Dog Star / A Creative Arts Guide






Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

“Thank you for DogStarNYC, in general. The site speaks to so many kinds of interests; it discerns which qualities will appeal to many different tastes in a tremendous number of activities. I love how it encourages young people to pay attention to the unusual.

In New York we let so many teens walk around the periphery, mildly shell-shocked by life, while the information that they need to make sense of their world sits in the center of the room. DogStarNYC welcomes them into the middle of the room; the blog tells them how to walk there. ” - Stacy L.


DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

We're bumpin' to Nicki Minaj featuring Eminem – "Roman’s Revenge"

DOG STAR is a Drake fan so we have to give Nicki a chance, right?

Young Money’s First Lady Nicki Minaj invites none other than Eminem
for the futuristic track “Roman’s Revenge.”
Both artists dedicate some words to their critics over the
Swizz Beatz-produced beat. The track will appear on
Ms. Minaj’s much anticipated album Pink Friday, which is due
November 22nd.

Nicki Minaj featuring Eminem - Roman's Revenge by Hypetrak

SUMMING UP THE UPCOMING ELECTION - If you're 18 years old, please vote on November 2 / In this video a Tea Party member tries to convince a liberal why she is right and he is wrong / Watch the whole video!

TODAY! Join the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade on Sixth Avenue - Bring your camera for wild costumes and fantastic puppets!

DOG STAR has been going to the Halloween Parade for years - this is the parade's 38th year! - and it is a New York City tradition you must see.  Everyone is invited to participate and march in the parade.  You must join the line at Spring Street and Sixth Avenue in SoHo.  The parade route then steps off at 7pm and goes up Sixth Avenue to 15th Street.
This year's theme is "Memento Mori" - ways of remembering the dead such as the posada illustration above of Mexico's Day of the Dead.

Make it a group thing and grab a few friends - bring your camera for some wild costumes and then, if it's not too cold, hang out afterwards in Union Square Park and watch all the costumed ghouls and goblins run to and from their parties!

Here for the official website

Saturday, October 30, 2010

FREE! ROXY PAINE at James Cohan Gallery in Chelsea Shows Off Latest Pipe Job (Seriously, you won't want to miss this one!)

DOG STAR visited the Met roof when "maelstrom" was up there and our little cousins Maya and Andrea were visiting from North Carolina.  Now, a new show of Roxy Paine's sculptures is at James Cohan Gallery until December 11.

James Cohan Gallery is at 533 West 26th Street, open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-6pm

Top photo is"Maelstrom" on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum and the bottom is "Inversion" at the Israel Museum in 2008.

We're bumpin to RUN-DMC's "It's Tricky" to remember Jam Master Jay (murdered in his Queens recording studio on this day in 2002)

DOG STAR remembers when this song hit the airwaves and we have a soft spot for it because they played it all the time on the radio on the bus going to school.

If you only know Reverend Run from MTV's "Run's House," then watch him perform as part of his famous trio.  Also watch for a cameo appearance by famous magic team Penn & teller (they are hustling the card game) as well as the weird way the rappers get hustled at the end of the video.

Our favorite line:  "They offer us coke and lots of dope and we leave it alone."

OPENS TODAY! Discover photographer Sam Taylor-Wood at Brooklyn Museum

Sam Taylor-Wood (British, b. 1967). Ghosts VI, 2008. C-print
DOG STAR knows that landscapes can be many things:  A grassy park in the middle of the city can be a meadow in the country - if you close your eyes and run your fingers through the grass.  It takes some imagination and connection to the place, right?

Sam made this kind of personal connection to a real place that also has connections to a literary place.  The Bronte sisters lived and wrote about a certain rough and strange landscape in England called the Yorkshire Moors.  She lived there, too, and created large photos of these places.  Check it out!


October 30, 2010–August 14, 2011
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Herstory Gallery, 4th Floor
Ghosts, Sam Taylor-Wood’s 2008 photographic exploration of the Yorkshire Moors, was inspired by Emily Brontë’s classic Victorian novel Wuthering Heights, whose famously atmospheric descriptions of the bleak, wild landscape almost turn that locale into the novel’s third major character.

For many years Taylor-Wood kept a country house in the same West Yorkshire region where Emily Brontë and her literary and artistic family lived. In the ten images from the series to be shown at the Brooklyn Museum, Taylor-Wood captures the stark and haunting character of the windswept moors and gray skies surrounding Top Withens, a ruined farmhouse and the alleged setting of Wuthering Heights

Drawing inspiration from the Brontë sisters’ gothic romantic fiction, the artist followed the footpath from the stone parsonage where the Brontës lived and died up across the moors to Top Withens.

Sam Taylor-Wood: “Ghosts” is the latest exhibition in the Herstory Gallery of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, which is devoted to subjects that explore the significant contributions of the women named in Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party.

Friday, October 29, 2010

FREE! OPENS TODAY! Discover artist Robert Rauschenberg in new show at Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea - Take friends and go to the nearby High Line Park!

DOG STAR is very excited about this new free show at Gagosian Gallery - Rauschenberg is one of our favorite artists (amy and Sally like him, too!)

The video above was made to honor Robert, who died in 2008.  The video shows the exhibit called COMBINES that was on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In this show at Gagosian expect to see large and small combinations of sculpture, collage and painting.  Grab a few friends and make a trip to Chelsea and then go to the nearby High Line Park!

"Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. (I try to act in that gap between the two.)"  -Robert Rauschenberg, 1959

Here for Gagosian Gallery website!

"The thing that’s been a constant over all these years is that I believe that art is communication so that the message has to change with time… If I can possibly show to anyone that the world belongs to them, to each person, then the work is successful. And if I succeed in being a great artist, then there won’t be any need for artists any more."  - Robert Rauschenberg

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present a major exhibition of painting and sculpture by Robert Rauschenberg.

Rauschenberg stands as one of the most inventive artists in American art, arguably the first of his generation to chart a viable course out of Abstract Expressionism towards the formal integration of art and the mess of life.

His approach to making art using discarded materials, everyday objects and appropriated images eviscerated the distinctions between medium and genre, abstraction and representation, while his “flatbed picture plane” forever changed the relationship between artist, image, and viewer.

This exhibition highlights the breadth and range of Rauschenberg’s untrammeled and transformative vision and his enduring influence on subsequent generations of artists working today.

SIGN OUT by Josef Shulz

For ‘Sign Out’, photographer Josef Shulz takes various billboards and signs and reduces them to their barest visual elements – size and color. A form of visual synecdoche, it’s a remarkable look at the influence that branding has taken in our society. Kind of sinister, isn’t it?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Discover FREE exhibitions at the New York Public Library

Recollection: Thirty Years of Photography at The New York Public Library

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
September 30, 2010 - January 3, 2011
Henri Cartier-Bresson compared portraits to a visual reverberation, in which “the people come back to you like a silent echo. A photograph is a vestige of a face, a face in transit.” His definition of portraiture (appealing to themes of recall, repetition, and return) also applies  READ MORE ›
  • On Stage in Fashion

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    October 14, 2010 - January 22, 2011
    New York City's most vital and glamorous industries -- entertainment and fashion -- have been intertwined throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. This exhibition celebrates the collaborations of performers with fashion designers, who together brought contemporary clothing style to  READ MORE ›

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dia de los Muertos on Fifth Avenue THIS WEEKEND!

DOG STAR admits it:  we never heard of "Day of the Dead" until we moved to NYC.  Seeing displays of sugar mask skeleton heads with brightly decorated flowers just seemed like an odd way to celebrate Halloween.

Of course, Day of the Dead ("Dia de los Muertos") is not Halloween or even, really, related to it at all.

Uptown, on Fifth Avenue, El Museo del Barrio will sponsor an all-day celebration with mask-making, a street procession and performances.  All FREE!


It is a holiday (or festival) which is celebrated in Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, and other areas in Central and South America populated with the Latino ethnic background

The Day of the Dead is also celebrated in areas of the United States, such as California, Texas, and many others, in which the Mexican/American heritage exists.

November 2nd is the official date for Day of the Dead, although it is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd. These dates correspond with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

This correspondence results from the Catholic Church's efforts to "find similarities between the indigenous and Christian beliefs." This celebration has a complex history that has been transformed through the years.

Although this celebration is associated with the dead, it is not portrayed as a morbid or depressing time, but rather a period full of life, happiness, color, food, family, and fun. There is excitement everywhere. In many areas, outdoor markets are displayed in which they sell many symbolic goods, such as special breads, flowers, pottery, baskets, candles, paper puppets, candy skulls, etc.

The main symbols of this holiday are skulls and skeletons, which are displayed throughout the cities. Scenes of skeletons hugging, marching, dancing, and laughing are seen in window displays on the streets. Marigolds are another significant symbol for the Day of the Dead festivity, and are known as the "flower of the dead." Their scent is believed to "attract the souls and draw them back."

People celebrate this holiday in their households, as well as in the cemeteries. In their homes, between Oct. 31st and Nov. 2nd (a time called "Todos Santos"), offerings of food and drink are prepared for the dead. "Ofrendas" (offerings) are often set up in the home on an altar displaying portraits, personal goods, clothing, favorite foods, and possessions of the deceased family member.

Sometimes they are shown at the gravesites as well. On Nov. 2nd, family members visit the gravesites of their loved ones. They decorate their graves with flowers, enjoy picnics consisting of favorite foods of the deceased, and socially interact with others at the cemetery. This is an important social ritual that the Latino people see as "a way of recognizing the cycle of life and death that is human existence." In certain areas, an all-night candlelight vigil takes place by the graves of the family members.

The whole occasion is festive, and everyone talks of the dead as if they were still alive. During this time, people "remember, re-live, and enjoy."

This holiday is believed to "welcome the souls of the dead." The souls are said to return each year to enjoy the pleasures that they once had in life. They are thought to return to be with their living relatives for a few brief hours each year in this world, but come as spirits who have returned from another world. A widely held belief is that the souls of the children ("angelitos") return first, and food and gifts appropriate for their age and taste will be set out for them. 

Everything is in miniature: cups, plates, small breads, etc. The adult dead are said to return on Nov. 1st and they are given the most elaborate foods and drinks the family can afford. It is believed that the candle light, as well as the scents of the marigold flowers and the copal incense, help the returning souls find their way back. Sometimes paths of marigold petals are scattered by the family from the cemetery to the door of the house. The ghosts can find their way by following this yellow path. The ghosts (or spirits) are not usually seen, but their presence is felt.

Today, the Day of the Dead is a cherished, complex holiday celebration where death is seen as life. The common principle for this holiday is "whatever pleased the dead in life they are to have again." It is a holiday when the whole family comes together - both living and dead. This holiday festivity is believed to be a time for the departed to join the living in the celebrations of the "continuum of life."

Dancers and dance fans meet Mark Morris at Brooklyn Public Library

DOG STAR is a big fan of Mark Morris and this is a great opportunity to hear from one of America's most talented creators/talents.

Sunday, October 31, 1:30PM
Central Library, Dweck Center
Mark Morris in Conversation

Brooklyn-based choreographer Morris, director of Mark Morris Dance Group and the Mark Morris Dance Center, discusses his work with his friend, the music and dance critic, John Rockwell.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

High 5 Tix Offers Amazing One-Man Show this Weekend! "Through the Night" is an incredible performance by Daniel Beaty! Get tickets for this weekend!

DOG STAR saw this show recently and it gets a HIGHLY RECOMMEND from us in the Dog Star offices.  Here for High 5 link to Through the Night

Six characters. Three generations. One extraordinary man.

Obie Award Winner Daniel Beaty shines as writer and performer of a range of characters from hopeful, wide-eyed child to admired, elder preacher, spinning a tale where lives collide to show how hope, faith and love have the ability to pull anyone Through the Night.

Supported by some of the country’s most revered performers and respected educators, including Bill Cosby, Ruby Dee, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., Through the Night is “a thing of beauty, wit, grit and piercing lyricism” (The New York Times). Visit for more!

Thurs., Oct. 28 @ 8:00 p.m. / Fri., Oct. 29 @ 8:00 p.m. / Sat., Oct. 30 @ 3:00 p.m. / Sat., Oct. 30 @ 8:00 p.m. / Sun., Oct. 31 @ 3:00 p.m.

FREE! College-bound Juniors and Seniors Invited to Free Writing Clinics at PEN American Center in SoHo THIS SATURDAY (Did we mention it's free?)

DOG STAR knows PEN American Center and we STRONGLY urge college-bound teens to take advantage of these FREE programs.

PEN works around the world to assist writers, celebrate writers and literature and help support efforts to protect the rights of everyone to say and publish what they want.

This mission to help writers extends to young people:  free writing clinics to get you ready for college and ready for college applications!

PEN also sponsors a Summer Writing Program so watch for details next Spring (here for PEN's website).

PEN is EASY TO REACH at Broadway between Houston & Prince in SoHo!

They ask that you RSVP (let them know you are coming!)

RSVP: Stacy Leigh (212) 334-1660 x109 or

Free Writing Clinics and College Application Essay-Writing for Junior and Seniors

New York City public high school juniors and seniors, PEN invites you to FREE workshops that focus on crafting personal statements for college applications—

Saturday, October 30th
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
o An Idea Clinic. Meet one-on-one with a writing coach to brainstorm themes for your essays.
o A Draft Clinic. Bring any amount of writing—a paragraph, an outline or more—for review/advice from a writing coach.

Saturday, November 13th
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
o An Idea Clinic. Meet one-on-one with a writing coach to brainstorm themes for your essays.
o A Draft Clinic. Bring any amount of writing—a paragraph, an outline or more—for review/advice from a writing coach.
o “Writing Personal Essays: A Presentation for Students, Teachers and Parents.” Writer Tom Zoellner explains many of the “dos and don’ts” that you hear when writing college application essays.

These events provide
* Help, if you haven’t started working on college essays yet.
* Guidance, if you are currently working on a draft.
* Suggestions and encouragement for everyone.

You must RSVP—see below for contact information.
Remember to tell us which workshop(s) you plan to attend!

Location: PEN American Center, 588 Broadway, Suite 303, New York, NY
(Between Houston and Prince Streets, in SoHo)
Nearest Trains: N/R to Prince Street Station, 6 to Spring Street Station,
D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette Station
Detailed travel instructions will be emailed upon request

Watch incredible street performers in their unique version of "Dancing in the Rain from Oakland, CA

DOG LOVERS UNITE! Meet author Alexandra Horowitz at Brooklyn Public Library

DOG STAR has two Dobermans, Maximus and Achilles, so we'll be stopping by this talk to see what Alex has to say about how dogs think and engage with the world.  Boy, we could write a few books about Max and Achilles!

Saturday, October 30, 4:00PM
Central Library, Dweck Center
Alexandra Horowitz: Inside of a Dog

Cognitive scientist Horowitz reveals what dogs see, smell and know. She'll discuss how dogs can actually smell time; why some dogs joyfully retrieve tossed balls and sticks while others just stare; and most importantly, how your dog really feels about the raincoat you make him wear.

Monday, October 25, 2010

LISTEN UP! Hear "Where the Wild Things Are" by Toronto rap-duo The Airplane Boys

DOG STAR raved about the Spike Jonez film based on the Maurice Sendak book.  Now, the Airplane Boys have done a sort-of-inspired-by track with the same name.

Toronto-based rap duo The Airplane Boys have just released Where The Wild Things Are, the first single off their upcoming debut album. Drawing more than a few influences from the film and Sendak book, the single is a thumping, distorted track that’s sure to find its way onto your playlist. SoundCloud embed is below, with MP3 available here.

The Airplane Boys - Where the Wild Things Are by TheAirplaneBoys

Sunday, October 24, 2010

FREE! Teens get smart about your money and have financial freedom for many years!Learn how to manage your money

DOG STAR knows how important it is to be smart about your money.  Sometimes teens don't always know the best way to manage money - even the funds earned from a summer job or a part-time job.  Most teens we know with after-school jobs plan shopping trips with each paycheck that eats up up all their money.  Other teens go further and do save but it's to buy a Goyard bag or a pair of Louis Vuitton sneakers.  Smartest way to spend your money? 

The artist Andy Warhol once said, "Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art."  Educating yourself about money matters is called "financial literacy" and as Andy says, "good business is the best art."

The Brooklyn Public Library offers a program for teens to get smart about finances and this free series is for anybody who wants to get rich and stay that way.

Here for Growing Dollars & Sense for Teens

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Discover artist Santiago Caruso and his nightmarish mindscapes of otherworldly figures (not for the timid!)

DOG STAR thinks maybe it’s because Halloween is just around the corner, but there’s something about Buenos Aires based artist Santiago Caruso that we’re enjoying at this moment.

With his surrealist-gothic imagery, he seamlessly incorporates elements of altered-perception, sanity, and madness to explore the darker parts of what we can imagine.

Little Big Berlin

DOG STAR knows Berlin and it's an incredible city with a sprawling plan, lots of trees and plenty of little neighborhoods.  We like this video because it shows the city in a different, fresh way.

Filmmater pilpop spent 19 years living in Berlin, and he gives the city homage with this film, Little Big Berlin. Using a Sony HC9 tilt-shift lens, pilpop gives us a whole new perspective on the city, one of Europe’s most beautiful, making it somehow look even more picturesque.

Little Big Berlin from pilpop on Vimeo.

Friday, October 22, 2010

President Obama's Anti-Bullying Video Message: It Gets Better

From the Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack: Ever feel like love is a little hard to take sometimes? Discover "Fistful of Love" by Antony & The Johnsons

DOG STAR knows some of our devoted readers have gone through some heartbreak - who hasn't?  We want to include this song on our Imaginary Dog Star Soundtrack to express the ways we go on loving that person even when the loving is hard and the living is harder.

Here for Antony & The Johnsons website


I was lying in my bed last night staring
At a ceiling full of stars
When it suddenly hit me
I just have to let you know how I feel

We live together in a photograph of time
I look into your eyes
And the seas open up to me
I tell you I love you
And I always will
And I know you can't tell me
I know you can't tell me
So I'm left to pick up
The hints, the little symbols of your devotion
So I'm left to pick up
The hints, the little symbols of your devotion
And I feel your fists
And I know it's out of love
And I feel the whip
And I know it's out of love
And I feel your burning eyes burning holes
Straight through my heart
It's out of love
It's out of love
I accept and I collect upon my body
The memories of your devotion
I accept and I collect upon by body
The memories of your devotion
And I feel your fists
And I know it's out of love
And I feel the whip
And I know it's out of love
And I feel your burning eyes burning holes
Straight through my heart
It's out of love, ooh hoo
It's out of love
Give me a little bit serious love
Give me a little full love
Be full of love
Fists, fists, fists full of love...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

DON'T PUSH THAT BUTTON JUST YET! After this you may just want to check the sign on the lamp post!

DOG STAR wonders why we don't see more of this kind of thing around New York City.  It's so easy to walk by the same street landscape and not notice what we see everyday.  These kinds of art projects force us to notice and open our eyes to our environment.

The original sign as seen above was created by artist Jason Eppink, and placed around the Los Angeles area. Inspired by this creativity, Ryan Laughlin created more and claims to have put around 40 up in the New Haven, CT area. Laughlin encourages others to print off copies of his signs and “…put ‘em up in your own hometown, if you like”.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

FREE! Hear about the life and legacy of NYC writer James Baldwin

DOG STAR places James Baldwin on our list of Top Ten favorite writers (others include Mark Twain, Toni Morrison and Walt Whitman) and this is a great chance to find out more about him.

Baldwin grew up in Harlem and lived most of adult life in Europe.  He died in 1987 in St. Paul de Vence, a small village in the south of France.

We often recommend his novels to teens including Another Country, If Beale Street Could Talk and Giovanni's Room.  If you're seeking some reading alternatives to Harry Potter and Twilight then you'll want to try these very adult novels with intense characters and complex emotional lives.

Dweck Center is a beautiful, modern auditorium in the basement of the Brooklyn Public library's main building at Grand Army Plaza (easy to reach on 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza).

Here for more on James Baldwin

Saturday, October 23, 4:00PM
Click here for Central Library, Dweck Center
James Baldwin: An Exile's Vision

Join us for an expert-led discussion of Baldwin's first novel, the semi-autobiographical Go Tell it On the Mountain. Guiding the discussion is Colin Channer, Newhouse Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Wellesley College. Channer, who is originally from Jamaica, is the author of the novels Waiting in Vain, Satisfy My Soul, and The Girl with the Golden Shoes. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the annual Calabash International Literary Festival.

Monday, October 18, 2010

MADE YOU LOOK! Discover Lyle Owerko's photos of old-school boombox in this FREE show at Clic Gallery

DOG STAR knows hip hop and street art fans will run to this new show at Clic Gallery.  Boombox fans will also want to see these incredible, very large format photos of pure lifestyle in the age before iPods and MP3 players.  Carrying a boombox meant you had a certain control over your own music that others did not have so they followed you around.  Now, of course, everybody has control over their own playlists but "back in the day" it was the boombox that reigned supreme!

Clic Gallery is proud to present the world debut of photoseries THE BOOMBOX by LYLE OWERKO. The exhibit will run from October 5 to December 5, 2010.

While in Tokyo in 2001, photographer Lyle Owerko found a mint late-seventies Victor JVC at an outdoor market. Having already been a collector, his hunt began for more rare and obscure models. Beloved by rappers, b-boys, dancers, political protestors, and punks, a siren call to gather and dance, the boombox reminds us of when music was a collective experience and the street was a club. 

Owerko spent years collecting and photographing a remarkable set of vintage boomboxes, resulting in an arresting, unexpected photoseries of these cult objects.

Here for Lyle Owerko website

Here for Clic Gallery

The 70 Best Hip Hop Music Videos Ever: A Retrospective from 1985-2008

DOG STAR discovered this list on another blog and know you'll want to check it out!

Here for link to videos

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dog Star Flick Pick: Skip Hollywood Silly Stuff and Go See "Carlos" - True tale of real-life terrorist Carlos the Jackal

DOG STAR knows you're looking for a GREAT movie.  So, let's say you've already seen "Wall Street 2" and "The Social Network."  What else is there?

A new film by French director Olivier Assayas is for action fans who want a true story that mixes "Bourne Ultimatum" with "Munich."

It was originally shown on French television as a mini-series and is now a 5-hour film in theaters.  It's worth it, really!

"Carlos" is playing in Manhattan - check here

The son of an affluent Marxist lawyer, Carlos was raised in Venezuela and studied in both London and Moscow before he found a cause: Palestinian liberation. That conflict might seem distant from Latin America, but it was fashionable with the international left in the early '70s. At various times, Carlos' allies included German, French and even Japanese zealots.
Zipping between London and Paris and Beirut and Damascus, Carlos is promoted from random attacks to a major operation: the kidnapping of the oil ministers who attend a 1975 OPEC conference. It's the beginning of the Jackal's notoriety, but the end of his radical purity: Unable to complete the mission, he settles for collecting a ransom and is banished by his handler. From here on out, he'll have to go freelance.