Monthly Archive for August, 2014

: August, 2014

‘Why Football Matters’: a life shaped by sports

Penguin Press is publishing a wonderful coming of age memoir on Thursday, “Why Football Matters,” by Mark Edmundson. The author, who teachers English at the University of Virginia, makes a strong,

A look back at ‘The Forgotten Fifties’

In a nice bit of synchronicity last week, I had a chance to interview the longtime publisher of LOOK magazine — Tom Shepard, Jr. of Greenwich — just as a new Skira/Rizzoli book, “The Forgotten

#FridayReads ‘Mean Streak’ by Sandra Brown

The end of summer is a drag for those of us who relish getting that extra time in to read while relaxing on a beach — and to read purely for pleasure. In recent years, two of the best suspense writers

‘The Normal Heart’ arrives on DVD

The very strong HBO version of the Larry Kramer play “The Normal Heart” got shut-out in most categories at the Emmy Awards ceremony Monday night, but it took the prize for best TV movie. The loss in

‘Personal’: a master entertainer’s 19th novel

There is at least one positive aspect to the looming end of summer. Delacorte Press will release the 19th Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child — “Personal” — next Tuesday and it pleases me to report that

‘No Static at All’: lost friendship and Steely Dan

Alex Knox scored one of the hits of the just-ended New York International Fringe Festival with his powerful one-man performance piece “No Static at All.” Already well received on the West Coast where

The devolution of Mel Gibson

The big male movie stars of the 1980s rarely teamed up together in the same pictures. Whether due to ego or budget issues, Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger were

#FridayReads ‘Heroes Are My Weakness’ by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I’ve said it before, but I am so lucky to write about books for the Hearst papers in Connecticut. Doing feature stories on authors who come to  Connecticut on tour has pushed me out of my comfort zone

‘Leo’s Room’: a coming of age story with a difference

Hollywood so often takes a one-crisis-per-customer approach to personal dramas that it is refreshing to see the ambitious little movie “Leo’s Room” give its protagonist a more lifelike series of

‘Breathless’: The ‘Mad Men’ era in England

A new and very addictive British TV series, “Breathless,” is debuting on PBS “Masterpiece” Sunday night. The six-episode first season will be shown two-episodes a week between August 24 and September