July 16, 2014 |
Nadine Gordimer, 90, who won, among many prizes, the 1991 Nobel Prize in literature, died Sunday at her home in Johannesburg, South Africa. The cause of death had not been released as of late Monday. Ms. Gordimer was most famous for her novels, several of which were written at the height of the apartheid era in her native land. Her writing is widely credited with evoking the conscience of a generation. In novels such as The Conservationist (1974), Burger's Daughter (1979)
August 24, 2012
IN THIS AGE of 3-D blockbusters, it's easy to forget that movies are the direct descendants of photos. "The Long Now," an exhibit starting Friday in the Goldie Paley Gallery at the Moore College of Art & Design, aims to illuminate that history. The gallery has been transformed into a traditional theater to provide the audience with an authentic cinema experience. The first piece is Mark Lewis' "North Circular" (2000). The four-minute film is so static at times it's hard to distinguish it from a photo.
September 11, 2010
Thomas Guinzburg, 84, who helped found the celebrated literary journal Paris Review and later ran Viking Press, died Wednesday in New York of complications from heart surgery, his longtime companion, Victoria Anstead, said. A Yale graduate and World War II veteran, Mr. Guinzburg helped launch the Paris Review in 1953 with its legendary founder, George Plimpton, who served for nearly five decades as the magazine's editor until his death in 2003. As one of America's premiere venues for fiction and poetry, the Paris Review has published work by some of literature's great stars, including Philip Roth, Jack Kerouac, and V.S. Naipaul.
September 6, 2008 |
Thank the Lord for basic cable. A show like Monk wouldn't have lasted a full season on the trigger-happy networks. Monk is too loosey-goosey, quirky and unpredictable for broadcast. But this fun, old-fashioned TV pleasure is enjoying a healthy run on USA. In fact, last night the series, starring Tony Shalhoub as the omniphobic detective, celebrated its 100th episode in delightful fashion. The episode's clever show-within-a-show premise allowed for the return of a cavalcade of Monk's most enjoyable guest stars, including John Turturro, who won an Emmy as Adrian Monk's agoraphobic brother.
September 30, 2003
It is a lucky man who can live a life that is the envy of everyone he knows, yet still be liked by everyone he meets. Such a man was George Plimpton, the writer and editor who died last week at 76. Mr. Plimpton had the breeding and bearing of the classic Yankee aristocracy. He was a friend of the Kennedys and a familiar of royalty, movie stars, and Nobel Prize winners. Yet he had nary an ounce of snobbery or arrogance about him. In fact, his special gift was to grasp the secret fantasies of the average Joe. He had the self-deprecatory daring to turn those fantasies into hilarious adventures in "participatory journalism.
August 13, 2003 |
It was a tough morning for the staff at the Paris Review. This was no mere literary crisis. They had just lost their first softball game of the season to the comic-parody magazine the Onion, and forlorn looks abounded. But down from his office to the rescue came their boss, George Plimpton, wearing his new Boston Red Sox warm-up jacket. Noting that pushovers like the New Yorker and Vanity Fair were still on the schedule, Plimpton offered a strategy. "Everyone in softball hits it to the left side.
June 17, 2000 |
Endless unfolding of words of ages! And mine a word of the modern - Walt Whitman If you like poetry, the Web is your treasure-trove. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of poetry sites. The Internet has changed the world of poetry, possibly for good. Problem: What if there's too much poetry on the Web? Now that the "word of the modern" starts with an e, as in e-poetry or e-zine, would Whitman think, "E-nough already?" I'd like to think that he'd celebrate the democracy of the Internet - but I'm worried about our newfound, instant ability to post and read (virtually)
March 24, 1997 |
Fargo, the dark, comic film about a bungled kidnapping in the Midwest, won six Independent Spirit Awards Saturday at a ceremony honoring independent film in Santa Monica, Calif. The Gramercy Pictures film, up for seven Academy Awards tonight, won for best feature film, director Joel Coen, actress Frances McDormand, actor William H. Macy, screenplay and cinematography. Another Oscar contender, actor-director Billy Bob Thornton, took the best-first-feature award for Sling Blade.
January 6, 1997 |
What do you get when you mix a Caribbean childhood with a hardscrabble upbringing in northern New Jersey? What happens when your socialization process combines lots of reading, in Spanish and English, with a love for baseball and boxing, a hip-hop sensibility and a gift for keen observation of the blue-collar workers and hustlers who populated an immigrant world unknown to most of America? You get a lot of material for a book. And Junot Diaz, one of the publishing world's hottest young properties, has taken advantage of it all. The 27-year-old writer, born in the Dominican Republic but raised in industrial North Jersey, has caused a sensation with Drown, his first book, a collection of 10 of his short stories.
May 1, 1995 |
Except for its exquisite neatness - perhaps the result of pre-interview spring cleaning, the bohemian equivalent of India being spruced up for Hillary Clinton - Richard Burgin's sparsely furnished Center City apartment fits the part of a literary lair. The one room devoted to Boulevard, Burgin's nationally prominent literary journal that's celebrating its 10th anniversary, is, on this sunny Saturday morning, an IRS auditor's model of the home office. Milk cartons designated for "Ads," "Fiction for Readers," and "Contracts" share space with shelves marked "Rejection Slips," "Acceptance Contracts," "Current Envelopes," and "Old Envelopes.