The less eternal question

By |2015-09-18T23:38:09-07:00April 4, 2008|Dakota, John Lennon|

Which New York Observer film critic had the more interesting Beatles mention last week? Andrew Sarris, on the Scorsese Stones doc Shine a Light:When I was teaching at the School of Visual Arts in 1965, all the students seemed to be fanatical Stones fans, listening to their songs incessantly on the cafeteria jukebox. They seemed determined to make me see how wrong I was to prefer the Beatles, as I had implied in 1964 in The Village Voice (I had raved about A Hard Day’s Night, which I designated as “the Citizen Kane of juke-box musicals”). I still like the Beatles, but [...]

The Ballad of La Fortuna

By |2014-12-26T10:24:50-08:00February 22, 2008|1980, john and yoko, John Lennon, New York City|

Back when smoking was a thing people did in cafes. ED PARK • I read the news today—oh boy: "A Beatles Haunt, Café La Fortuna, to Close Its Doors." And I thought: that's sort of sad, I guess, but par for the course really, I used to go there now and again for coffee, dessert (honestly it wasn't the best coffee, wasn't the best dessert), usually after a movie, always liked the picture of John and Yoko, I'd forget about it and then see it and then feel that little distant connection...but really nothing to be sad about, right? Then [...]

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