Something’s wrong with the baseball standings in the papers and online.
No one’s interested in reading the classic divisional standings; we know who won now, only two out of six races are in play, Detroit vs Minnesota in the AL Central, and LA vs San Diego in the NL West. Baseball fans are Read More
Rumors that Elaine Stritch has a heart of marble are greatly exaggerated. Now in the middle of her sold-out seven-week cabaret debut at the Café Carlyle, she proves once and all, and for all and sundry, what I’ve long suspected: Behind the hard-boiled exterior of a lady prosecutor with the personality of a hanging judge Read More
Rumors that Elaine Stritch has a heart of marble are greatly exaggerated. Now in the middle of her sold-out seven-week cabaret debut at the Café Carlyle, she proves once and all, and for all and sundry, what I’ve long suspected: Behind the hard-boiled exterior of a lady prosecutor with the personality of a hanging Read More
It was quite the day.
New Yorkers woke up and learned from a New York Post front-page “exclusive” that
Democratic nominee John Kerry had chosen U.S. Representative Richard Gephardt of
Missouri to be his running mate. That newspaper is now worth 25 bucks on the
Mr. Gephardt- twice a failed candidate for President-was Read More
Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy , by Jane Leavy. HarperCollins, 256 pages, $23.95.
In the spring of 1966, before there was a functioning players’ union-let alone talk of revenue-sharing-Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax approached the Los Angeles Dodgers’ general manager, Buzzie Bavasi, in tandem, and demanded $1 million, to be split evenly between the Read More
When I started this column about 15 years ago, in the first issue of this paper, I called it “The Midas Watch” in recognition of the revival in the 1980′s of an idea that had been suppressed in American public life for the better part of six decades: namely, that wealth represents a form of Read More
Lasse Hallstrom’s The Cider House Rules , from John Irving’s screenplay and based on his novel, represents to my knowledge and in my memory the first American mainstream movie to make an unqualified pro-choice case for abortion. Moreover, its two sympathetic co-protagonists, Tobey Maguire’s Homer Wells and Michael Caine’s Dr. Wilbur Larch, are shown performing Read More
Whatever He Is, Spacey’s Damn Good
American Beauty may be the best movie of the year. Certainly I have not seen anything this good in 1999, and I seriously doubt I will see anything better. It is the best way I can think of to end an old millennium and begin a new one-the kind Read More