October 17, 2014 |
The title of Norman Lear's new memoir, Even This I Get to Experience , doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. What's this this the visionary creator of All in The Family and The Jeffersons gets to experience? Can we have it, too? The phrase, Lear said, is a sort of mantra. Speaking on the phone from a book-tour stop in Washington, D.C., Lear says he's been able to get through life's challenges, disappointments, and tragedies by remembering that even the worst event is an experience, an opportunity for learning, for growing.
August 22, 2014 |
Mötley Crüe: Mere mention of the name conjures images of hair-metal at its most decadent. The Crüe, which first broke in 1981, had the goods to back up its salacious sex-and-drugs image and gave fans contagious stripper-pole favorites like "Girls Girls Girls," "Dr. Feelgood," and "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away). " "It really was just like, whoa , nonstop," says notorious and best-known Crüe member Tommy Lee. Now, Crüe is going away. It's not because they're mad at each other, as they've been throughout their storied past - so storied that their raunchy autobiography, The Dirt , is being made into a film, which blows even Lee's mind.
October 14, 2013 |
Mary Groce didn't know she had a great-uncle who could be worthy of history books until she opened an old cardboard box. The 63-year-old was rifling through family memorabilia with a relative when she came across the photo of a handsome, crisply dressed man gripping the steering wheel in a cockpit. "That's Uncle Emory?" she said, stunned, to her cousin Aileen Ryan. "He's black. " Groce looks anything but. As she dug deeper, Groce found the outline of a life that had been hidden from her family for a generation.
August 30, 2013 |
Saadiya Ali, Erica Tuttle, and Nancy Manion could not say goodbye. When they reached the screen door of Manion's neat little Bensalem house, they hesitated on the threshold, hugging one another, promising to stay in touch, fighting back tears. The three women had met only in mid-July. They had spoken only a half-dozen times. And Manion had done most of the talking. But in those six weeks, they had given one another the kind of comfort, kindness, and enlightenment that some friends - and many relatives - never achieve in a lifetime.
June 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In a moving ceremony that was also filled with laughter, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg's family and colleagues recalled him Wednesday as a feisty and determined man whose life story shaped his work - and also described a personal side rarely seen in public. Lautenberg's funeral on the Upper East Side drew 41 senators, six members of Congress, Gov. Christie, and former Govs. Jon S. Corzine, Jim McGreevey, and James J. Florio. Vice President Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez delivered eulogies.
May 18, 2013 |
'I been through it all," Charles Bradley says in the rugged, scarred voice that comes so forcefully to life on Victim of Love , his second album on the Daptone label. The raspy-as-he-wants-to-be 66-year-old soul man was just waking up Wednesday in his one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. He had a brief break in a tour that is scheduled to find him headlining the Apollo Theater in Harlem before coming to Philadelphia on Friday night to play at Union Transfer with his band, the Extraordinaires.
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.
February 25, 2013 |
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Eric Rudolph, serving a life sentence for bombings that killed two people in Alabama and Georgia in the 1990s, has published his autobiography from prison with the help of his brother. The book - Between the Lines of Drift: The Memoirs of a Militant - is hardly a best-seller: It ranked No. 24,040 in sales Friday at a website that allows authors to publish their own works. But the government said it still would seize any profits from sales, no matter the amount.
January 27, 2013
The made-up stories of the next five months are passionate, often international, sometimes (or are they?) occult. The short novel and short story are coming on strong again. Biography, autobiography, and history loom large, as always, among nonfiction titles. Butterflies and the Bible make an appearance, too. Plenty to keep a reader busy, from here to the summer solstice and beyond. - By John Timpane and Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer staff writers Butterflies, the Bible, passionate fiction - the books of spring Fiction The River Swimmer: Novellas by Jim Harrison (Grove, $25, Jan. 8)
December 19, 2012 |
Privately, Ramona DiGiacomo Johnstone of Woodbury struggled to cope with her only son's murder, speaking about him sometimes in the present tense. But publicly, the gregarious, 4-foot-11 woman would chat up strangers and get to know them quickly. "She could empathize with people," said her brother-in-law Charles DePaulis. "She knew your life story in 10 minutes. " Five years after her 27-year-old son, Thomas Lennox III, a Delaware County businessman, was fatally beaten in Pennsylvania, Johnstone, 54, was fatally stabbed Monday in her apartment.