March 5, 2010 |
The governor made off to a monastery after having affairs with transsexuals, but not before the cops videotaped a tryst, all flesh and white powder, and offered to sell copies to a magazine owned by the prime minister, who, at the time, was rumored to be entangled with an underage Neapolitan model. Then one of the transsexuals, a Brazilian named Brenda, turned up naked and dead, her laptop computer submerged under a running tap. Oh, yeah, and the drug dealer who supplied cocaine to the governor and Brenda would meet his own demise.
June 1, 2008 |
This one calls to me from behind the glass at patissier Pierre Herme's thronged Paris shop on the Rue Bonaparte. It's a study in elegant, precise strata: layers of hazelnut dacquoise; crunchy praline mixed with crushed hazelnuts, Piemontese hazelnut paste and La Viette butter; and chocolate ganache and milk chocolate Chantilly cream sandwiched between fine sheaves of chocolate. One of Herme's classics, it's an over-the-top dessert aptly named "plaisir sucre." Which is exactly why I've come to Paris--for all of its plaisirs sucres, or sweet pleasures.
April 3, 2008 |
The husband of Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) told authorities that he used the Internet to arrange a $150 sexual tryst with a prostitute at a metropolitan Detroit hotel, police said. Thomas Athans, 46, co-founder of the liberal TalkUSA Radio network, was stopped by police who were investigating prostitution at the hotel, according to a police report. Athans issued an apology.
March 21, 2008 |
Gov. David A. Paterson said Thursday that he never used campaign money to pay for a Manhattan hotel room for a liaison with a woman other than his wife. "I can tell you affirmatively that I never used my campaign funds for anything other than campaigns," Paterson said, speaking in Rochester. He added that the campaign's lawyer was reviewing records for potential discrepancies and that a report would be forthcoming.
March 7, 2008 |
"Married Life" turns out to be as indefinable as the condition it's named for, not to mention as variable. What starts as a dark comedy that plays like a film noir, or a film noir that plays as a dark comedy, detours into a melodramatic comedy of manners and ends up confused. Maybe this was what director Ira Sachs, whose "Forty Shades of Blue" won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2005, was going for in tossing together genres like salad greens, but they never gel into a consistent point of view.
November 18, 2007 |
Change is hard, as Meredith Grey has observed more than once in the signature voice-over of "Grey's Anatomy." After the show's strange slide into bathos last season, everyone involved, including show runner Shonda Rhimes and pinup star Patrick Dempsey, acknowledged a certain creative downturn, a gloomy earnestness, that would, they swore, be rectified. "We're bringing the fun back," Rhimes said. Indeed, the first episode of Season 4 was entitled "A Change Is Gonna Come."