The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

Novelist Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) is receiving some well-deserved media attention these days thanks to Anthony Minghella’s opulent Hollywood version of The Talented Mr. Ripley. The film has much to recommend it, but it sorely lacks Highsmith’s pitch-black humor and blithe amorality. Less an adaptation than a wholesale reinterpretation, Minghella’s  ...

The Sweet Hereafter

Editors note: The Winter, 1997 issue of Scenario magazine contains the complete screenplay of The Sweet Hereafter, a lengthy interview with Atom Egoyan about writing and directing the film, and an article by Russell Banks about the film. Highly recommended for insight into this contemporary literary masterpiece, the extraordinary  ...

Surrendered – David S. Ware

David S. Ware is one of the most powerful saxophonists currently working. His technique goes far beyond the sometimes-contrived overblowing of Charles Gayle or the squiggly abstractions of Sabir Mateen or Daniel Carter. He is possessed of a deep and resonant tone virtually without equal; only David Murray can  ...

Simply… Dusty – Dusty Springfield

While the singer’s fans may wait in vain for CD reissues of many of her original albums, the market is seemingly flooded with Dusty Springfield compilations. The sixties albums are largely available – and Rhino did a fine job with reissues of Dusty In Memphis and a compilation of  ...

Songs from the Last Century – George Michael

George Michael has never been prolific - three original albums and a Greatest Hits collection since the demise of Wham - but his work has always had the feel of quality about it. He enjoys the privileged position of carrying with him a loyal following who wait impatiently  ...

The Stephen Sondheim Album

Miss Gana Ottoman Exclusive to Design Within Reach. Made out of 100% recycled materials. Only 50 available. Made from unworn, overstocked flip-flop sandals. Producer Bruce Kimmel was responsible for a number of fine albums on the Varese Sarabande label. Recording  ...

Matthew Shipp Quartet – Pastoral Composure

Matthew Shipp has risen over the past eight years to become the preeminent pianist in the New York "free" or "avant" jazz scene. He has proved occasionally controversial, nearly reaching the point of physical confrontation with arch conservative critic Stanley Crouch over Crouch's public snubbing of him at a  ...

Ravelstein – Saul Bellow

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Saul Bellow at 84 has written a novel as graceful and funny as Ravelstein. But who could have predicted that he would also stir up a hornets’ nest of controversy? The character of Abe Ravelstein is based on Bellow’s late friend and colleague,  ...