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I Can’t Go On!

What’s behind stagefright?<p>Sara Solovitch, in “Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright” (Bloomsbury), says that while she was a good pianist as a child, she fell apart—sweating, trembling—when she had to play for an audience. She got through the Eastman School of Music’s preparatory …

Taylor Swift Girl Gang Entrance Exam

Taylor Swift's 1989 tour has become an essential summer stop for both fans and friends of the pop singer. Not only have her concerts played to sold out stadiums worldwide, but Swift has called on her Rolodex of famous BFFs for a series of surprise onstage cameos. Supermodels Cara Delevingne, …

Long Runs

“Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation,” “The End of the Tour,” and “Best of Enemies.”<p>How impossible can a mission be, if it is successfully completed five times? The big-screen franchise that began in 1996 has now reached “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Some …

The Startling Blast of “Rock Around the Clock,” Sixty Years Later

You’ve seen this one before: the kids are at a night club or a soda shop, or maybe in a gymnasium. They’re dancing, energetically and all smiles, to beat-heavy music. Adults are present as well—parents or teachers, usually, but they could be rich, stuffy old men in tuxedos and monocles. They are …

Buckley, Vidal, and the “Queer” Question

“Best of Enemies,” opening in select theatres on July 31st after months on the festival circuit, is an entertaining documentary about the gladiatorial debates between William F. Buckley, Jr., and Gore Vidal that ABC News staged as a way of spicing up its coverage of the 1968 Presidential nominating …

Tom Cruise: The Good Kind of Crazy

Tom Cruise, risen from the depths of his public-relations disasters of the last decade, seems to be back in full cultural favor. This past week, you could catch him engaging in today’s mass-market celebrity rite of passage: lip-sync battling alongside Jimmy Fallon on the “The Tonight Show.” Cruise, …