July 23, 2015
INDULGE ME. I need a few midsummer mini-rants on current noise in politics and culture. Take President Obama's ongoing evolution. Elected in 2008 on the promise of "change" (basically a fill-in-the-blank) and the prospect of a postracial America, he finally sounds like the first black president. In a recent eulogy in South Carolina, a speech in Philly and a visit to a prison, Obama brought national notice to racial issues in ways far more focused than his White House "beer summit" six years ago. If memory serves, that elbow-bending among arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, arresting officer James Crowley, Joe Biden and Obama served mostly to annoy Mothers Against Drunk Driving and American brewers whose products weren't imbibed.
July 17, 2015
ISSUE | IRAN DEAL Seeds of peace Whatever the outcome, what does seem sure about the Iran nuclear arms agreement is that maintaining the status quo and expecting a different outcome - a non-nuclear Iran - would have been a triumph of hope over experience ("Deal worth the effort," July 15). While the deal is not optimal from the United States' perspective, neither is it a total capitulation. At least for 10 to 15 years, the Iranian effort to develop nuclear arms will be halted.
July 16, 2015 |
For months, millions of literature lovers waited anxiously for the 55-years-in-the-making release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman , sequel to her Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird , in which white lawyer Atticus Finch defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in a story told by Finch's young daughter, Scout. Upon release of the first chapter of Watchman on Friday and the full book on Tuesday, however, many fans were devastated to find that Finch turned out to be a racist.
July 13, 2015 |
In the biggest storm of anticipation in years, hearts are racing and breaths held throughout the literary world. As Monday turns over into Tuesday, publisher HarperCollins will release Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. She is the author, now 89, of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird , perhaps the most successful U.S. novel ever (40 million-plus sold). She has written no other novels since. She wrote Watchman first, but it postdates the events in Mockingbird (1950s as opposed to Mockingbird 's late 1930s)
February 5, 2015 |
Harper Lee, author of the beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird , was the number-one nonsponsored Twitter trend Tuesday in Philadelphia, and top 5 around the nation. It's not every day you see that. A classic author? Killing it on social media? There's a reason. On Tuesday, publisher HarperCollins announced it would publish Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman , a sequel to Mockingbird , on July 14. Big news to the millions who have read the book or seen the 1962 film version.
April 20, 2013
By Nicolaus Mills Like a number of faculty at my college, I have been reading the folders of students we have admitted and e-mailing those who have expressed an interest in the fields I teach - writing and literature - to see if they have questions I can answer. It's an important undertaking. Colleges like mine naturally want to admit the best students they can, but equally important is making sure students who seem like the right fit are just that. The more contact prospective students have with faculty and upperclassmen at the college they are considering, the better it is for everyone.
September 24, 2012 |
He was the ultimate lawyer role model, a valiant fighter for human rights who battled against steep odds. The fondest hope of many young lawyers a generation ago was to be like the dashing Gregory Peck as he played Atticus Finch in the film To Kill a Mockingbird . Such was the case for Michael Fitts, dean of the University of Pennsylvania law school, who saw Finch as the embodiment of lawyerly ideals. To Fitts, Finch was a lawyer of incomparable decency, courage, and sure-handedness, as fine a lawyer prototype as you might want.
January 30, 2012
GET LOST IN THE WOODS "Camp Woods Plus," a monthly comedy showcase hosted by seven-member local sketch-comedy group Camp Woods, hosts its second edition at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at L'Etage (6th and Bainbridge, 215-592-0656). Tix are $10. Also performing, Secret Pants (of the 2008 viral-video hit "Bush or Batman?") and New York's Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting. SAINT SUZZY Suzzy Roche, member of beloved singing sisters group the Roches and newly minted novelist, talks about her debut book, Wayward Saints, with WXPN DJ David Dye, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Central Branch Library (1901 Vine St., 215-567-4341)
January 19, 2012 |
THE SOUTH JERSEY man who allegedly was recorded on a cellphone camera ruthlessly beating a New York Rangers fan at Geno's Steaks was taken back into custody yesterday morning after a Philadelphia judge raised his bail at the request of the District Attorney's Office. Hours later, the defendant's family posted the new bail and took him home, according to his attorney. Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick increased Dennis Veteri's $100,000 bail to $400,000 after Assistant District Attorney Caroline Keating-McGlynn argued that he was a flight risk because of an extensive criminal history.
June 12, 2011
1. c. Peru. 2. b. Belloq. 3. d. The Ark of the Covenant. 4. a. Karen Allen. 5. b. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. 6. c. River Phoenix. 7. d. Gimli. 8. True. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won four, in addition to a special award for sound-effects editing, but it was not named best picture. 9. a. "Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?" 10. b. Atticus Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird.