July 15, 2013
TransAtlantic A Novel By Colum McCann Random House. 259 pp. $27 Reviewed by Dan DeLuca Colum McCann's TransAtlantic is, if anything, even more ambitious than Let The Great World Spin , his 2009 National Book Award-winning novel about the overlapping lives of ordinary people 110 stories below Phillipe Petit's 1974 World Trade Center high-wire walk. In TransAtlantic , the Irish-born, New York-based novelist hopscotches back and forth over an ocean.
January 6, 2013 |
CONCHE, Newfoundland - I'm preparing to be drawn and quartered by my friends as we drive a long gravel road on the northeast tip of Newfoundland's rugged Great Northern Peninsula with no idea how far it is to the French Shore tapestries in Conche, an outport of 200 that had no road connection with the rest of the island until 1970. Just an hour and a half earlier we'd sat chummily, but road-weary, in St. Anthony - some 90 miles northwest - pondering the five-plus-hour drive we faced back to Corner Brook, when someone suggested nixing our planned side excursion.
March 25, 2011 |
What's not to love about Hey Rosetta!, the polished alt-pop rockers from St. John's, Newfoundland? They boast a yearning, ultra-sincere lead singer who sounds like a mash-up of Chris Martin, Paul Simon and Brandon Flowers. And they crank earnest anthems loud and gracefully, with warming violin and cello players you can actually hear in the mix (take a hint, Arcade Fire). Oh, and Hey Rosetta! makes equally vivid videos. (Check out the charming, ballet-themed "Yer Spring" at YouTube.) Hailed as one of the "must see" attractions of the recent Austin, Texas, SXSW music soiree - and now they're here in our own back yard.
June 22, 2007
MOORESTOWN, N.J. - His future lay 1,805 miles away, on the easternmost point of an island nearer the Arctic Circle than his Moorestown home. This is where the National Hockey League would discover T.J. Brennan. Not 14 miles from the sixth-largest media capital of the United States, where he learned and honed his game. In St. John's, the frozen, fog-thick capital of the Canadian province of Newfoundland. Not the end of the world. Not officially anyway. But if the mist ever lifted, you might be able to see it from there.
July 10, 2004 |
Marguerite V. Hawco Casale, 74, an accomplished needle artist and owner of the Knit With yarn shop in Chestnut Hill, died July 4 of ovarian cancer at her home above the store on Germantown Avenue. Mrs. Casale grew up on a sheep farm at Hawco's Point, Chapel's Cove, on the North Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, where her father taught her to plow, plant crops and tend the animals. Her grandmother taught her to knit practical, warm clothing to chase away winter chills in their farmhouse, which had no electricity.
June 21, 2002 |
Studios will usually release what they think are their best movies at the end of the year for Academy Award consideration. Inevitably, there are a couple of highly anticipated films that fail to deliver on their promise. Two such films from 2001's holiday season debut on video this week. Based on E. Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Shipping News" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $29.99) is a prestige film in need of some prestige. In this languidly paced film, Kevin Spacey plays an oafish father who returns to the family home in Newfoundland to begin life anew.
December 25, 2001 |
In a seamless special effect that shows the face of a boy under water turn into the face of the same person still submerged and struggling for air as a 36-year-old man, The Shipping News introduces its sorry protagonist, Quoyle, to the screen. In filmmaker Lasse Hallstr?m's bleak and melancholy adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's much-beloved Shipping News, the origins of our hero's angst are as plain as the look of horror on his mug: a domineering, unloving father, and a dysfunctional childhood that has left him a broken, wounded soul.
November 3, 1999 |
Fredrick Connor Kline, of Warminster in Bucks County, a retired executive for an art-supply business and a professional musician, died Friday. He died at Abington Memorial Hospital after an illness, exactly a month after his 80th birthday. For more than 40 years, he worked for Joseph E. Podgor Inc., a Pennsauken, N.J., distributor of art supplies. He was vice president when he retired in 1989. Mr. Kline was a life member of the Philadelphia Musicians Union Local 77 and played the bass for many years in bands that entertained at Main Line social events.
November 10, 1998 |
Gary Hall Jr., who won four medals at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 - two of them gold - was cited for marijuana use by swimming's governing body yesterday, but was eligible to compete. Hall was suspended for three months by the drug panel of FINA, the international federation, for testing positive for marijuana. However, FINA deducted the three months served by Hall under a temporary suspension, meaning he faced no further penalty. Hall, who lives in Phoenix, was training in Oakland, Calif.
September 23, 1998 |
The media excel at coming up with verbs to describe a hurricane's wrath. Pounds, lashes, batters, rakes, menaces and spawns were a few used to convey the strength of Hurricane Georges, the force with the gentle French name that swept across the Greater Antilles this week. Harder to explain to those whose familiarity with hurricanes is limited to blustery snapshots and sound bites on wind velocity is the emotional toll the storms can take on residents of these areas - even those whose belongings and loved ones remain intact.