Why NBC Deserves Better Than Jeff Zucker, and Other Culture Highlights From This Week’s New York


Mark Harris pleads for someone, anyone, to save NBC. Emma Rosenblum chats with Zach Gifford, currently in the midst of his last season as Dillon High's quarterback on Friday Night Lights. David Edelstein reviews Fantastic Mr. Fox and Red Cliff. Logan Hill explores how Nicolas Coppola became Nic Cage, and he also talks to Tim Burton about his new exhibit at MoMA. Boris Kachka has a conversation with Mary Karr about her latest memoir, Lit. Emily Nussbaum comes to grips with her feelings about the "gleefully anti-psychological series" that is Matthew Weiner's Mad Men. Justin Davidson spends some time at the evocative exhibit Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, currently running at the Museum of the City of New York. And finally, Stephanie Zacharek details Willem Dafoe's work in Idiot Savant thusly: "If the sight of Willem Dafoe making his entrance in a Samurai topknot, multiple layered dirndl skirts, and socks held up with garters — while he’s also carrying a birdcage housing a plastic duck, by the way — isn’t enough to scare the bejesus out of you, I don’t know what is."