Monthly Archive for December, 2013

: December, 2013

In praise of Stephen Frears (& ‘Philomena’)

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is in the middle of a long tribute to the veteran Hollywood director George Cukor who worked steadily from the 1930s through the 1980s — racking up many classics —

‘Matilda’ and the challenges of child stage actors

It was fun to see the Broadway musical “Matilda” Christmas night thanks to my theater-loving brother. The show appeared on many end-of-the-year 10 best lists and it’s easy to see why — it’s a dark and

#FridayReads: MWA Grand Master Carolyn Hart

For me, the best news from the world of letters this month was the announcement that Carolyn Hart would be receiving the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America at next spring’s Edgar

Merry Christmas!

Should we give ‘Gone with the Wind’ the heave-ho?

If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gives its best picture prize to “12 Years a Slave” in two months it will, among other things, be a corrective for giving the same award to “Gone with

#FridayReads: ‘American Mirror’ — a deeper look at Rockwell

Critic and journalist Deborah Solomon makes a strong case for Norman Rockwell being one of the great 20th century American artists in her deeply researched and beautifully written new biography

Coming: Sue Monk Kidd’s devastating ‘Invention of Wings’

In a totally coincidental bit of synergy, Sue Monk Kidd’s new novel, “The Invention of Wings” (Viking) — which will be published Jan. 7 — dovetails perfectly with the completely unsentimental look at

#FridayReads: ‘Good News’ from n + 1 on multiple fronts

The three-times-a-year Brooklyn journal, n + 1, is always packed with an ecelectic mix of goods and Number Eighteen, which is called “Good News,” is no exception. The book-size publication includes a

Eleanor Parker — too versatile to be a star?

Although the role of the baroness in “The Sound of Music” was far from Eleanor Parker’s best movie work, her death at the age of 91 on Monday might have passed without much mention if she had not

‘My Mistake’: memoir balances personal & professional life

Daniel Menaker’s memoir “My Mistake” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is a slim volume of only 231 pages, but the author makes every page count. Menaker worked at The New Yorker magazine for more than 20