April 20, 2015
* GAME OF THRONES . 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. Where's Arya? The younger of the two Stark daughters (Maisie Williams) wasn't in last week's Season 5 premiere, but she's far from forgotten. This weekend, she finally gets off the boat she boarded in last year's finale. * ORPHAN BLACK . 9 p.m. Saturday, BBC America. The storytelling's twistier than ever, and as Season 3 opens Tatiana Maslany continues to dazzle in multiple roles. I might be willing to watch an entire show about her soccer mom clone, Alison (below right, with Kristian Bruun)
February 6, 2015 |
Seeing the movie based on her graphic novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl , premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last week was an experience Phoebe Gloeckner will never forget. It's also one she doesn't entirely remember. Gloeckner, 54 and Philadelphia-raised, recalled a few days later that "it was almost like standing by the railroad tracks and watching a really long train whiz by. You know it's a train, but after it's gone, you can't remember any of the particular cars. " Published in 2002, her book is a hybrid that mixes prose and comics to tell the story of a sexually curious young woman named Minnie Goetze growing up in the libertine San Francisco of the mid-1970s.
December 1, 2014 |
Last spring, when my wife Gretta and I began planning a trip to Paris to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in September, we knew this would probably be our only opportunity to realize a dream Gretta had nurtured for years: to make a pilgrimage to the countryside where her father, William, had fought in World War I. William arrived in France in spring 1918. From then on, until his return to the United States in 1919, he kept a diary. He was with the Army as a machine-gunner in the 28th Division.
January 14, 2014 |
On the way to his execution, William Johnson was paraded through camp to a large open field where 10,000 Union soldiers waited. This was a warning to them. Desert, as Johnson did, and suffer the same fate. "Saw man ride by in a wagon," Capt. Charles Hall of the Fourth New Jersey Volunteers wrote on Dec. 13, 1861. "Preceeded by his coffin & the 12 men that were detailed to shoot him. " Eight men fired, and when Johnson still showed signs of life, four more opened up. "Heard the Report & then marched round & saw the dead man lying on ground," Hall, of Palmyra, wrote.
September 6, 2013 |
Q: I've been happily married for 20 years and we have two wonderful kids. Recently, I made an awful discovery. I was cleaning out the attic and came across an old box of my wife's stuff from before we met. Looking through it, I discovered a diary that she had kept of an affair she was having with an older, married man. That man is now my boss! My wife never mentioned this, and now I am obsessed with it. I feel guilty having looked at her diary, but I really want to ask her about it. This has affected how I feel at work.
June 14, 2013 |
WILMINGTON - His garden stroll with Adolf Hitler left Alfred Rosenberg invigorated. Rosenberg was already one of the most notorious and powerful Nazis, chief architect of ethnic cleansing policies and the man responsible for plundering billions of dollars of art from European Jews. At the meeting in April 1941, Hitler spoke of a larger role. "Your hour has come," he said, according to an account Rosenberg scrawled in his diary. For nearly 70 years, the infamous diary, an unprecedented insider's glimpse of the Third Reich, was lost or hidden.
May 28, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Central Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Davis did get to read the diary - but not until nearly 70 years later, when she saw it in a display case at the National World War II Museum. "I didn't have any idea there was a diary in there," said the 90-year-old Mooresville, Ind., woman.
March 29, 2013 |
Learn about the world from a bug's perspective Saturday at Walnut Street Theatre for Kids' production of Doreen Cronin's book Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly . Go inside the creatures' world as they learn to overcome the same challenges that humans experience. Will Worm learn to stand on his own two feet even though he doesn't have any? Will Fly find her superhero powers in time to save her Aunt Rita? Is Spider too big and ready to shed his skin? Experience many teachable moments, including that all kinds of superheroes are important.
February 19, 2013 |
All season, I've been mourning the loss of the Barrymore Awards and their formal recognition of this region's theatrical excellence. So, in their memory (and in this production's delusional spirit), I nominate Quintessence Theatre Group's The Diary of a Madman , an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's satirical short story, in whatever categories it would have qualified: best actor, director, production, music, actress. Whatever. This isn't a perfect production, and we'll get to that, but it is brave, bold, and affecting, with a central performance (in a two-person cast, sort of)
January 25, 2013 |
In a stunner, In Touch says Kris Jenner abused her kids when they were little. The mag claims it has a diary belonging to Kris' late ex-husband, Robert Kardashian Sr. , detailing instances of abuse. "Kris was kicking and beating" daughter Kim and "said she was going to kill her," the mag claims Robert wrote in an entry from 1980, when Kim was 8. "Kim was hysterical. " The diary alleges the Kardashian kabal matriarch neglected the kids while she was off gallivanting with her lover, a young soccer player named Todd Waterman : "She doesn't leave a number in case of emergency.