Dean Jones, The Go-To Leading Man Of Disney’s Golden Age, Dead At 84

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“Precocious and multitalented as a youth, the boyishly handsome Mr. Jones began his career as a teenage radio host and performer in amateur musical revues. He became a stage actor, and he and Jane Fonda made their Broadway debuts together. But it was not until the mid-1960s that he found his niche, as the affable, hapless, clean-cut Everyman in a series of genial family comedies produced by the Walt Disney Company, beginning in 1965 with That Darn Cat!

Oliver Sacks’s Final Article

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“Walter, previously a moderate eater, developed a ravenous appetite. ‘He started to gain weight,’ his wife later told me, ‘and his pants changed three sizes in six months.’ … He was also prone to getting ‘stuck’ in various activities – playing the piano, for example, for eight or nine hours at a time. Even more disquieting was the development of an insatiable sexual appetite.”

38-Year-Old Concert Pianist Beaten To Death; Husband Arrested

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“The husband of Russian pianist Natalia Strelchenko has been arrested after the musician was found murdered at their home in Newton Heath, Manchester. John Martin, 48, is understood to be the man police arrested on 30 August on suspicion of murdering the prodigious pianist and remains in police custody for questioning. He is a double bass player who also acted as the victim’s manager.”

Bloomberg Arts Editor Manuela Hoelterhoff Retires


“Manuela Hoelterhoff has decided to retire after 11 years during which she has written, edited and presided over more than 20,000 stories, weekend TV shows and radio segment on the arts, architecture, books and music, science, the Nazis and Hamlette … Manuela is one of the most versatile writers we’ve ever had and we will miss her wit and sharp pen.”

Dr. Oliver Sacks, Author Of ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat’ And So Much More, Dies At 82


“Describing his patients’ struggles and sometimes uncanny gifts, Dr. Sacks helped introduce syndromes like Tourette’s or Asperger’s to a general audience. But he illuminated their characters as much as their conditions; he humanized and demystified them. In his emphasis on case histories, Dr. Sacks modeled himself after a questing breed of 19th-century physicians.”

The Red-Baiting Of Lena Horne – And How She Overcame It


“Over the course of her long life, Lena Horne became a star of film, music, television, and stage, as well as a formidable force for civil rights. … Yet there was a brief period in the early 1950s when Horne’s career seemed to be over. … She continued to perform at nightclubs, but nobody in the TV or film industries would hire her.”

All The Stephen Colbert Stuff That Didn’t Make It Into The Time Cover Story


On why he had to leave The Colbert Report: “I still enjoyed it, but to model behavior, you have to consume that behavior on a regular basis. It became very hard to watch punditry of any kind, of whatever political stripe. … To change that expectation from an audience, or to change that need for me to be steeped in cable news and punditry, I had to actually leave. I had to change.” (includes plenty of video clips)

Reflecting On The Harry Potter Generation (Long After Harry Was Done)


“For an entire generation, Harry Potter is a core text; for many, it’s the core text, formative not only because of its content, but because of the collective experience of reading it. The long waits between books, the midnight release parties, the broad cross-cultural anticipation that was near-unprecedented in the book world at the time: for the massive number of people who read them as they were first published, these things are tied up in our memories of reading the books, and our lasting interpretations of their words.”

Why Marion True Should Definitely Write Her Memoir

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Christopher Knight: “Her hesitation is understandable, given the relentless, often inflammatory media glare that accompanied her unprecedented 2005 indictment by an Italian court on charges of being part of a stolen-art ring. … Settling history is more important. A central irony in the case remains unresolved.”

Quentin Tarantino Talks Casting, Barack Obama, And Cinematic Influence

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“I’m a legit filmmaker of my generation who’s leading the pack. Hitchcock saw his techniques done by other people, and that was all great. Spielberg saw his techniques copied – that just means you’re having an impact. … There’s a little part of me that thinks everything is influenced by me, but that’s just my own megalomania.”

Merl Reagle, Beloved Crossword Author, Dies Suddenly At 65

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“‘In the 1980s, a new group of puzzlemakers saw that crosswords were starting to remind them of their worst teachers from grade school,’ Mr. Reagle wrote in a 1997 article for The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Sunday magazine. ‘Wouldn’t it be more fun and attract more solvers if puzzles were a little more playful? Just a smidge trickier and a lot wittier?'”

A Man Who Brought Drumming Into The World’s Spotlight


}Over the years Mr. Rose appeared onstage or on the bill with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, the Rolling Stones and Peter Gabriel, and he was among those named as ‘living human treasures’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. He made his American debut in 1988 with a 30-member version of his orchestra at the Beacon Theater in New York, a performance featuring exuberant dancers and vivid costuming as a complement to the orchestra’s pulsing rhythms.”

Anna Shapiro Running Steppenwolf Theatre: Year Zero


“Shapiro is a star of sorts, the company’s 35th ensemble member (and one of the few nonactors in that group), acclaimed for muscular, lyrical relationship studies, the kind where a chair or two gets thrown. She is a Tony Award winner whose production of ‘August: Osage County’ remains intrinsic to Steppenwolf’s identity. Advance ticket sales alone for ‘Fish in the Dark; ($14.5 million) were about the same as Steppenwolf’s annual operating budget. And for the past few years she has added to her reputation by becoming a Broadway insurance plan of sorts, celebrity-whispering famous actors until they become believable, bankable presences onstage.”

The Man Who Made Tanglewood Chorus Cool


Before John Oliver arrived, choral pieces at Tanglewood were sung by whoever could be corralled among students in all branches of what was then called the Berkshire Music Center, plus anyone regularly at the Berkshires estate and concert venue—including maintenance and cafeteria workers. Auditioning was rudimentary: “Can you carry a tune? Do you have any free time?”

Joseph Scafidi, 94, Longtime Executive Director Of San Francisco Symphony


“Over the course of his long career, the Symphony’s activities grew from an 18-week season to its current year-round schedule, and the annual budget grew from $200,000 to more than $4 million. [He] worked closely with no fewer than five music directors, beginning with the legendary French conductor Pierre Monteux in the 1940s and continuing with Enrique Jordá, Josef Krips, Seiji Ozawa and Edo de Waart.”

Whatever Happened To Marion True?


Within months, she would lose her job, her career and leave the country. Once a curator so coveted she turned down a plum offer from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, True vanished so completely that one former boss, Barry Munitz, admitted in an interview this summer that he had no idea “where she is or what she’s doing.”