Jeff Greenfield’s If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History is, as is clear from the title, a bit of speculative history. Everyone—especially this year, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the 35th president—knows that Kennedy died in Dallas in 1963. What this book presupposes is…maybe he didn’t?
With literally thousands of books devoted to the Kennedy presidency and assassination, it’s hard to claim definitively that If Kennedy Lived is the silliest. Even if you could, one must consider the countless other cultural products the devilishly handsome and tragically doomed chief executive has inspired: an Oliver Stone movie starring Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison, the only man to ever prosecute anyone in connection with the assassination (JFK); quasi-fictional portraits of Lee Harvey Oswald by Don DeLillo and Norman Mailer; a Canadian miniseries starring Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy; a new Roger Stone book that claims LBJ murdered the president; the last line in the Nicolas Cage-Sean Connery movie The Rock. (Cage, playing Dr. Stanley Goodspeed, the FBI’s top chemical weapons specialist, to his wife: “Honey, uh, you wanna know who really killed JFK?”)
On Wednesday afternoon, a few short hours before Sarah Palin was to take the stage for her big speech, Jeff Greenfield, the senior political correspondent for CBS News, sized up the Alaskan Governor.
His mind turned to cinema. "I’m trying to think of all the cultural examples about feisty women from nowhere who show up Read More
At last, a smart, informed debate about Iraq. Not from the two Skull and Boneheads running for President. In your dreams. Rather, there’s James Fallows’ impressively reported piece in The Atlantic, “Bush’s Lost Year,” and Gregg Easterbrook’s rapid response, a thought-provoking critique of Mr. Fallows in The New Republic Online for Sept. 13: “Freedom Core.” Read More
Rob Dodd, a 25-year-old aspiring actor, moved to Los Angeles on Feb. 1 after four years in the East Village. On Feb. 5, he and a friend went hiking in Tamescal Canyon. After two hours, he took a break and sat on a rock.
“I didn’t see the snake. It bit me on the Read More
Wednesday, June 6
Do you remember a television show called Heat Vision and Jack ? Created by Ben Stiller, it featured High Fidelity ‘s Jack Black as Jack Austin, a renegade, super-intelligent astronaut accompanied by his equally cerebral talking motorcycle, Heat Vision, voiced by Bottle Rocket ‘s Owen Wilson. Jack and his chatty bike crisscross Read More
“Sometimes I go out and talk to people and they say, ‘Well, you know, I watch Equal Time and then I watch The O’Reilly Factor and then I watch Larry King and then I watch you . And I say, ‘You know, you ought to turn off the TV set. You don’t have a life. Read More