October 24, 1991 |
A broken friendship and a lost opportunity frame a bitter behind-the-scenes prologue to Bill Henderson's "The Bitter End." Many of Henderson's decisions about how to make "The Bitter End" were shaped by an incident that began in 1989 when, he says, he and two associates came up with the idea for a film called "Roadside Prophets," an update of "Easy Rider," the '60s counterculture landmark that launched Jack Nicholson's career.
June 9, 1996 |
For the sake of a point, let's divide things this way: There is only one kind of people, but there are two kinds of questions. There are questions we ask each other. Did O.J. do it? Can Dole beat Clinton? Do I look better in red or green? And, there are questions we increasingly face alone, if at all. What is the meaning of life? The nature of God? Do we control technology or does it control us? We are socialized for the first group of questions.
February 16, 1986 |
The conventional wisdom is correct. Since the end of the Korean War, fewer and fewer large circulation magazines have published fiction (and even fewer serious poetry), but at the same time, the writing population of the United States seems to have increased--and certainly brushed up on its technique--probably as the result of the growing number of writing programs, most at the graduate level, some undergraduate, and proliferating summer workshops around the country. Where to publish, then?
June 9, 1996
The man I love hates technology, hates that he's forced to use it: telephones and microfilm, air conditioning, car radios and the occasional fax. He wishes he lived in the old world, sitting on a stump carving a clothespin or a spoon. He wants to go back, slip like lint into his great-great-grandfather's pocket, reborn as a pilgrim, a peasant, a dirt farmer hoeing his uneven rows. He walks when he can, through the hills behind his house, his dogs panting beside him like small steam engines.
November 26, 1986 |
Being between engagements is the seemingly constant state for actors and musicians. Being between careers is an even more demanding state for Bill Henderson, a man whose singing talents are known to the jazz world and whose character acting is known to television and film audiences. The pendulum now is swinging toward singing and the Chicago-born Henderson is preparing for his return to the jazz clubs. (He opens a two-night stint at Le Cafe on Friday.
February 8, 1990 |
Bill Henderson's opening night set at Hollywood's Catalina Bar & Grill on Tuesday started out with all the signs of a disaster in progress. The room was barely half full, his accompanying trio--Mike Darson on piano, Brian Bromberg on bass and Dave Karasony on drums--had limited familiarity with Henderson's arrangements, and the sound system was having problems adjusting the mix between singer and musicians.