Tuesday, December 1, 2015
November 30, 2015 Issue
This week’s “Goings On About Town” (GOAT) brims with shuddery pleasures: Will Mebane’s jubilant “School of Rock” photo; Roman Muradov’s whimsical "Celebrating the Holidays" illustration; Richard Brody’s exquisite capsule review of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra (“The director’s analytical intellectualism—with an emphasis on the diplomatic maneuvers of empire-building, the tactical complexity of ancient warfare, and the psychological pressure of romance on the levers of power—is heated by the erotic passion of Antony and Cleopatra and the intense bond between Taylor and Burton, which is as entrancing in the movie’s drama as it was in life”); Andrea K. Scott’s wonderful "Seeing Stars" on Rachel Rose’s video “Everything and More” (“unfolds onscreen for eleven minutes and orbits in the mind’s eye for days”); Shauna Lyon’s ravishing "Tables For Two" on Sushi Azabu (“An epic procession begins: a square of piquant cured tuna, a small ceramic cup of velvety uni risotto, a gorgeous pair of cold kumamoto oysters topped with fresh grated wasabi—when announcing this last part, the young sushi chef, Tasuku Murakami, points to the gigantic gnarled green wasabi root displayed in a case: See? It’s very fresh”); Colin Stokes’s sublime "Bar Tab: Caledonia" [“Michael joked, as he served a creamy pint of Belhaven ale alongside a smooth and sweet Bunnahabhain Toiteach (“the ‘bh’ is a ‘v,’ ” he offered helpfully), whose aroma piqued nostrils from a tulip-shaped Glencairn glass”]. That “whose aroma piqued nostrils from a tulip-shaped Glencairn glass” is brilliant! It inspires me to propose a toast. Here’s to GOAT – my favorite part of the magazine.