October 24, 2013 |
As a teenager in the 1970s, I learned about the paranoid style of American politics from the Kennedy assassination. Between seventh grade, when I discovered the Warren Commission report, and my junior year in high school, when I wrote a term paper "proving" that there had been three gunmen in Dealey Plaza, I was a kid obsessed. I read every book about the assassination I could get my hands on; I bought a bootleg Super 8 copy of the Zapruder film from the classifieds in Argosy magazine.
June 25, 2013 |
In “The Assassination of Leon Trotsky,” a world premiere at the Odyssey, Peter Lefcourt, a playwright and Emmy-winning television writer-producer, slips his chain. The play has been subtitled “A Comedy,” but it's clear that Lefcourt intends an out-and-out farce. But in farce, catastrophe gallops through a slammed boudoir door or five, catching its characters hilariously unawares. In “Trotsky,” the characters embrace chaos deliberately and without motivation, a soggy approach that considerably dampens the humor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1992
I agree that the classified files on the J.F.K. assassination will probably not contain any blockbuster revelations or a "smoking gun," but it might indirectly answer some questions and pose new ones. To read the Warren Report is to see the heart of the lie, a well-thought-out, well-directed and masterfully choreographed lie. We the people, not just lawyers and politicians, have read the Warren Report and see it for what it truly is--a verbose fabrication and myopic view of what some individuals would have us believe is history.
October 25, 2013 |
On the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the turgid melodrama of "As the World Turns" was suddenly interrupted by grave news from the real world. In Dallas, three shots had been fired at President John F. Kennedy's motorcade. Fifty-eight minutes later, a visibly moved Walter Cronkite would confirm the unthinkable: The president was dead. For the ensuing three days, Americans gathered around their televisions in a rite of collective mourning as the three broadcast networks abandoned their regularly scheduled programming to provide uninterrupted news coverage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1991
If we were able to bring Rajiv Gandhi back to life, we would do so. So would we, if we could, turn back the clock to before his assassination to prevent it. Since we cannot, we must look beyond this tragedy to what it symbolizes and ask ourselves if such human behavior must continue to be accepted? Is this not the time when we must assume the responsibility to avoid such occurrences in the future? Given all of the diversity in the human realm, including the diversity in perspective and will, we must now focus our attention on means for peaceful reconciliation of the natural differences that exist among us which sometimes lead to destructive human conflict.
June 5, 2013 |
The spring and summer of 1968 were an agony for the United States, especially for young Americans and black Americans. In April, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. In June, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, here in Los Angeles, in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel kitchen on Wilshire Boulevard. And in August, police in Chicago beat and gassed young people protesting the Vietnam War and the political system at the Democratic National Convention. Wednesday -- tonight -- is the 45th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.
October 3, 2013 |
"Parkland" hangs on a split second on Nov. 22, 1963, when a president was shot, a country was wounded and a city was brought to its knees. This unsettling film zeros in on the initial impact - just four days - for those closest to the president, for the many ordinary people of Dallas who became involved, and for a city that would begin to wear the assassination of John F. Kennedy like a shroud. It is the way in which ordinary acts began to define an extraordinary moment in history, and the residue of regret that would stay with the city, that Peter Landesman's new film seeks to mine.
February 19, 2010 |
To its planners, the assassination of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud Mabhouh must have first seemed like the perfect spy operation. They slipped into Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, on fraudulent travel papers. They quietly killed the militant leader long wanted by Israel, reportedly smothering him with a pillow, and discreetly left the country. But now the entire episode appears to have gone terribly out of control, more Coen brothers than John le Carre, with police releasing images of the alleged operatives in shorts and baseball caps traipsing around the corridors of the hotel where Mabhouh stayed, fumbling with their bags and looking straight at surveillance cameras.