Mike Nichols and the End of New York
Prolific director Mike Nichols impressed critics and charmed audiences, but his legacy has more to do with the vanishing urbane world he represented than the quality of his films.
Cosby the Showman
The bland new biography of Bill Cosby lets its subject slip from grasp, excluding much more than the now-infamous sexual assault charges.
A view of U.S. history through a whiskey glass reveals the central place of the bar in American life.
Bond, Aged but Unyielding
About ten minutes into the new James Bond film, I was already in love. Not because of the long, opening chase scene, which among its obligatory demolishment of fruit carts and motor vehicles, did feature one brilliantly iconic moment when Bond smartly straightens his cuffs after the narrowest of escapes. No, the moment I succumbed […]
Even More Rejects
The venerable publishing house Scribner recently published a new edition of Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel A Farewell to Arms, complete with all the many endings the author rejected. “I rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, 39 times before I was satisfied”, he told The Paris Review. Given a little […]
Maurice Sendak, R.I.P.
Incidences of writers taking ownership of words are few and far between. Moses or whoever wrote Genesis certainly owns begat; the authors of the Declaration own inalienable; and Maurice Sendak owns rumpus. I cannot hear the word without thinking of reading Where the Wild Things Are to my children. When we reached the moment when […]