October 12, 1999 |
Most of us weren't paying attention, and that was part of the problem. During the years 1995-98, we were jogging along as usual, reading books, watching TV and sending a little e-mail, while in warp speed "Internet time" a would-be revolution in online entertainment got off the ground, wobbled furiously and crashed. The corporate landscape was littered with the wreckage of start-up firms. Hundreds of millions of dollars were lost. What happened?
June 19, 1999
Your paper has recently been addressing the issue of sex and violence on television. There has been, and still is, some quality programming on television--you just have to know where to look. When I wanted an interesting, thought-provoking program, I used to watch "Babylon 5." There, I could get a dose of interesting characters dealing with real-life issues (no matter the alienness of the space setting), while forming complex relationships. It was interesting, intelligent and never gratuitous in dealing with sex or violence.
September 28, 1997 |
When the Rolling Stones mobilize for a tour, it's a model of organization and enterprise. Stage a splashy press conference, unfurl the tongue icon, design the merchandise, book the stadiums, hook a sponsor. Anything else? Oh, right, an album. Disney doesn't need a "Fantasia" in theaters to keep Disneyland the happiest place on Earth, and the Stones don't need a new "Exile on Main Street" to anchor a tour. But, really, they could act a little more interested than this.
September 25, 1997 |
OK, what's next for the Rolling Stones? The question may sound a bit premature, given that the band just launched its worldwide "Bridges to Babylon" tour before 54,000 fans Tuesday night at Soldier Field here. But this tour is a slam dunk. Unlike U2's unfocused "PopMart" affair, Tuesday's "Bridges" show--which centered on the band's '60s and '70s tunes--was a winner on both musical and technical levels. The large video screen above the stage was breathtaking in its clarity.
October 27, 1996 |
A valentine from the Taviani Brothers--modern masters of Italian film neo-realism--to the silent American cinema--and the epic genius of D.W. Griffith (deftly played by Charles Dance, pictured). The story focuses on two Italian emigre church-builders (Vincent Spano, Joaquim de Almeida) hired to make the elephants for the Babylon set of "Intolerance." (Bravo Saturday at 2 p.m.).
October 20, 1996 |
" . . . A moment of optimism in American political life, in the immediate aftermath of Watergate and the exposure of that scandal, was betrayed and destroyed. What's remarkable, indeed, is how the Nixon era, when contrasted with the current state of affairs, seems like an age of enlightenment and promise. Most people still looked upon government as a positive good, capable of redressing economic and social injustices.
August 18, 1996 |
In the beginning of John Rechy's new novel, "Our Lady of Babylon," Eve tells her version of the Creation. "There was a flower that bloomed only in Eden, a flower so glorious it did not need the decoration of leaves. Its color is long gone from the world because it was exiled with me and my beloved. "When he saw me for the first time, as I lay within the verdure of Eden, my Adam plucked a blossom from the leafless stem. He knelt and with its petals grazed my body.
April 8, 1996 |
In the first week of April 1968, in what readers of George Garrett's new novel will only provisionally call the real world, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. In the novel's overlapping fictional worlds, a midget evangelist and a local girl, a religious mystic, are slain in the sleepy central Florida town of Paradise Springs. The evangelist's 300-pound common-law wife and his manager are convicted of murder.