Sam Shepard Gets Even More Beckettian, and Other Culture Highlights From This Week’s ‘New York’

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In this week's summery issue of New York, Boris Kachka profiles Sam Shepard, whose Kicking a Dead Horse premieres at the Public Theater, and discovers a man who's becoming more and more like his hero Samuel Beckett, right down to the crags in his forehead. Another artist easing gently into his later years: Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who's become a director with Gunnin' For That #1 Spot. There's plenty more hip-hop in this week's issue, too, with intriguingly paired profiles of Nas and Gil Scott-Heron. The co-star of this summer's The Wackness, Olivia Thirlby, talks about why directors always want her to get stoned, and Alex McCord of The Real Housewives of New York talks about how much she likes herself. The death of George Carlin makes our timeline of televised profanity even more relevant, and the art world is cursing about Christie's moving into the gallery business. David Edelstein praises Wanted's "irresistible summer-movie allure," and Jeremy McCarter wishes that Hamlet in the Park found a little more of Shakespeare's humor. And Romany Malco is proud, very proud, of his post-hockey booty.