Bill Marx

Book Commentary: The Three Percent Solution

July 23, 2007
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By Bill Marx Fiction in translation deserves all the notice it can get, but it doesn’t do anyone any good to patronize writers and readers by duplicating the happy talk that is turning people off of blurb-ridden book reviews in the mainstream media. My friend Chad Post, formerly at Dalkey Archive Press, has begun a…

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Book Review: Haruki Murakami’s “After Dark” — Dead Tired

July 12, 2007
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By Bill Marx In his critically acclaimed novels and stories, Japanese writer Haruki Murakami sings of the subterranean connections between software and the supernatural. After Dark (Knopf, 191 pp, $22.95) Haruki Murakami is a hip cultural diagnostician who would like to be viewed as a melancholic poet of the postmodern condition, a writer who has…

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Don Juan — Philosopher of Love

May 22, 2007
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A conversation with Douglas Carlton Abrams, author of the erotically-charged novel “The Lost Diary of Don Juan: An Account of the True Arts of Passion and the Perilous Adventure of Love.” By Bill Marx Readers looking for a retread of Errol Flynn’s antics as the infamous lover will be disappointed — though not grievously so,…

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Suzan-Lori Parks — A Play a Day Keeps the TV Away

April 18, 2007
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Bill Marx speaks with award-winning American playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Also, dancing away at the video arcade. Download Part I and Part II of this interview with Suzan-Lori Parks.

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Theater Review: Stuck on “The Coast of Utopia”

March 24, 2007
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Not every critic is inspired by British playwright Tom Stoppard’s epic, Tony award-winning trilogy about the trials and tribulations of the 19th century Russian radical Alexander Herzen. Download the podcast By Bill Marx I had high expectations for Tom Stoppard’s labor of love, but walked away from his bloated homage to the great Russian journalist…

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Visual Arts Feature: Protest Art

March 14, 2007
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Bill Marx talks with the Fogg Art Museum’s Susan Dackerman about DISSENT!, an exhibit that surveys printmaking and the history of political protest. [audio:https://artsfuse.org/podcasts/protest.mp3] DISSENT!,” an illuminating exhibition (closed) at the Harvard University Art Museums through February 25, provided some valuable insight into what it was like when protest art had some cultural clout. And…

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Book Feature: Jonathan Raban Kicks off Critical Condition

March 6, 2007
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In the first installment of “Condition Critical,” Bill Marx speaks with the author best known for his wryly written non-fiction books. By Bill Marx Welcome to the first installment of “Condition Critical.” This podcast (no longer available) kicks off the first in an ambitious effort to create intelligent and passionate cultural coverage online. To do…

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Standing in “Orson’s Shadow”

March 3, 2007
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A real life collision of legends of stage and screen that took place almost 50 years ago is a seductive, but dangerous, idea for a play.

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Arts Commentary: The Attack of the Mooninite

February 19, 2007
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Given the growing inclination, in the name of security, to regulate public expression, is it any wonder that protest art is scarce?

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Fuse Book Review: The Poetics of Surprise

February 14, 2007
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Since it is the innovators who make up the real history of the novel, Milan Kundera muses on the increasing tenuousness of this tradition of eccentric innovation. He also charts how the new arises from a collision between forgetting and remembering images of the past. The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts. By Milan Kundera.…

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