February 21, 2010 |
He was one of the first great chefs of Philadelphia - in fact, of the young nation. The chief cook in President George Washington's home here in 1790 had only one name: Hercules. In the mansion's open-hearth kitchen, where elaborate banquets were prepared, where spitted meats sizzled and "fricaseys" simmered in cast-iron pans over hickory fires, underlings scurried to execute the orders of Hercules, "the great master-spirit," according to one account, who seemed to be everywhere at once.
June 16, 1989 |
Caleb Deschanel's haunting new version of the story of Robinson Crusoe arrives today with a conspicuous absentee that makes this a weekend without Friday. As soon as the storm-tossed vessel founders on the reef, we realize that one of the rats deserting the sinking ship in Crusoe is none other than Crusoe himself. Deschanel has moved Daniel Defoe's timeless consideration of man, nature and civilization forward by a century and turned Crusoe into an American slave-trader. In this revisionist reading, Crusoe is an unsympathetic figure forced by adversity and circumstances to reconsider his moral failings.
January 31, 2008 |
As an English teacher, I reencounter my "frugality heroes" every year. When Ben Franklin quotes Proverbs 22:7, "The borrower is slave to the lender," in The Way to Wealth, I not only listen - I obey. But not many Americans do. It's the dream, of course, to buy Versailles on a corner lot with three-car garages, turrets, atriums, and cathedral ceilings. In contrast, my house is a twin on a postage-lot, but my two daughters each have a bedroom and share a bathroom. With recession warnings, I'm quite happy with my $702 mortgage.
March 7, 2014
PERHAPS it's not a big surprise that "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed movie based on the true story of a free black man who was sold into slavery in the 1840s, won the Academy Award for best picture. It had already won critical acclaim and praise for its lead actors, director and writer (all of whom were nominated for Oscars as well). Besides, as Ellen DeGeneres, the host of the show, joked at the beginning of the evening, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters had only two options: Either they could bestow their highest honor on "12 Years a Slave," or they were all racists.
June 3, 2001
Shhh. Listen closely. Do you hear faraway waves slapping against a ship? What about the faint chattering of children? Do you hear anything anymore about the vessel that disturbed the waters off West Africa, whose cargo was children sold into slavery? No? Such silence is unacceptable. Two months have passed since a brief international spotlight fell on a ship called the Etireno, turned away by two nations because it was being used for child trafficking. The world waited to see whether the ship would be found, whether the children aboard were safe.
December 12, 2001 |
Britney Spears paid a visit to the First Union Center on Monday night, and the runway show did not disappoint. The pop princess opened with a beguiling little number in sequined black, reminiscent of an Elvis jumpsuit, but showing more skin than the King would have dared. Sequins were the theme of the concert, delicately balanced by an abundance of midriff and cleavage. Halfway through the collection, Spears paraded around in a hat that easily could have doubled as a dark-chocolate cake topped with strawberry frosting.
August 29, 1993 |
A collection of rare slave hire badges and an extensive gathering of colonial coinage will be highlights of the Stack's auction Sept. 8 and 9 at the Park Central Hotel, Seventh Avenue at 56th Street, during the New York Numismatic Convention. The appearance of 14 slave hire badges are a graphic reminder of the practice of urban slave owners who hired out slaves for work as maids, fishermen, mechanics, carpenters and fruit sellers. Several Southern cities passed ordinances governing the practice, and many required the slaves to wear hire tags.
April 14, 1999 |
The 20-year-old woman sighed in relief, then sobbed into the shoulder of her boyfriend. She had just watched a jury convict David Pepe, a security guard, of making her his "sex slave" for three days in his Kensington home in December 1997. The panel deliberated for only 45 minutes. After yesterday's verdict on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, kidnapping and related offenses, Common Pleas Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes deferred sentencing until tomorrow.
October 25, 2013 |
UNDER THE heading Better Late Than Never: "12 Years a Slave" finally gives America a definitive movie on its peculiar institution. One could chastise Hollywood for being overdue, except that this movie isn't very Hollywood. British director Steve McQueen migrated to movies from the art world, and that's significant, because Hollywood, with its entertainment imperative ("Gone with the Wind"), has seemed to lack the language to properly explain the historic monstrosity that is slavery.