September 11, 2016 |
Ian McEwan was ranked by the Times of London among the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. His novels, including Amsterdam , which won the 1998 Man Booker Prize, and Atonement , a 2001 novel made into a 2007 Oscar-winning movie, have attracted a large worldwide audience. McEwan visits the Free Library on Wednesday for a conversation about his new novel, Nutshell . The book is based on the story of Hamlet , told from the point of view of a fetus. McEwan talked about his new book and his writing life.
August 31, 2016 |
During his prolific career, writer Chuck Dixon-best-known for his comic book work, wrote about tough heroes like the Batman and the Punisher. Along the way, he created villains like King Snake and, most famously, Bane. Now, he's gone from a fictional character who broke Batman's back to real-life characters who broke the bank. "Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel," adapted by Dixon and artist Brett R. Smith from the book by Peter Schweizer, follows the allegedly shady connections between Clinton Foundation donors, paid speeches given by Bill Clinton and actions approved by the U.S. State Department while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.
August 17, 2016 |
Ray Quick's father, Clarence, made a name for himself as a founding member of the Del-Vikings, a pioneering, Pittsburgh-based doo-wop quintet that was among the first racially integrated singing groups of the 1950s. Clarence Quick penned the group's biggest hits, including "Come Go With Me" - the tune John Lennon's band the Quarrymen was playing at a Liverpool church in 1957 when Paul McCartney first noticed him, according to Beatles lore. As magical as those moments are, they are not why Ray Quick most remembers his father and devotes his life's work to his memory.
August 14, 2016 |
Joe McGinniss Jr. tells intense, rapid-fire stories about an America that seems permanently down on its luck. The novelist, who grew up in Swarthmore, made his literary debut with 2008's The Delivery Man , about a trio of young Las Vegas natives who get sucked into criminality. Its searing portrait of a lost generation earned it comparisons to Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero . McGinniss' sophomore effort, Carousel Court , is about the toll the foreclosure crisis takes on a young Southern California couple.
August 8, 2016 |
Given her prominence in trailers-and number of cosplayers dressing like her at San Diego Comic-Con last month, it is clear that Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is the breakout star of Suicide Squad , which opened this weekend to an August record $135 million. However, fans of the character who have not seen her new look may be wondering what happened to the jester-clad Quinn created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. Enter the first couple of comics, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, who took on the challenge of totally revamping the character's appearance as part of DC's "New 52" line-wide relaunch back in 2011.
August 5, 2016 |
During a seminal run in the 1990s, Dan Jurgens wrote some of the best-selling Superman stories of the past 25 years. He killed and resurrected the hero and added now-classic and formidable villains to his rogue's gallery, like Doomsday and Cyborg Superman. Given all that, returning to the character as part of DC's line-wide relaunch "Rebirth," may strike some as a no-win scenario. Jurgens doesn't think so. "I think that, this time in knowing what this character is and knowing what 'Rebirth' was designed to do, that there was a natural fit there," he told Comics Guy Jerome Maida.
August 2, 2016 |
A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3, for Russell E. Miller 3d, 90, formerly of Clifton Heights, a Realtor, radio show host, and writer, who died July 13 of a heart ailment in a hospice in Fort Myers, Fla. He had moved to Fort Myers 12 years ago. Born to Florence and Russell Miller Jr. in Philadelphia, Mr. Miller grew up on a farm in Ambler. He was self-educated, and, as a result, he became something of a Renaissance man, his family said. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Afterward, he built a career as a Realtor, and with his wife, Winifred V. Miller, he taught lawyers about real estate and estate planning.
July 22, 2016 |
Q: I'm going to ask you a favor, both of you. On June 24, your column had a question from a lady who couldn't find someone for herself. I'm in the same predicament. I am in exceptionally good shape for my age, and I think I'm average-looking. I'm 57, single, never married, and no children. I have a bit of snow on the roof, but plenty of fire in the furnace. Can you give her my address, and we could correspond? If so, I'll write you and tell you how things went. If that is permissible. Thank you in advance.
July 22, 2016 |
Ken Bookman, 67, of Bala Cynwyd, a journalist who turned a passion for cooking into a successful career as a food editor and cookbook writer, died Sunday, July 17, at his home after a long struggle with uveal melanoma, a cancer of the eye. Mr. Bookman, known to colleagues for his razor-sharp wit as much as his finely honed culinary skills, was food editor at the Inquirer at a time when newspapers started covering restaurants and cooking as seriously as...
July 3, 2016
Barbara Goldsmith, 85, a best-selling writer who chronicled high-society contretemps including the custody dispute over "poor little rich" Gloria Vanderbilt in the 1930s, unveiling the wealthy and famous as often empty and unhappy, died June 26 at her home in New York City. The cause was congestive heart failure, said her assistant Jeremy Steinke. Ms. Goldsmith was a founding editor of New York magazine, a contributor to publications including Vanity Fair and the New Yorker, and the author of four nonfiction books.