July 16, 2012 |
They're enlisting the rainbow to help an American masterpiece tell its tale the way its author intended, for the first time. Using inks in 14 different colors, the Folio Society, based in London, has printed The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (2 vols., $345, www.foliosociety.com) the way the Nobel Prize winner said he wanted it. Neil Titman, commissioning editor for the Folio Society, calls The Sound and the Fury "the most successful limited edition we've ever had. " The society's website says "over 1,000" of the 1,480 copies ("there will be no more," says Titman)
April 15, 2011 |
Bombarded with sound as well as turbulent forest and wild-animal imagery, video artist Tania Mouraud's work at Slought Foundation is oriented less toward mastery of the world through action and more toward a mastery of seeing, of coming to know and feel. That's how I see the three-part video exhibit by this French artist now on view at three locations across town, and involving 11 video installations. The display's overall title is "I keep hearing the trains forever. " And this triple-header is presented by the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)
August 25, 2010
I WAS SO angered reading Anthony Matthews' response to Jane Gilvary's "Cracker History 101" article. Mr. Matthews, it's people like you who keep the racist ball rolling. Ms. Gilvary was trying to make a point that not all white people are bad and that not all white people are responsible for slavery. Why can't you accept the fact that there were white people who tried to help black people? The point is, slavery happened. It was unfortunate, but what's done is done. Hitler killed millions of Jews.
November 18, 1986 |
"Whirlwind" By James Clavell. William Morrow & Co. $22.95 1,147 pages. Hard cover. There was a time when James Clavell wrote big, sprawling books that left readers crying "more. " Now he writes big, sprawling books that leave readers crying "enough. " From the memorable "Shogun," a rich and engrossing novel of Japan, Clavell's fall from grace started a few years ago with the mildly disappointing "Noble House," a novel of high finance in Hong Kong. He has plummeted to disaster with "Whirlwind," a fictional recounting of the 24 days that followed the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979.
April 25, 1989 |
When Phil Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January, he left an indelible impression. His acceptance speech was rambling, to be kind, and bodyguards seemed to guide him offstage. It looked like the behavior of a person who was out of it. Yet I later heard from several people who sat near Spector that he didn't have a drink - that this bizarre-looking behavior was a severe case of stage fright. After feeling like an outsider all his life, he was overwhelmed at this moment of homage.
January 10, 1986 |
Florence King is treasured by her fans as the Smart Girl's Smart Girl. As in smart and sassy. And wait until you meet her mama in Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady (Bantam, $3.95). Be warned, this is one of those fresh, funny memoirs that you are going to be reading aloud constantly to your loved one. He or she shouldn't mind, because King and her mom sound something like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye: honest and funny. Simultaneously. She tells how she was raised - uh, make that reared - by a gentle, intellectual musician (Dad)
September 8, 1999 |
When schools turn into war zones, children mirror a society at war with itself. Eruptions of violence in the halls of education are tragic, but no more absurd than the social fabric in which they are embedded. They are signs of that absurdity, a wake-up call, a sacrifice on the altar of a culture consumed by consumerism - the dark side of the serpent that eats its tail. When Plato said, "Society is man writ large," he illumined the principle underlying the Columbine High School massacre in April and the shootings since then.
November 5, 1990 |
Late-20th-century audiences can only envy their counterparts of 400 years ago. The music those ancients heard was played and sung as part of life. Intimacy was the norm; passivity was unknown in that musical setting. Everybody sang, danced, played and fairly resonated with the pulse of the music at hand. The Philadelphia Renaissance Wind Band audience had its memory refreshed to all that on Saturday when the core ensemble joined Parthenia, a New York-based consort of viols, to perform French dances and songs at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany.
October 8, 2010 |
Among the bleaker and more laughless of Woody Allen endeavors, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger begins with a narrator paraphrasing Macbeth : "Shakespeare said life is full of sound and fury, and in the end signified nothing. " And in the end, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger signifies pretty much nothing, too. Revisiting ideas and issues that Allen has kept in heavy rotation for decades - infidelity, death, art, the allure of youth - his 44th (44th!) film has been shot (pristinely, by Vilmos Zsigmond)
November 18, 2006
What price for Israel? Re: "Send in the deal-makers," Nov. 12: To call James Baker a diplomatic wizard ignores glaring deficiencies in his policies vis-?-vis the Middle East. My concern about the Iraq Study Group's recommendations, of which Baker will be a principal architect, will be the way in which Israel is likely to be treated. Trudy Rubin's column ponders the question as to the price to be paid for the cooperation of Syria and Iran in stabilizing Iraq. U.S. support for Israel is a negotiating chip that always surfaces when the West needs cooperation from Islamic and Arab states.