March 5, 2012 |
Newt Gingrich, whose well-developed sense of sarcasm always goes over well with his Republican supporters, was on a roll Monday evening as he regaled a ballroom of supporters near Knoxville with his account of President Obama's energy plan, and his own vow to reduce gasoline prices to $2.50 a gallon, which has evolved into a campaign slogan. On the eve of Super Tuesday, with Gingrich's presidential campaign potentially in the balance, the former House speaker has been campaigning hard in the South, particularly in his adopted state of Georgia, which he expects to win tomorrow.
February 5, 2012 |
"Cuckoo's Nest. " Sure, everyone's heard of it. But is it worth reading? Before Jack Nicholson won his first Oscar, before there was a bus full of merry pranksters, there was a writing student with a swing-shift job in a mental ward. It's the Ken Kesey of that era who stares from the jacket flap of the 50th anniversary edition of his debut novel, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest": His curly hair is cropped short, he wears a cotton work shirt and his gaze is steady. To someone of my generation - X-ish - he's almost unrecognizable.
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June 2, 2010 |
William A. "Bill" Fraker, a cinematographer who was nominated for six Academy Awards including for "Looking for Mr. Goodbar," "Heaven Can Wait" and "1941," died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 86 and had cancer. Fraker, a larger-than-life figure, was one of America's most respected cinematographers, known as much for the enduring images he crafted on classic movies like "Rosemary's Baby" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" as for his efforts to mentor young camera operators.
May 13, 2010
'Happiness Runs' Writer-director Adam Sherman's haunting early years growing up on a hippie commune inspired his semi-autobiographical "Happiness Runs," an astoundingly bad memory piece that blows its potential dramatic heft at every turn. Certainly, how the peace-and-love generation's experiment with group living may have turned rancid is a topic ripe for narrative dissection, but Sherman never finds a safe enough distance from his traumatic past to tell an effective story.
May 9, 2010 |
Most consumer reviews of the iPad mention, among other things, its sleek design ? and just what does sleekness mean? To our friend, Merriam-Webster, sleekness refers to being "smooth and shiny ?glossy, as a highly polished surface. " In the case of the iPad, though, I'd suggest adding "not made by human hands" ? for isn't that what it seems like? Its smooth surface, no exposed screws or fastenings ? it just doesn't feel like it was built: Instead, it seems like the clouds opened and this gadget arrived on the back of a dove.
April 11, 2010 |
Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo Migratory Birds and the Impending Ecological Catastrophe Michael McCarthy Ivan R. Dee: 266 pp., $26.95 "What would it mean to us if the spring-bringers stopped arriving?" Would it be like losing rainbows? Michael McCarthy wonders, or roses or hope or music? It's a new tactic -- asking us to imagine our world without the species, sounds and smells we take for granted. And it works. A sense of wonder is replaced with a strange hollow feeling -- one part guilt, one part regret and one part denial.