November 3, 2000 |
Dwayne is your all-American guy. He dotes on his parents, adores his sister, and admires his colleagues at the bank, where he is the manager. His feelings are richly reciprocated by all. The one cloud over Dwayne's sunny life is about when to pop the question to his girlfriend. But it is soon subsumed by a storm system from across the Pacific. His birth mother, separated from her children during the Vietnam War, is coming to America. Once she lands, Dwayne and his sister, Mai, Viet refugees adopted by an African American couple when they were very young, will be swept up in an existential tempest with questions of nature, nurture and culture swirling around them, unsettling their happy domesticity.
October 22, 2013 |
THE FLYERS have a full-blown identity crisis. For the first time in a long time, the Flyers are stuck in neutral: Not only are they not exactly sure what kind of team they are as currently assembled, but they don't seem to be quite sure of where they are going. That is unusual. Think about it. If nothing else, the Flyers always could rely on being one of the toughest teams to play against in the NHL. But the days of the Broad Street Bullies are over. The Flyers are eighth in the NHL in fighting majors with six. They are also eighth in the league in hits with 223. They aren't going to intimidate anyone.
June 15, 1988 |
While the fireworks flickered and boomed overhead Saturday, an illuminated marquee, located almost directly under the night-sky commotion, attempted to put into words the community spirit that was in the air. "We are proud to be part of Glouster Twsp," the sign heralded. The summerlike scene, complete with families huddled together on blankets, stood ready for a Norman Rockwell painting - right down to the misspelling. And though that may have delighted Rockwell, it didn't please township officials.
August 26, 2005 |
The Chinese wisdom that if you save a life, you are responsible for it forever is the basis of the frantic French farce Apr?s Vous, which prepares it bordelaise and serves it up with a nice little burgundy. Although the ingredients are excellent, the result is an overcooked comedy more often provoking indigestion than laughter. Incomparable Daniel Auteuil (The Girl on the Bridge, Jean de Florette) stars as Antoine, headwaiter of a Paris brasserie, so accustomed to serving others that when he sees a man about to hang himself from a chestnut tree in the park, he cuts the rope and brings him home for dinner.
November 15, 1995 |
Retired Army Gen. Colin L. Powell's surprise announcement that he won't seek the Republican presidential nomination spared the GOP an identity crisis at the very moment its identity as a conservative party seemed secure. Today's Republican Party is more ideological than it has been in decades; it's far more ideological than it was under Ronald Reagan, when the party still had a moderate rump. Republican officials may continue to argue that the party is a big tent, but Powell clearly didn't stand comfortably within its flaps.
December 3, 1999 |
A sheep farmer in France attacks a McDonald's with a tractor and becomes a folk hero. France balks at U.S.-backed sanctions against Iraq. Paris politicians complain variously that America is taking over the world or shirking its duties. Mon Dieu! Is America's oldest alliance in trouble? Probably not, analysts say. Rather, France is undergoing wrenching changes - politically, economically and culturally - and tweaking les americains is largely a byproduct of its mounting uncertainty.
May 26, 2000 |
Another one of those alternative-reality romances (see Sliding Doors, see The Matrix - hey, it's a love story too!), Passion of Mind stars Demi Moore as a woman with two lives, two lovers, two very comfy living situations: a hilltop house in postcard-parfait Provence, and a sleek, sky-high apartment in New York City. The only problem: Moore doesn't know if she's Marie, a widowed expatriate American raising her two kids in the French countryside, or Marty, a stylish, single go-getter literary agent.
March 2, 1999 |
It's amazing what someone can do with a stolen Social Security number. A woman in Wisconsin reported that such a thief ruined her good credit with almost $65,000 in purchases. Identity fraud has increased tenfold in the past five years. Ten states, including New Jersey, have adopted laws making it a crime to steal a person's identity. The Secret Service has jurisdiction over this crime nationally but takes only larger cases. In any event, a police report is needed in some cases to verify the crime for credit-card companies and banks, says Beth Givens, director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit consumer information and advocacy program in San Diego.
February 2, 1998 |
It was supposed to be one of the proudest days of his life. But when Gerald Luongo, mayor of Washington Township and recently elected state representative, turned on the television New Year's Day to watch the township's high school marching band perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade, he just shook his head in disbelief. There on the television screen for the whole country to see was the graphic: WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND, SEWELL NEW JERSEY Problem is, Sewell is not in Washington Township.
September 23, 1994 |
How's this for a "peace dividend"? The dawning of peace in the Middle East is creating an identity crisis for American Jews and also driving a wedge between them and their Israeli "cousins. " That, at least, is the burden of a recent front-page article in the Wall Street Journal - and it rings true. American Jews, the thesis goes, have committed so much of their time and substance to the survival of the Jewish homeland that Israel has become the center of Jewish identity. But if peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors really takes hold, what will be left to preserve that identity?