Harold Lloyd (center) in ‘Girl Shy’ (1924)

The Laughs on Us

What used to make Americans smile, and still does

Dec 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13 • By PETER TONGUETTE



General mess on the George H. W. Bush (2014)

Fog Minus Grog

A bilious Briton on board the Bush

Oct 20, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 06


Verdict on ‘Doonesbury’

Dated, dull, and reliably predictable.

Jun 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37

Rock Hudson, Julie Andrews in ‘Darling Lili’ (1970)

Must the Show Go On?

A postscript to the golden age of movie musicals.

Apr 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

President Obama and Led Zeppelin (2012)

Slighting Downhill

From highbrow to lowbrow, in black tie.

Jan 20, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 18

‘Saying Grace’ (1951)

‘Post’ Modernist

The overinterpretation of a great American illustrator.

Dec 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12

George Balanchine, Allegra Kent, 1958

Mystery Partner

In search of an early Balanchine ‘muse.’

Sep 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 04

Tippi Hedren

Feathered Fiends

That which does not scare us can make us laugh.

Jul 8, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 41

Janet Malcom

One Writer’s Bloc

Sometimes Janet Malcolm gets it right, and sometimes not.

Jun 3, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 36

David Shields

Books of Hours

One man’s meat is another man’s stuffing.

Feb 11, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 21

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