Category Archives: Documentary

Fritz the Cat

“Fritz the Cat is a comic strip created by Robert Crumb. Set in a ‘supercity’ of anthropomorphic animals, the strip focused on Fritz, a feline con artist who frequently went on wild adventures that sometimes involved sexual escapades. Crumb began … Continue reading

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The Prevalence of Ritual: On Romare Bearden’s Projections

The Street, 1964. Photostat on fiberboard, 31 x 40 in. “On October 6, 1964, at the height of the American civil rights movement, fifty-three-year-old Romare Bearden, a mature artist with a moderately successful career as a painter behind him, debuted nearly … Continue reading

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Renaissance of the Upper West Side – Nicholas Pileggi

“Five years ago the West Side of Manhattan was considered such a dangerously blighted area that invitations to parties on Riverside Drive were often rejected, large rent-controlled apartments were voluntarily given up and even Chicken Delight wouldn’t deliver. Today, while … Continue reading

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For All Mankind – Al Reinert

“In the ‘America in the 60’s’ montage that used to play in my head when someone mentioned the era, the moon landing got about five seconds. And you know exactly what five seconds they were; the blurry television feed we’ve … Continue reading

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The Great White Hope – Pete Hamill (June 23, 1969)

 Joe Frazier/Jerry Quarry “In the ski lodge at Grossinger’s, a tall, lanky sparring partner named Alan Boursse played listlessly with a speed bag. He slapped it gently, listening to the sound echoing around the room, then ripped off a barrage … Continue reading

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‘Ramparts’, the muck-racking San Francisco magazine that helped spawn ‘Rolling Stone’

“The 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine has arrived, and not without fanfare. Joe Hagan’s biography of co-founder Jann Wenner appeared in October to stellar reviews, and earlier this month, HBO aired Alex Gibney’s documentary film about the magazine’s history. … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Cinema in Order to Reveal It

“ONE Sunday last month, I visited the avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs and his wife, Flo, in the top-floor loft they rent on Chambers Street in Manhattan. The plan was for Mr. Jacobs to show some work he will present during … Continue reading

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