October 2, 2014 |
Something about the models walking the DKNY catwalk last month in coifs that Lucky magazine called "slicked-down tendrils" - known in my hood as baby hair - tweaked my Queens-reared soul. I felt a similar pull in April when Marie Claire called Kendall Jenner's cornrows "epic. " Hmmph - no one ever declared mine anything but necessary for swimming in the summertime. That tug was followed by a twinge last week when Los Angeles Times reporter Ingrid Schmidt wrote a story about braids, referring to Bo Derek as their matriarch.
May 23, 2013 |
WARSAW, Poland - Boruch Spiegel, 93, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising by poorly armed Jewish insurgents against the powerful Nazi German force that occupied Poland, has died. Mr. Spiegel died May 9 in Montreal, where he had spent the last four years in a nursing home, his son, Julius, said Tuesday. With Mr. Spiegel's death, the tiny group of survivors of the legendary World War II revolt that was crushed 70 years ago this month grows even smaller.
November 24, 2012
Vladka Meed, 90, a courier and weapons smuggler for the Jewish resistance in Poland during World War II who published a harrowing early chronicle of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, died Nov. 21 at her daughter's home in Paradise Valley, Ariz. The death was confirmed by her son, Steven Meed. The cause was Alzheimer's disease. Mrs. Meed was born Feigel Peltel in Warsaw on Dec. 29, 1921. After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, she and hundreds of thousands of other Jews were systematically rounded up and forced into a squalid Warsaw ghetto of one-square mile.
October 28, 2012 |
As seen in his book, Gomorrah Girl , published by Cross Editions in 2011, Valerio Spada's documentary photographs of adolescents navigating Naples' crime-ridden streets were striking enough to win him Blurb's 2011 Photography Book Now grand prize for best book of the year. As large prints displayed on the walls of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, where Spada is exhibiting them for the first time, they're less obviously tied to the book's narrative, which makes them even more powerful.
June 6, 2012 |
Liz II kicks it wid de knights Queen Elizabeth II, celebrating her diamond jubilee, was serenaded in a gala bash Monday eve by Britain's finest, including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, and, hilariously, Sir Tom Jones. Isn't it weird that all these dudes are, like, knights now? Oh, and Shirley Bassey ("Goldfinger") is now a dame. Does the Queen even like such music? Hey, these parties aren't for her; they're for the world, and nobody's better at it than the Brits.
October 28, 2011 |
IN THE PARALLEL sci-fi universe of "In Time," scientists have capped the aging process at 25, and rich people have turned time into a commodity. You die when you hit your limit of 25 years (there's been a little deflation since "Logan's Run"), but if you can literally buy more time, you can live indefinitely as a 25-year-old. Thus is born a cutthroat economy in which poor people work, cheat and steal for a few extra units of time in their blue-collar ghetto, while in a nearby posh suburb the idle rich gamble vast stores of accumulated time in poker games.
October 2, 2011 |
ROME - It is still hot in Rome this time of year. That doesn't mean you shouldn't go. In fact, a little sweat seems a small price to pay for the chance, at almost every corner, to duck into a church where you can sit in the shade and stare at a lustrous virgin by Raphael or a strenuously ardent saint by Caravaggio. Still, on a recent trip to the Eternal City we happened to lodge in the ancient Trastevere section, and on one particularly sweltering day, not wishing to walk too far, we crossed the Tiber River to explore the nearby neighborhood, Rome's former Jewish ghetto.
October 15, 2010 |
A canister of film on a shelf in a bunker in the German woods, an archive of Nazi propaganda, discovered after World War II. A label on the canister: " Das Ghetto . " In the extraordinary, powerful, disturbing A Film Unfinished , much of the footage from that reel, shot in May 1942 in the Jewish Ghetto of Warsaw, is replayed - and revisited with the knowledge that it was a lie. Directed by an unknown Nazi official, who deployed cameramen...
October 8, 2010 |
GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Ho's Please Stand Up ! is a radically ingenious, in-your-face documentary hybrid that takes the basic street relationship between pimps and hookers and holds it up on a global scale. "When the leader is pimpin' you on some game like patriotism," says E. Raymond Brown, GhettoPhysics' wily onscreen guide and codirector, "it's the ho's that go marchin' off to war gettin' shot up and stabbed. " Or, credit card companies: pimps.
July 29, 2010 |
Gov. Christie has proposed creating a protected, high-class, high-roller ghetto for the casino industry in Atlantic City. This would perpetuate the problem that brought the city to its present low estate. Christie ignores - as everyone has for three decades - that other ghetto, made up of poor people who could not afford to move out of Atlantic City. This other ghetto has prevented the city from becoming what many hoped for in 1980: the Las Vegas of the East. In 1980, some of us understood what Las Vegas knew well: Casinos don't work without an attractive non-gambling milieu.