January 2, 2015 |
The value of 800 rare books at the center of a legal dispute between the executors of Maurice Sendak's will and the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia is estimated at $1.65 million, according to a figure offered by the Sendak estate in probate court filings. But the Rosenbach, which is suing Sendak's estate, puts the value much higher. The financial report sketches out the scale and value of the collection over which the Rosenbach filed its lawsuit. Sendak's will calls for the Rosenbach to receive all of his rare books, but the Sendak estate has turned over only 349 of the 800 volumes, with that portion valued at $720,000.
November 4, 2014 |
Max and his toothy monster pals from Where the Wild Things Are were prominently displayed Sunday at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, where a collection of Maurice Sendak's original and finished works could be seen one last day. Within the first hour of the museum's opening, about 25 visitors had crammed into a tiny gallery to say goodbye to 45 ink and watercolor illustrations, a small slice of the 10,000 Sendak pieces the Rosenbach had...
September 17, 2014 |
For a rare-book aficionado interested in seeing the tiny handmade dummy books Maurice Sendak fashioned to try out ideas, or for a casual fan curious about the Sendak inside jokes that appeared in early versions of well-known books before disappearing on the way to the publisher, the best place to go for decades has been 2008 Delancey Place in Philadelphia. It has been, in fact, the only place to see a great many specific items that Sendak began placing at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, a treasure house of literary rarities, in 1968.
February 19, 2014
WHO NEEDS to sell CDs and downloads when you can strike gold in a real-estate deal gone bad? The New York Post 's Page Six reports that popstress Rihanna has won a multimillion-dollar settlement after some lousy advice from her former accountant left her with a mere $2 million in cash on hand. Filing suit under her real name, Robyn Fenty, in 2012, the singer claimed that bean counter Peter Gounis and the firm Berdon LLP okeydokey'd her purchase of a $7 million Southern California house despite the fact that she was "bleeding cash" in 2009, the year the deal was closed.
January 10, 2014 |
YOU CAN WALK out of Spike Jonze's man-falls-for-his-computer movie, "Her," unsure whether you've seen a love story, sci-fi creepshow or both. Jonze, who hates to talk about his own movies, is coy on the subject, and not just with reporters. Even those who helped design his Golden Globe-nominated new movie were unsure what sort of near-future world Jonze wanted to create. Case in point: Architect Liz Diller, who helped develop Manhattan's High Line park, whom Jonze sought out when he was putting "Her" together.
January 6, 2014 |
Spike Jonze's films to date - Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation (2002), from screenplays by Charlie Kaufman , and Where the Wild Things Are (2009), from the Maurice Sendak classic picture book - are marked by deadpan humor tinged with surreal whimsy. (Next elevator stop: Floor 71/2, where all the workers stoop and hunch over.) But there's an underlying sadness there, too. In Her , which Jonze also wrote and which opens Friday in area theaters, that sadness is palpable.
May 16, 2013
By Margot Soven On the wall of my office is a poster of Gatsby - not framed by me, but by my son when he was in high school. A fan of the novel, my son even chose a quote from it to accompany his yearbook photo: "Reserving judgment is a matter of infinite hope. " He's not alone. On the last day of my Introduction to Literature class this month, when I said, "Be sure to see the new Great Gatsby ," one student yelled out, "Oh, that's my favorite book!" When I recently went to see the new Gatsby film, I was prepared for a noisy reception, given that the audience was filled with high school students.
December 28, 2012 |
Our losses remind us of all we've had, all the wonderful people who have moved, are moving, and will move among us. So here's a review of our human blessings, lives completed in 2012, lives that will stay with us for thankful years to come. We can't mention all - such are the riches. A local moment. This town and state lost huge names that cast much light. Longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno , 85, passed in the midst of scandal. Dick Clark , 82, host of American Bandstand , will see the ball descend this year - but a long way off from Times Square.
November 24, 2012
Film New this week: Rise of the Guardians (***1/2 out of four stars) Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny band together in an enchanting movie that seems as though it were cast by a tag team of Maurice Sendak and Walt Disney. - Carrie Rickey Theater War Horse Nick Stafford's Tony-winning play presents the War to End All Wars from the point of view of a horse named Joey. Clever staging, puppets, and the power of suggestion engage audiences in a play that packs a powerful antiwar message.
August 17, 2012 |
To be honest, it had long been a dream of Rosenbach Museum curator Patrick Rodgers to acquire a copy of Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen with the little Mickey penises cut out. After all, censorship of the book was part of Sendak history, and the Rosenbach houses the author's papers and materials. Who knew that Stephen Colbert would be the one to fulfill that wish? Or that the lure of Colbert's hip and multitudinous audience, not to mention his defining interviews with Sendak only months before the writer's death in May, would lead the Rosenbach to acquire, as a result of a five-minute July 17 segment of The Colbert Report , a tiny and unlikely little piece of hipster cool?