November 20, 2000 |
Why did Franz Ferdinand go to Sarajevo on June 28, 1914? His uncle, Franz Josef, head of the Austro-Hungarian empire, thought it was a bad idea. The mayor of Sarajevo and the head of the Bosnian army said: Stay home. He was crazy to go. His uncle's empire ruled Yugoslavia, where unrest was stroked on by the terrorist group terrifyingly nicknamed The Black Hand. June 28 was Vidovdan, celebration of the Turkish defeat of the Serbs at the Field of Blackbirds in 1386. Serbs celebrate that pulverizing defeat as an emblem of their defiant persistence.
October 15, 2005
We must win in Iraq It is somewhat ironic that Trudy Rubin's Oct. 9 column in Currents ("Iraq details we didn't hear about in speech") was placed next to Jonathan V. Last's ("Rule America?") on how the "liberal elites ruined Britain. " The contrast is telling. The left, which constantly criticizes the President and wants to cut and run when world leadership gets difficult, seems to be going down the same path here as it did in England. Rather than emphasizing the things that, in her mind, the President did not say, it would have been more constructive for Rubin to explore the main message of his talk and the consequences of failure in Iraq.
December 22, 2010 |
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Mission Inn is the Winter Palace of Southern California. The 107-year-old hotel in Riverside is decked out in 3.5 million holiday lights, with fireworks set off over its cupolas built to resemble the Spanish missions'. Crowds throng the halls, passing the suite-turned-bar where Teddy Roosevelt slept and Richard Nixon was married. They tour the chapel where actress Bette Davis was married, the arches under which famed scientist Albert Einstein strolled and the hallways where then-actor Ronald Reagan spent the first honeymoon night of his second marriage.
October 7, 2012
From the Ruins of Empire The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia By Pankaj Mishra Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 368 pp. $27. Reviewed by Madhusree Mukerjee 'The minstrel, and the music, and the melody have all changed," lamented poet Akbar Illahabadi after the crushing of India's 1857 rebellion against the British East India Company. The last of the Mughal emperors was gone, his sons dead, their dazzling capital of Delhi razed. Nature herself had been transformed: "Another kind of rain falls from the sky; another kind of grain grows in the fields.
October 11, 1990 |
The American premiere of a 19th-century Russian comedy may, for that reason alone, draw a number of the curious to the Walnut between now and Nov. 11. It may not be reason enough. I found Alexander Ostrovsky's "A Family Affair," which last night opened the Walnut's subscription season, overlong, overglib and overwrought, though I wondered if it wasn't just possible that these are some of the very things it was intended to be, considering that the institution on the skewer is the bourgeoisie.
June 2, 1993 |
QUOTE "All we see is sluts, crap and junk. There's a great deal more variety than a guy who thinks he's a lesbian struggling to get out of his body or something. " - Chevy Chase, on why there's room for his TV chatfest, airing this fall on Fox OPRAH'S WEDDING NOTHING BUT TALK? It's June, and that means Oprah Winfrey has only seven months to go if she wants to make good on her pledge to get married this year. Fiance Stedman Graham has been overheard in Chicago telling buddies that no date has been set, that when the time feels right, the couple will just up and jump the broom.
July 22, 1992 |
Lawrence Shubert Lawrence Jr., 76, former steward of his uncles' Shubert theatrical empire and a Philadelphia native, died of cancer Saturday in a Boca Raton, Fla., hospice. The grand-nephew of the famous Shubert brothers - Sam, Lee and Jacob J. (J.J.) - Mr. Lawrence had practically grown up in the front-row center seats of the theaters his uncles founded in New York in 1900, which grew to include the Forrest and at one time the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. Mr. Lawrence, whose father was the son of a Shubert sister, grew up in Merion and prepped at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.
December 11, 2011
A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History By Robert Hughes Knopf. 512 pp. $35 Reviewed by John Timpane Could you have a better guide to Rome than Robert Hughes? To the idea of Rome, I mean, or, closer yet, to the idea of the history of Rome? This book is a panoramic account of Rome's several ascents: pagan empire of 1,229 years; Christian empire for nearly as long; capital of art for millenniums; one of the homes of modernism; dysfunctional yet somehow influential modern citadel of corruption.
May 3, 1986
There will be a demonstration Friday afternoon at Broad Street and Columbia Ave. to prod City Council toward renaming Columbia Avenue in memory of a great Philadelphian named Cecil B. Moore. Of course, demonstrations in Philadelphia haven't been the same since Cecil Moore left us. Nobody knew how to work a crowd the way he did. The flamboyant, charismatic, dynamic, often outrageous Moore - lawyer, civic leader and activist during the tumultuous early years of the civil rights revolution - had an indelible impact on this city.
August 8, 1991 |
He was one of the barnstorming suburban developers, with a big-wheel image, zipping in expensive cars to meetings and auctions, making deals and snatching up bargain properties across the Main Line. Always driven and often abrasive, David J. Ross at the height of his success said he could become a legend in his field and expected to build an empire for his children. But at 12:12 p.m. yesterday, less than two hours before a chunk of his real estate holdings was to go on the auction block to satisfy a $4.9 million debt, the Bryn Mawr builder filed for reorganization under chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code.