‘Ultra City Smiths’ Review: New York Neo-Noir with Plastic Dolls

If you’re looking for something different on TV, an exotic flower among endless rows of spider plants, writer and director Steven Conrad offers an interesting case. Previous series, dark-comic pastiches spy thriller (“Patriot”) and the contemporary western (“Perpetual Grace Ltd.”) were no strangers, both for being faithful to their sources and for the many high-concept …

A City Walk Novel Pays homage to the Flâneurs of the Past

TO WALK ALONE IN A Crowdby Antonio Muñoz MolinaTranslated by Guillermo Bleichmar The flâneur is literature’s slowest radical. A writer goes around, looks at things, writes about them. Our lives are busy with activities, but the flâneur is just watching. Our stories are full of plot and characters, but flanker argues that paying attention is …