July 19, 2012 |
Hillary Clinton is a rock star. She is having her moment. But then, she has been having her moment for some time. Most politicians, battered by criticism, appear smaller with time. That has not happened with Hillary, who defied all the skeptics to become a superb secretary of state. By my count, Sigourney Weaver is the third terrific actress to play Hillary Clinton or a fictionalized version of her, this time in USA Network's Political Animals . Hillary has become a juicy part in movies and television, understandable given that her resumé is as impressive as it is improbable.
May 11, 2007 |
THERE WE WERE, patting ourselves on the back and feeling smug and self-satisfied. The race isn't about "race," we said, marveling at the maturity of the Philadelphia voter. The candidates had focused on real issues like crime, poverty, education and economic development. Sure, there were some annoying little detours like the preoccupation with who was playing Monopoly with his own money and who couldn't remember how to fill out a financial disclosure form and who was afraid of letting us find out that his wife was a millionaire (as if we didn't know)
January 28, 2005 |
Shainee Gabel made her documentary debut with Anthem (1997), a carol about Americans across the political spectrum united by the love of liberty and mobility. This theme echoes through A Love Song for Bobby Long, an accomplished feature debut with stunning cinematography (by Elliot Davis), a jambalaya story line and yet another heart-stopping performance by Scarlett Johansson. John Travolta and Johansson costar as raggedy nomads who find common threads - and common ground - as default roommates in a shabby frame house on the sagging edge of New Orleans.
May 11, 2003 |
Kaethe Zemach's discomfort in describing her art underscores her struggles as daughter of Margot Zemach, the award-winning children's book illustrator. With eight children's books of her own, Kaethe Zemach (pronounced KAY-the) hesitantly depicted the transformations that her work had undergone from the unencumbered strokes of youth to the controlled, confident images of today. In that span of about 25 years, Zemach - who illustrated her first book as a teenager - dealt with the confusion and doubt that helped her mature artistically.
May 8, 2003 |
Remember that brief, shining moment in spring 2003 when journalists once again made us proud? Bravely hunting down war news in Iraq? Covering life and death decisions on the front lines? Doing what they're supposed to do - report crucial facts? Thank you, 60 Minutes and Simon & Schuster, for quickly bringing that epoch to a close. By the sound of this week's buzz, it's back to business as usual - the notion that the business of journalism (let alone America) is business, and often snarky business.
March 21, 2002 |
I've been trying to work myself into a state of high dudgeon over the decision by the Jewish Museum in New York to host a display of controversial Holocaust art. So far, I haven't had much luck. I look at the controversy over the exhibits - a death camp made of Legos, a photograph of a man holding up a Diet Coke can amid a group of emaciated Jews - and what emerges is not as much anger as, well, I was going to say ambivalence, but that's not quite the right word. It's more a sense of recognition, a sense that we've been to this crossroads of art and indignation before, and it's no accident we keep coming back.
December 6, 2000 |
Don Foster is a literary detective. He discovered that an unimpressive elegy may have been an overlooked work by Shakespeare. He tried his hand at guessing the identity of "Anonymous," who wrote the best-seller Primary Colors - and correctly concluded the author was Newsweek columnist Joe Klein. He backed the FBI in the Unabomber case and analyzed a suspicious memo supposedly written by Monica Lewinsky. Last year he turned his attention to questions about one of America's most cherished Christmas poems: "The Night Before Christmas.
September 24, 2000 |
Joe Klein had a revelation during the Olympics. "I had always planned to use Charlie Martin, who had been a peripheral character in Primary Colors, but I didn't know exactly who Charlie was," Klein said during a recent interview. "I think I began really finding out when I decided his dad was going to be a musician, which came to me one night watching the Olympics in '96. All of a sudden I realized, his dad's a musician, and he began to come alive. " Thus the genesis of Klein's new book, The Running Mate (Dial Press, $26.95)
April 14, 2000 |
Joe Klein, who covered the 1992 presidential campaign for Newsweek and then wrote the best-selling novel Primary Colors, will hold center stage at the community forum at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. May 1. Klein and his book, a roman a clef drawn on the campaign, stirred a beehive of controversy in 1996 when Klein was revealed as Anonymous, its author. Klein now is a political columnist for the New Yorker. His newest novel, The Running Mate, is due out any day, according to published reports.
February 2, 2000 |
When journalist Joe Klein was finally exposed as the "Anonymous" who wrote the best-selling tattle-tale "Primary Colors," in 1996, he promised he'd give the Republicans a dose of the same fictional medicine in his next book. Three and a half years, one job (he left a disgruntled Newsweek for The New Yorker) and a new publisher (he switched from Random House to Bertelsmann's Dial for more than $1 million) later, he's finished. Dial is rushing "The Running Mate" into print for an April 18 release.