October 5, 2012 |
"V/H/S" ENDS with an actual train wreck. But don't think of this as a spoiler. Consider it a warning, because the rest of the film is a train wreck as well. Realizing that horror's "found footage" gimmick has grown stale, "V/H/S" takes the next step forward by looking a few steps back. It uses a traditional anthology format, dividing its run time across multiple shorter stories that usually are connected by a thematic thread. On paper, it's a clever conceit. The framing story - which exists solely to get us to the abbreviated chapters - follows a group of destructive idiots hired by an unknown client to break into a deserted home and retrieve a VHS tape.
May 20, 2012 |
Transfer By Naomi Shihab Nye BOA Editions. 119 pp. $16 Naomi Shihab Nye is one of the most spirited voices in American poetry. The author, editor, and translator of more than 30 volumes, she is best known for her poetry collections Fuel (1998) and You and Yours (2005), and her award-winning anthology of international poems for young people This Same Sky (1992), which represents 129 poets from 68 countries. In her affirming introduction for that book, she writes, "Whenever someone suggests ‘how much is lost in translation!
October 28, 2011
D aily News sports writer Mark Kram's work again has been included in the "Best American Sports Writing" anthology. Kram's story, headlined "Life Goes On," has been selected by guest editor Jane Leavy as among the best sports stories of 2010. The piece focused on the aftermath of the death of boxer Francisco "Paco" Rodriguez following a fight at the Blue Horizon and the lives that were saved by his family's decision to donate his organs. The story has been honored multiple times, including by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors, Keystone Society of Professional Journalists, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.
June 12, 2011
By Garrison Keillor Viking. 512 pp. $20.95 Reviewed by John Timpane I read hundreds of poems like these when I was coming up. I'm grateful to them. They helped get me started loving poetry. The volume at hand joins Garrison Keillor's otheranthologies, Good Poems of 2003 and Good Poems for Hard Times of 2005. Here, Keillor fills his pages with poems in which people's lives take place against the landscapes of this country. Place, scene, where it happened , are as vibrant as any human presence.
December 20, 2010 |
"THE ANTHOLOGY of Rap" is one of the first attempts at a comprehensive examination of hip-hop, from its inception to the present day, as a poetic form. Edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois, the book (Yale University Press, $35) is epic - an 800-plus-page tome with a foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and afterwords by Chuck D and Common. Bradley, an associate English professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and DuBois, an associate professor of English at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, relied on a 21-person advisory board composed of poets, professors and MCs to aid in the book's creation.
September 3, 2010 |
Alexandre Aja's gory creature feature Piranha 3D , which has been chewing up the box office with monstrously good reviews, has an equally classy and worthy predecessor from 1978. It's finally available in the new, restored edition, Roger Corman's Cult Classics: Piranha from Shout! Factory ( www.shoutfactory.com ; $19.93 DVD; $26.97 Blu-ray; rated R). Conceived as a Jaws ripoff, the film transcended its budgetary constraints because of the team assembled by '60s low-budget king Roger Corman, including writer John Sayles and director Joe Dante.
June 10, 2010 |
Seven years ago, Natalie Merchant, longtime musician, was a brand-new mother. "I thought, 'Now I'm a mother, maybe I should do a children's album, like everyone else is doing,' " she says by phone from her home in New York State. "So I began collecting lullabies. " She started by singing into a recorder while breast-feeding. "As I raised my daughter, I felt a connection to the future, and to unbroken ways of child-rearing and care that have remained unchanged for thousands of years," she says, "and that gave me a burst of energy.
November 7, 2006 |
Get Hal Willner to talk about music, and pretty soon he'll be talking about listening to WDAS as a teenager in Bala Cynwyd. On this Saturday afternoon, Willner, the record producer renowned for daring multi-artist albums such as his new The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited, is wearing his hat as music director of Saturday Night Live. On his desk at 30 Rock, there are Cecil Taylor and Jelly Roll Morton CDs, and across his T-shirt Chuck Berry is doing the duck walk as Willner goes about the nerve-wracking task of scoring a live television show that is being rewritten as the day goes on. The traditional folk tune "Comin' Round the Mountain," Willner decides, will work best in a skit that stars host John C. Reilly as a racist tour guide in faux-colonial Williamsburg.
January 29, 2005 |
You may not know this, but Canadians created many of the inventions to which we owe modern civilization. Air hockey. Frozen fish fillets. Instant mashed potatoes. The paint roller. Yes, I know. Where would we be without them? Those sleepy, earnest, good-hearted Canadians. God bless their Galilean souls. Now comes word from up north that Margaret Atwood, Canada's foremost female novelist, is developing a remote autographing device that will allow authors to sign books for devoted readers from afar, without those awful tours writers often dread.
April 30, 2004 |
A man died in February, and even though he is gone, we are much richer than before he came. Of course, many of us felt bereaved, abandoned, full of grief when Gil Ott passed. But he was a citizen who spent his time building, placing brick on brick, firming up right relations, making new, good things that hadn't been there before. It's a stronger city because he was here; his life is, in many ways, a model, a cause for gratitude and rejoicing. First and foremost, Gil was a father and husband.