Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Looseleaf Report’s Musings on the Decade, Including the Best, the Worst, and Those Anointed into Our Hall of Shame

Obama, Election night, November 4, 2008, Havana, Cuba. Photo by Victoria Looseleaf. By Victoria Looseleaf Because this would be an encyclopedia of egregious deeds if I included the horrendousness of 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, the Bush brigade, and all … Continue reading

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A Love Letter to–and from–Amsterdam (With a Shout-Out from Den Haag)

Houseboats on the Prinsengracht, Amsterdam. Photo by Victoria Looseleaf. By Victoria Looseleaf Ah, Amsterdam, thy name is freedom, beauty and culture, with your denizens, the hearty and wonderful Dutch folk, making it all possible. Freedom, of course, includes the many … Continue reading

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Tori Amos Puts Her Own Spin on the Season

As part of the music magazine’s SpinHouse Live series, Tori Amos gives an intimate concert at the Spin offices in Lower Manhattan. Photo by Ben Rowland. By Mary Lyn Maiscott Under black chandeliers, Tori Amos, her long hair nearly as … Continue reading

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Connubial War, Not Much Peace

Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) enjoys a rare light moment with his wife, Sofya (Helen Mirren). The Last StationWritten and directed by Michael HoffmanStarring Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, and Paul Giamatti By Mary Lyn Maiscott Some movies appear to … Continue reading

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