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A nostalgic and deeply emotional tale, My Golden Days is Arnaud Desplechin’s second film about Paul Dedalus. Very loosely based on the filmmaker himself (his name is a nod to James Joyce’s alter ego in Ulysses), Dedalus is played here by two actors, longtime Desplechin collaborator Mathieu Amalric as a middle-aged man looking back on his youth, in three scenes that frame the adolescent action, and Quentin Dolmaire as the young Paul. In an...
For many in the book world, the release of publisher Lee & Low’s first ever diversity in publishing survey in January 2016 offered no surprises. Publishing is overwhelmingly white (79 percent), straight (88 percent), able bodied (92 percent), and female (78 percent). In high school my friend Herbert would call these women, of whose ranks I am now a member, the white girl mafia. It was not a compliment. Unmeasured in the survey is class, but...
The sudden resignation of the NYPD chief of department Philip Banks III last Friday sent shockwaves through the department and city government. First Lady Chirlane McCray was quoted in the New York Post saying, "I told you we can't trust him!"—purportedly in reference to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who was appointed to his position over her first choice, Banks. As they watch the resignation of the second top-ranking NYPD official of color in as...
If you're not familiar with the Metropolitan Diary feature in the New York Times, you really should get familiar. It's hilarious, usually. Frequently full of bad poetry and the kind of "only in New York" anecdote that would be more suited for a Family Circus cartoon than the paper of record, it's harmless enough and allows many people to brag to their grandchildren on Facebook that they have a byline in the Times. Sometimes, though, sometimes we read something...

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