“Mr. Broun applied informally to write criticism for The Post in 1998, although he had never published in a newspaper before. His gift for lively and informed prose was recognized immediately, and he was soon covering several concerts a week. [He] had the ability to convey serious musical information with a good-humored twist.”
“They included descendants of famous figures like Dred Scott, the plaintiff at the center of the infamous 1857 Supreme Court ruling, and Solomon Northup, the author of Twelve Years a Slave, … They arrived with photographs, books and rolling bags full of research materials, along with a shared conviction in the importance of taking history into their own hands.”
“It seemed fitting that, when in the 1980s the authorities wanted someone for a pre-recorded radio announcement telling Britain that it was under nuclear attack, they turned to him. It meant, he observed with typical wryness, that he became known as ‘the voice of doom’.”
“The success of Chariots of Fire was perhaps as improbable as that of Mr. Welland, who had once abandoned his dreams of acting to teach art. … Among his other credits was the screenplay for the 1989 film A Dry White Season, … [and] with Walter Bernstein, … the 1979 John Schlesinger film Yanks.”
“She was also his kittykin, his poochums, his mousikins, goosikins, monkeykins, sparrowling, kidlet – since he was not keeping a list he feared he might be repeating himself (he was); he worried he would run out of critters (he did not) – his skunky, his bird of paradise, his mothling, kitty-cat, roosterkin, mousie, tigercubkin.”
“For a long time, her audience has been prepared to forgive her inconsistencies because of the sense of adventure, courage and boldness she brings to the business of being a woman in public. Increasingly, as she has got older, it is what she does – putting herself out there – that is admirable, rather than what she says. It is hard not to have a sneaking admiration for someone who is prepared to expound her ideas with such verve. But some of the ideas themselves are quite disconcerting.”
“Ms. Rhimes has decided to continue her year of yes. One of her biggest takeaways from the experience was learning to have difficult conversations. She now asks employees to speak up about their problems, and in her personal life, she has become more outspoken about her boundaries, such as not wanting to get married. ‘Across the field of difficult conversation lies serenity,’ she says, because ‘whatever the outcome’s going to be, at least you know.'”
“Molinaro, the basset-hound-faced character actor who was known for playing Al Delvecchio, the harried diner owner on the long-running sitcom ‘Happy Days’ — and who recommended a little-known comic named Robin Williams to portray an alien named Mork on a 1978 episode of the show — died on Friday.”
“‘The world of Lucious Lyon is one of art and extravagance and taste, some good and some bad,’ Chaiken said. ‘It’s an over-the-top world, which Caroline totally understands. She gets Lee’s sensibilities and understands how we care about authenticity and provenance.'”
“The stories in question were found to contain descriptions, phrases and sentences that duplicate or closely resemble work that was previously published elsewhere. An NPR.org copy editor uncovered the connections last week while working on one of Brian Wise’s stories.”
“When I think about how I understand my role as citizen, setting aside being president, and the most important set of understandings that I bring to that position of citizen, the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels”.
“Affable despite his elusiveness, Lynch seems [in an early interview] less to be stonewalling than striving to verbalize daunting concepts with a vocabulary that might politely be termed basic. … It’s clear from the 1979 footage – and from almost every interview he has done since – that words do not come easily to him. … Lynch has said, more than once, that he had to ‘learn to talk,’ and his very particular, somewhat limited vocabulary seems in many ways an outgrowth of his aesthetic.”
Perhaps no one has given more money to Northwest arts organizations. But Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s arts philanthropy is changing in a big way. And the region is wondering what is in store.
“The 8th Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals ruled by a majority vote that [Fazil] Say’s Twitter posts, which had led to his sentence on grounds of ‘insulting religious beliefs held by a section of society,’ should be regarded as freedom of thought and expression and thus should not be punished.”
“Celebrated for his interpretations of songs by Cole Porter, Antônio Carlos Jobim and other great songwriters, … he ranged from bebop to ballads, torch songs to scat singing, from vocalizing Kerouac’s poetry to experimenting with rhythms inspired by the whistle that summoned his neighbors in upstate New York to the local wool mill.”
“During his five decades as a critic, French watched more than 2,500 movies, published several books and received an OBE for his services to film in 2013.”
“In the course of more than half a century, his quips, aphorisms, insults, and punch lines amounted to a self-portrait, airbrushed so as to highlight his favorite warts: Olympian detachment, patrician hauteur. It was an act, a put-on – perhaps the most effective double bluff in the history of literary P.R.”
Yes, it seems Charlie Brown’s beagle really irked some folks. (Daniel Mendelsohn: “[He’s] so self-involved, he doesn’t even realize he’s not human.” Sarah Boxer begs to differ: “Snoopy may be shallow in his way, but he’s also deep, and in the end deeply alone, as deeply alone as Charlie Brown is. Grand though his flights are, many of them end with his realizing that he’s tired and cold and lonely and that it’s suppertime.”
“As Hedwig prepares a national tour, its creator talks with our editors about the show’s genesis, ’90s New York, and socialist project management.”
In Gigi, “the delicate Delorme (who was followed by Audrey Hepburn on stage and Leslie Caron in the Hollywood musical) was perfectly cast as a young girl trained as a courtesan by her aunt, but who opts for true love and marriage to a rake whom she reforms.”
“When that film process first came into use, nothing seemed to show off its splendor better than her rich red hair, bright green eyes and flawless peaches-and-cream complexion. One critic praised her in an otherwise negative review of the 1950 film ‘Comanche Territory’ with the sentiment ‘Framed in Technicolor, Miss O’Hara somehow seems more significant than a setting sun.'”
With her husband, Bill, who died in 2007, she was a leading supporter of the performing arts in their hometown of Edmonton, Alberta and in Dallas, to which the Winspears moved in 1975.
“A raspy-voiced Brooklynite who co-starred with John Astin in the early-1960s sitcom I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster,” Ingels appeared on sitcoms like The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Addams Family and in such films as The Horizontal Lieutenant and Wild and Wonderful; among his many voice roles was Pac-Man. “But he was best known as half of what many thought to be one of Hollywood’s oddest couples.”
“At our house, even as an adult, I was always daddy’s little girl—his reading and conversation partner. But in other ways, I think I fell short of his fantasy. I think he had hoped my sexuality as a woman would be crisp and refined, but I wasn’t the delicate girl under the big hat. I ate butter with a fork.”
For thirty-five years at Harvard, George Scialabba did his clerical duties, and then wrote commanding philosophical essays after work.
“‘I don’t consider myself political, but I am an artistic activist,’ said the soprano, whose grandparents survived the 1915 genocide. ‘I grew up hearing their stories. To this day, I feel their pain, because their pain wasn’t resolved.'”
Jedediah Purdy acknowledges the truth of Kathryn Schulz’s takedown: “He was, in fact, a miserable asshole, … and the writing he is best remembered for sucks.” And yet: Henry Thoreau was a genuine American weirdo. He did not believe in niceness, or even civility, but in justice. … Thoreau is no model, but he is a useful and difficult conversation partner across the centuries, a difficult friend as he was a difficult citizen.”
“Mr. Anderson brought a deep understanding of masters like Piero della Francesca, Velázquez, Poussin and Degas to his still lifes, portraits, landscapes and streetscapes, while applying a modern twist that lifted them from the common run of academic realism.”
“Instead of using her $75,000 to ‘pay the rent,’ La Bissonnière wants to use it for a dream project – most likely, to publish a book on her philosophy of “poetic space” that would also be an illustrated retrospective of her career.”
With the first volume of his memoir – titled The Arab of the Future – Riad Sattouf “[has] emerged as France’s best-known graphic novelist … Not since Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of her childhood in Khomeini’s Iran, has a comic book achieved such crossover appeal in France. … [Yet] he claims to have forgotten the Arabic he learned in Syria, has no Arab friends, doesn’t follow the news from the Middle East, and knows no one in the Paris-based Syrian opposition.”