November 6, 2015 |
T HE ECONOMIST magazine conducted research recently on James Bond films, with shocking results. Turns out Pierce Brosnan's Bond, widely regarded by purists as the dandy of 007s - the pretty one - killed more people and bedded more women per movie than any rival James. More than craggy Daniel Craig, who surpasses Brosnan in just one key category - downing martinis. I guess finishing second to Brosnan at the gun range and in the sack will drive a double-0 to drink. Which raises a question: When he's not performing the essential functions of boinking and killing, exactly what is franchisee Craig doing during his interminably long movies?
October 19, 2015 |
Some writers stick to one genre: mysteries or illustrations or scripts. Margaret Atwood has no such boundaries. At 75, she has produced poetry, comic strips, and children's books. She had a cameo in the fitness app Zombies, Run! and is working on a graphic-novel version of her epic The Handmaid's Tale . (A stage version is running at West Philadelphia's Curio Theatre.) She has published on several online sites, including Medium, Byliner, and Wattpad. In May, she used the Periscope app to let viewers worldwide watch as, in the middle of Oslo's Nordmarka forest, she handed over her story Scribbler Moon to be included in the Future Library, a group of texts not to be published for 100 years.
October 5, 2015
In a Sunday book review, the book Billion-Dollar Ball by Gil Gaul was mislabeled in some editions. It is a work of nonfiction.
March 26, 2015 |
If you're trying to measure an artist's notability, one gauge is whether his or her work is owned by a major institution such as, say, the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Yet, of the 50 or so notable artists featured in the museum's exhibition "Represent: 200 Years of African American Art," only five or six have comprehensive entries on Wikipedia, a site that has become, for many, the de facto first stop for information on almost any topic....
June 28, 2014 |
When the full membership of New Edition decide to reconvene for a new album and summer tour, it's a reunion worth celebrating. Despite branching off onto successful solo tracks - most famously Bobby Brown, with Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, and collaborations such as Bell Biv DeVoe and Heads of State (Brown, Gill, Tresvant) - the whole is always more dynamic than the parts. "Six individuals bringing six different levels of success outside of New Edition is good," Ronnie DeVoe said.
June 10, 2014 |
A short list of references that date Eric Bogosian's 1990 Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll includes Phil Donahue, Dan Quayle, NutraSweet, famine in Ethiopia, and talk of microwave ovens as something new. Only the mention of Vanna White retains any cultural currency. And yet Plays and Players' fun, engaging production uses the 80-minute piece as a continuing indictment of consumerism and hypocrisy that dates the work in a much different fashion. Bogosian's hyper-masculine one-man show originally contained 15 male characters.
May 9, 2014 |
J ET MAGAZINE, which first hit newsstands in 1951 to cover issues impacting African-Americans, is ceasing regular print publication and going all digital. Johnson Publishing, which owns both Jet and Ebony , says the switch will occur at the end of next month. The Chicago-based company says the move is a proactive effort to adapt to its readers' growing desires for quicker and easier access to information. Jet , conceived by Johnson Publishing founder John Johnson , publishes every three weeks, but will soon be able to update every three seconds.
April 14, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin is not a patient person. Since arriving at Penn State 3 months ago, Franklin has made an impact and built relationships with his new team, on the recruiting trail and in town. He has certainly kept himself occupied, but that doesn't mean the coach wasn't getting antsy for the calendar to flip to today. Penn State will host its annual spring scrimmage, the Blue-White Game, at 1:30 p.m., giving Franklin his first taste of live football inside Beaver Stadium and fans their primary chance to see what direction the former Vanderbilt head coach and his new staff have the Nittany Lions headed.