Michael O'Brien

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Why the French are Fighting Over Work Hours

It’s telling that in France, where several stores are fighting an order requiring them to close on Sundays, retail employees showed up at work last month wearing T-shirts that read, “<i>YES WEEK END</i>.” It was a play on Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan, and a symbol of the fact that some in …

Festival Dispatch: Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig

Shortly after ten o’clock on Saturday night, Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, of “Frances Ha” fame, talked with the staff writer Ian Parker at the SVA Theatre, on Twenty-third Street, as part of the New Yorker Festival. Gerwig wore a kimono-like dress with an egret print; Baumbach wore a jacket, a …

Fear of Sex in Fiction: The New Shyness

<i>Sir Ian Dunham interviews the novelist Allan Gurganus about his new book, “Local Souls.”</i><p><b>Dunham</b>: Your just-published collection of novellas, “Local Souls,” has been compared to John Cheever’s randiest suburbia, to Humbert Humbert’s bedtime stories for an underage “Lolita,” and to Grace Metalious’s …

Michelangelo Antonioni’s “I Vinti”

In September, 1952, a man identified only as Monsieur I. brought suit to demand that the French government seize a film then in production. The movie was called “Sans Amour” (“Without Love”), comprising three parts, all based on true stories, one of which was the notorious “affair of the J-3 of …

Why unsuccessful writers give the best advice

If you want to know what writing’s like for most people, don’t ask a star. Talk to the midlevel sloggers<p>If you want to become a writer, whom should you ask for advice?<p>The obvious answer is, "a famous writer." To succeed, go to someone who has succeeded. Thus, the Atlantic recently posted a video …

Right-wing coup: Deluded secessionists have already won

Conservative secessionists want their own country? Their agenda already rules, even though a majority opposes it<p>Thanks to a confluence of three events, the S-word -- secession -- is once again in the air. In Washington, new questions are emerging about whether the United States can function as a …

Patrice Chéreau, l'intransigeant

Il avait reçu Catherine Schwaab en mai 2003 durant l’ultime représentation de sa « Phèdre », sur fond d’alexandrins qui envahissaient la conversation …

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