When the great, irreplaceable Rosemary Clooney died, she left her lifetime collection of musical arrangements-a 60-year career of archival-status treasures, from soup to nuts-to Debby Boone. Not to the ASCAP, the Smithsonian or the Salvation Army, but to Pat Boone’s little girl. This is not as odd as it seems. The only thing Rosie loved Read More
What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America , by Thomas Frank, Metropolitan Books, 306 pages, $24.
Eight years ago, on the night of his election to the U.S. Senate, Sam Brownback declared, “As Kansas goes, so goes the nation.” If that’s true, Thomas Frank’s What’s the Matter with Kansas? Read More
Ahoy, matey! You are 12 years old and back on the briny, so fully engrossed in the sweat-soaked pages of your dog-eared copy of Captain Horatio Hornblower you don’t even hear your mom calling you to dinner. You have never heard of computer technology, you have not yet cynically lost the ability or the imagination Read More
To: Jayson Blair, c/o David Vigliano Literary Agency, New York
From: Myndee Brady-Stahr, Director of Development, Trans-National Pictures, Culver City, Calif.
Hi. It was a delight to speak with you on the phone yesterday.
Everybody here at Trans-National is really excited that you decided to sell us your Read More
New Year’s Eve in Times Square: Cops with metal detectors manned all entrance points. Mailboxes were removed. Snipers were at the ready on rooftops. On NPR, a reporter sounded out the security measures in calm, reporter-y tones. Leaving work near Grand Central, I said to my officemate, “Happy New Year-watch out for the snipers, ha Read More
The right wing in this country would die for their guns, while some of the rest of us do just that. They are jingoists down to the bone, and their patriotism has always smacked of smug, clichéd cliquishness to me. But the peace movement shaking its mothballed, tie-dyed head before our very eyes is a Read More
Much as I like the sound of my own words, there are times when it’s better to sit back and let someone else do the talking:
When Calvin Coolidge began his first elective Presidential term the tide of the American industrial and commercial boom of the twenties was almost at its full. Prices and employment Read More
For the past three summers, Francis has put in five weeks from mid-June to mid-July at the wonderful Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Kelly, Wyo. At the end of the session, either his mother or I fly west to attend the baccalaureate rodeo and closing festivities and bring him home.
This year it was my Read More
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton , by Jane Smiley. Knopf, 452 pages, $26.
The Civil War rages everywhere. There’s Cold Mountain and Cloudsplitter , Russell Banks’ huge novel about John Brown, and Jacob’s Ladder , by Donald McCaig, an earnest tome subtitled “A Story of Virginia During the War”–no need to ask Read More