This is how film criticism changed forever: Kael “was on her way out the door at TNR when she penned a lengthy (roughly seven thousand words) essay on Bonnie and Clyde, which the magazine politely declined. Too long, they told her. Her agent, Robert Mills, reached out to William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker; they had published a more free-form Kael essay, “Movies on Television,” earlier that summer. Maybe he’d like to take a look?”
The list of performers who came to sing Sondheim and so much more is long, and those who couldn’t be there in person sent audio and video songs as well. “In at least one moment, Ms. Cook seemed to signal that she was hearing them, according to [singer Jessica] Molaskey. ‘We started singing and she lifted her finger up to her mouth. … She tapped her lips twice and I thought she was singing with us.'”
Aside from Wonder Woman and a few others, this was the entire summer for Hollywood: “Now the chickens of failure have come home to roost.”
A man who buys art in estate sales snagged the entire contents of a house – and that happened to include the “Woman-Ochre,” stolen from the University of Arizona Museum of Art in the 1980s. He was going to hang it in his own house until people in his shop noticed it was a de Kooning – and a Google search led him to the truth.
“The boat belongs in Washington, a city both blessed and socially determined by its rivers. The nation’s capital was founded at the confluence of the Potomac and the Anacostia, near the ports of Georgetown and Alexandria, and is home to the country’s oldest naval base. At times, the city has embraced its river setting, most significantly in 1901 when the McMillan Plan created the Mall, new parks along the waterfront and Memorial Bridge, which created a symbolic (though often illusory) post-Civil War rapprochement between the North and the South by joining the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington Cemetery.”
When he first arrived in the City of Brotherly Love, to attend Curtis, Lenny described it as “a city of dust and grit and horror.” And while one of those near-death experiences was metaphorical, a professional disaster, the other was real: he nearly got shot. David Patrick Stearns has the stories (and others, too).
“‘BookTubers’ as they are (slightly irritatingly) known, post videoed book reviews on YouTube and many rack up hundreds of thousands – even millions – of views. … Who could have predicted that, in the age of smartphones, video games and constant distraction, a vast audience of young people would be clamouring for broadcast literary coverage?”