November 27, 2015 |
The charges were serious: A brutal assault that left a young woman bruised and fighting for her life. Testimony on the witness stand was heated, emotional, and, at times, racially charged. But the onlookers who filled the federal courtroom in Camden on Tuesday night were all smiles. Even - especially - the judge presiding over the case. Jamira Greene, a high school senior portraying defense attorney Atticus Finch in a mock trial rendering of the criminal case described in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird , urged the people sitting in the jury box to acquit.
September 2, 2015
On Finch evolution I have heard the complaints about Go Set a Watchman from friends who read (or gave up reading) the book. But so far, I like it very much - not just because Harper Lee's storytelling skills are so darn good, but also because it's an uncomfortable story ("Book offers fuller portrait of Atticus Finch," Thursday). It brought back a line of my dad's in the '60s, when he supported the Freedom Riders and my mom didn't. When I said my heroes were Jackie Robinson and the Kennedys, he said, "Good men to look up to . . . but that doesn't mean you understand what it feels like to stand up against injustice until you do it. " We'll be judged as a nation by whether we overcome racism, and after the past two summers, I'm beginning to think we won't until we all look like Tiger Woods and share his multiracial background.
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)