Foursome from Director Casey Nicholaw

A director having four Broadway shows running at the same time, if not a record, is certainly a rare achievement. With baseball season recently underway, I imagine an equivalent triumph would be a batter slugging four home runs in one game. When the new musical Tuck Everlasting opened last month, that […] Continue reading »

Bar Serves Double Despair on the Rocks

Horace and Pete, a new web series from Louis C.K., represents a novel hybrid of dramatic storytelling. As its creator and impresario, as well as writer, director and star, the multi-hyphenated Louis C.K. has carved out a new genre by drawing on cable series, multi-camera television sitcoms, and, most of […] Continue reading »

Age, Creativity, and Rothschild’s Clock

One of the Lord Rothschilds in the 19th century is reputed to have had a clock that declared “One hour nearer death” as it struck each hour. Such a clock has been an everpresent fixture in my mental drawing room, perhaps due to my father’s early death, perhaps because that’s […] Continue reading »

Luck in Poker, the Arts and Life

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” Well, maybe yes, maybe no. The debate as to what portion luck and what portion skill contribute to success expanded recently with a new book, The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of […] Continue reading »