June 5, 1998
As President Clinton's personal lawyer, I have been silent in the face of many provocations, but Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr's speech Monday to a group of North Carolina lawyers is too much. Starr tried to co-opt Atticus Finch, fearless defender of the accused, in "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee's 1960 novel. Perhaps I should have spoken out earlier, when the independent counsel tried to claim the mantle of Jack Webb, star of the TV program "Dragnet," who would ask for "just the facts.
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.
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.
July 16, 2003 |
Chester County Judge Juan R. Sanchez more or less threw the book at a defendant yesterday. Its title: To Kill a Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. William Fowlkes, 46, of West Chester, was accused of spitting at a police officer, among other things. In issuing his sentence, Sanchez said he hoped Fowlkes would appreciate the vile nature of his action by viewing it through the eyes of Atticus Finch, the white lawyer in a racist town who defends a black man falsely accused of rape.
June 16, 2003 |
On the same day, David Brinkley and Gregory Peck gone. It seemed sadly fitting in a way. They shared something; something unmistakable. They shared credibility and authority. When they spoke, people believed them, trusted them. And there was something much deeper, an instinctive feeling that they possessed an inherent decency. Despite vast popularity (a 1965 consumer survey revealed that Brinkley and partner Chet Huntley were more widely recognized than John Wayne and the Beatles)
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 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.
June 24, 1999
The potent spell cast when light passes through celluloid can often mislead. The swashbuckling hero is in real life an addicted cad. The sweet ingenue turns out, off screen, to be neither. How delightful then are the occasions when you discover that an appealing screen persona points to an equally admirable person. It makes you feel like handing out an award. So Philadelphia is. This year the city's Marian Anderson Award, honoring artistic achievement yoked to humanitarian effort, goes to actor Gregory Peck.
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)
August 7, 2009 |
Singer/bassist Shingai Shoniwa makes alt-garage-soul with Dan Smith and Jamie Morrison, and that's the Noisettes. And many might find that her most riveting quality. Some point to her songwriting on the trio's 2007 debut, What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?, and this year's Wild Young Hearts and immediately recognize its compelling diversity. Most take note of the young British woman's approximation of Eartha Kitt's purr and Polly Styrene's cackle. Yet, on this afternoon, what's noticeable about the boisterous Shoniwa is her laugh.