June 7, 2013
Inferno By Dan Brown Doubleday. 492 pp. $29.95 Reviewed by David L. Ulin Some years ago, I was on a book-reviewing panel when someone in the audience asked what we, the panelists, thought of The Bridges of Madison County , which was then a fixture on best-seller lists. We hemmed and hawed, tried to talk around the question, until our moderator acknowledged that, most likely, none of us had read the book. This led to a discussion of the difference between critics and readers.
January 4, 2008 |
A one-room schoolhouse in Madison County, Iowa (of "Bridges of ... " fame), was where the Democrats of Lee and Jefferson Townships, most of them farmers, made their choices for presidential candidate known when they caucused from 7 to 8 p.m. yesterday. philly.com See more of Tom Gralish?s photography from Iowa, and from around our region, at http://go.philly.com/caucus For Tom Gralish?s photo blog, visit http://blogs.phillynews.com/inquirer/sceneonroad
August 9, 2007 |
On the eighth week of my road trip, I drive north on Route 309, then detour to Bethlehem, capturing folks in photos at two of the great free events of summer. But both will soon end, so you have to hustle. After more than 20 years, Musikfest, which ends Sunday, is still one of the world's largest free music festivals, though tickets ($18-$49) are required for big-name performers such as Ludacris, B.B. King, Meat Loaf, Deep Purple, Stone Sour, and the Black Crowes. All the other - more than 500 - musical performances on 13 indoor and outdoor stages throughout Bethlehem's historic downtown are free.
July 12, 2004 |
Forget the bridges of Madison County. That was Iowa. Pennsylvania has the most covered bridges in the country, and the first in the nation spanned the Schuylkill at Market Street in 1805. But from a peak of 1,500 throughout the state in the 1870s, there are now just 211. Most were lost to fire and flood, or to make way for development. The most recent casualty, Mood's Covered Bridge, built in 1874 in East Rockhill, Bucks County, burned down last month. Until then, the number of covered bridges in the Philadelphia area had held steady at 29 since 1985.
September 5, 2002 |
The covered wooden bridge made famous by the movie The Bridges of Madison County has been severely damaged in a fire, and authorities are investigating whether it was arson. Only a charred shell of the 119-year-old Cedar Bridge remained after the Tuesday night fire in Winterset, Iowa. The decking collapsed into the creek below. Madison County has just five covered bridges remaining, all on the National Register of Historic Places. Cedar Bridge was the last of them open to traffic, and thousands of people have visited it since Robert Waller's book, The Bridges of Madison County, was published in 1992.
October 21, 2001 |
I'm out of the 13 original colonies! I'm in the Louisiana Purchase! Pardon my elation, but such was my exhilaration at finding myself in . . . south-central Iowa. Understand, I had never been west of Pittsburgh in my 46 years, and I hadn't even been on a plane in 17. Why so long? Lack of time and funds; inertia; a Jersey Shore vacation routine; and a nonflying husband with whom the children and I have happily explored the Eastern Seaboard by car, train and boat. But they take you only so far, and I craved something different; the inner pioneer chanting "Go West, middle-aged woman" was becoming impossible to resist.
April 7, 1997 |
Here in Madison County, where novelist Robert James Waller turned some simple covered bridges into a metaphor for love, gray ribbons of lonely highway seem to run forever through an endless expanse of corn and soybean fields. Towns are few and far between. Yet, it is in this context that Mike Rodgers - proprietor of the only liquor store in this town of 4,500 people, three bars and the birthplace of John Wayne - got a most unusual request a few years ago. A customer came into Rodgers' Spirits & More and asked for a $750 bottle of Scotch.
September 16, 1996 |
It won't exactly be Hoop Dreams. This documentary will have no simmering tension or rags-to-riches rise. About the only dramatic arch in the story will be the swoop of stone arcing over Pennypack Creek. Nevertheless, the story of the Frankford Avenue Bridge will be in prime time. In Japan. This winter, the 75-foot span will be featured in the documentary series Bridges of the World, running Sunday and Thursday nights on Nippon Television Network (Japan's NBC affiliate)
May 2, 1996 |
It's the question on everyone's mind, the topic of heated debate among women and men all across China: Did Francesca do the right thing? From middle-aged wives in loveless marriages to young couples impatient with old-style thinking, they're all talking about Lang Qiao Yi Meng - The Bridges of Madison County. Yes, schmaltz knows no borders. American companies may have some trouble exporting cars or turbines to China, but the Hollywood dream machine still knows how to crank out a good tearjerker with universal appeal.
September 15, 1995 |
Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County, on the New York Times bestseller list longer than any fictional book in more than 40 years, will drop off on Sept. 24 after 162 weeks. The record of 178 weeks is held by The Robe, about the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. "It wasn't just a bestseller," Times book review editor Charles McGrath said of Bridges. "It became a huge phenomenon. " Indeed, in the last year at least 30 couples have wed at covered bridges in Madison County, Iowa, and next month a hundred busloads of pilgrims are set to hit Winterset for the county's 26th annual covered bridge festival.