The plight of impoverished Africans is all the rage with film people lately. Again!
At The Constant Gardener premiere, Rachel Weisz arrived in a backless teal gown by Narcisco Rodriguez and Cartier earrings. She was followed closely by a handler who let the young journos know that they were to ask only about the movie Read More
The Republican Party no doubt figured it had gotten rid of a nasty problem when its U.S. Senators elected William Frist of Tennessee as majority leader to replace the disgraced Trent Lott. After all, Senator Frist has been declared, by himself and by friends in the media, as nothing less than the Beltway’s answer to Read More
People hate reading about budgets. Budgets are often not only depressing, but tedious and difficult to comprehend. If citizens are to pay attention, the budget debate has to be a lot more entertaining. So, from now on-or at least until 2004-think of the federal budget as a caper movie: The Great Treasury Robbery .
In Read More
Well, well, well, so it wasn’t that gang of marauding, African-American teenagers “wilding” through the white man’s part of Central Park who raped and all but murdered a young woman 12 years ago. At the time, the case gave the inhabitants of ZIP code 10021 such a bad case of the shivers that you could Read More
World’s Oldest Parking Debacle
Brings Motorists to Blows
When is the average New Yorker at greatest risk? Could it be while standing on the packed 72nd Street and Broadway subway platform at rush hour as a train approaches? Hardly. Is it when the F.B.I. announces a “code red” (or is it “code orange”?) terrorist Read More
Earlier this summer at a media forum in Cambridge,
John Scherlis, a zoologist, rose from the audience to issue a challenge to Hollywood.
“All the best data show that the great apes are headed for
extinction,” he said. “Possibly in just 20 years. Best case, 100-but that will
only be isolated pockets of apes Read More
Sometime in the 17th century, there developed the notorious “Triangle Trade”: rum and shoddy goods from New England to Africa; slaves from Africa to what would become the Old Confederacy; tobacco, sugar, molasses and cotton from the South to New England.
In the Era of Globalization, there has developed what I think of as the Read More
Kim Basinger, African Queen
Weaned on Technicolor adventures about the Dark Continent like King Solomon’s Mines and Mogambo , I’ve always had a weakness for movies about the challenges of Africa. Lions and tigers and crocs, oh my! So I am pleased to report that I Dreamed of Africa fulfills my lust for danger and Read More
With the JVC Jazz Festival and the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival wrapped up, it seems fair to conclude that June in New York has been officially designated as Jazz Burnout Month. (The mind’s eye sees Rudy Giuliani making the announcement into a sea of hungry mikes.) Even the festival post-mortems in The New York Times Read More
True at First Light , by Ernest Hemingway. Scribner, 320 pages, $26.
“Honey, you are a little lion-wacky,” the narrator tells his wife. She answers: “Who has more right to be? Of course I am. But I take lions seriously.” This exchange of Tracy-and-Hepburn banter occurs roughly a third of the way through the new Read More