April 3, 2009 |
Going by its title, you might think Rock Prophecies had something to do with Nostradamus' predicting the rise of the Jonas Brothers, or some similarly uncanny feat of seeing into the musical, or geological, future. That's not the case. Instead, the poorly chosen title of John Chester's documentary about Robert Knight is meant to imply that the music photographer's ability to home in on young talent destined for greatness qualifies him as some sort of rock prophet. Which is a reach, to put it mildly.
March 18, 2013 |
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Behind his sunglasses, Rep. Cyrus Habib is trying to remember the name of a fully blind politician who came before him. This was someone who served many years ago, Habib recalls. In the U.S. Senate. The grandfather of writer Gore Vidal. Habib rattles off a few details before surrendering: "Let me look him up. " Turning to a laptop that provides him constant audio feedback, Habib needs just 23 seconds to launch his Internet browser, run a query, and find the information - a biographical overview of former Oklahoma Sen. Thomas Gore.
October 19, 2009 |
With Bluewater Comics quickly gaining a reputation as the Biography Channel of the comics industry, it is fortunate that as its brand-name recognition and sales have increased, so has the quality of its biographical books. "Condoleezza Rice" is a case in point. Not only did Bluewater luck out by having its subject making headlines again regarding Afghanistan around the time the book hit shelves, but the company also was fortunate to have chosen writer Chris Ward to chronicle the life story of our first female African-American secretary of state.
February 25, 2001 |
Charlotte Salomon's Life? or Theater?, a cycle of 769 watercolors painted from 1940 to 1942, opens with an image of suicide by drowning and closes with a self-portrait of the artist gazing out to sea. Salomon, who would die at Auschwitz in 1943, was the only female in her immediate family who did not take her own life. This makes her magnum opus - an intensive exploration of suicide, lies, life and love - not a tragedy, but a triumph. Hers is a heroic story of how self-knowledge leads to self-preservation, richer than most sagas of salvation through art, more eloquent than most accounts of resurrection after the Holocaust.
December 18, 2001 |
It was a story of the good that can come from bad, and the jury sat spellbound as defense lawyer Tariq El-Shabazz wove the tale as only he could. He told of a teenager from New York City's projects who was caught in a minor crime. Part of the punishment was time with Scared Straight, a program started in the 1970s to expose wayward juveniles to inmates and the brutalities of prison life. That experience changed the youngster, El-Shabazz said. He won scholarships to college, then law school.
September 29, 1998 |
The life of Sojourner Truth, the 19th-century abolitionist born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree, would seem to yield dramatic material enough for several plays - which makes it especially disappointing that half a play is the best that Sojourner, the one-woman show on view at the Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts, can muster. It's a reasonably absorbing half a play, however. In the anteroom of a New York City auditorium, playwright Richard LaMonte Pierce introduces his heroine at age 86, preparing to deliver what would be the final lecture of her life.
March 11, 2010 |
She married young and badly. She bounced checks at Pizza Hut and the grocery. She hit the bottle to excess sometimes, talked to her cats, and once attempted suicide. And, as "JihadJane," she spewed violent-sounding vitriol online for all the world - including law enforcement - to see. From what's known about her so far, Colleen Renee LaRose is not coming off as the sharpest jihadist in the suburbs. The life of the Pennsburg woman who is due in federal court a week from today on terrorism charges is sounding ever more sad than scary.
March 13, 1991 |
Marlon Brando, having long resisted enticements to write his autobiography, has agreed to do it for Random House, it was reported yesterday. No terms were disclosed, but the New York Times said the actor would get seven figures for delivering his life story in two years. The news comes two weeks after Brando's son, Christian, got a 10-year stretch for killing his half-sister's boyfriend. Brando "reached a point in his life when there was something he wanted to say," said his agent, George England, "a point where a number of things had distilled and coalesced.
July 3, 1991
Now comes Clarence Thomas, 43, black and once-poor, to try to fill - if President Bush gets his way - the big shoes being left by retiring Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. His story - The Clarence Thomas Life Story - was made much of by the President in introducing the Yale Law School graduate and year-long member of the appellate bench at a Kennebunkport news conference. He is conservative America's success story writ large: born in the hardscrabble outskirts of Savannah, Ga., raised by a blunt grandfather who despised welfare idlers, a hard worker, disciplined student, self-sufficient.