirov Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet are doing nothing important when it comes to new works.
December 8, 2005 |
THE group that traditionally presents the first big awards of the Oscar season said Wednesday it had delayed announcing its winners after questions were raised about its voting process. A spokesman for the National Board of Review downplayed the flap, explaining that voters had mistakenly been sent a memo that was mislabeled as an "eligibility list" and did not include all the 2005 films that qualified.
December 5, 2005 |
Congress and the White House head into the year's political and legislative homestretch facing a backlog of divisive issues that will test the ability of Republican leaders to arrest a precipitous slide in their party's fortunes. This month is, in essence, the last act of a yearlong drama that has seen the GOP plunge from giddy celebration of its 2004 election gains to a disheartened party beset by ethics problems and internal divisions.
December 4, 2005 |
"BEST books" lists have always seemed, to me, unnecessarily hierarchical, inimical to the way literature works. What are the best books, and how do we determine them? No, reading is a fluid activity, one in which we are often moved for reasons beyond logic -- reasons that have less to do with our brains than with our hearts. With this in mind, Book Review's editors are taking a more subjective approach to our year-end issue.
November 27, 2005 |
KANYE WEST, the rapper-producer who topped last year's Freshman Class, makes his presence known again by contributing to the success of two members of this year's class: R&B singer John Legend and "American Idol" winner Fantasia. Other entries in the annual salute to the year's most noteworthy pop arrivals include the radical cabaret sensibilities of Antony and the Johnsons and the stark commentaries of a 42-year-old former restaurateur.
November 7, 2005 |
At a gilded moment that seems eons ago but was only mid-June, I wrote with great enthusiasm about the special election campaign then in the offing. The campaign, I observed, was bound to be a rich source of manna for famished newspaper columnists. In contented reverie, I anticipated spending the next few months snoozing in the yard "while ripe nuggets of electoral hypocrisy fall upon me from the skies, like pellets of guano." I wasn't disappointed. Who could be?
September 14, 2005 |
There's a new kind of buzz in Hollywood this week, the kind typically reserved for a guy named Oscar and his movie stars. But this time, surprisingly, it's all about television. Unlike movies, which have been in the doldrums, it's been a big year for the small screen, with viewers flocking to sexy new shows such as "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost."