April 28, 2002 |
Stanley Martin Lieber was a nonconformist who dreamed of writing the Great American Novel but settled for comic books that paid the rent and were signed "Stan Lee." Although many of his peers simplified their language and themes for young readers, Lee, a voracious reader of H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Shakespeare and the Bible, turned his comic book stories into modern-day equivalents of English morality plays, Greek tragedies and simple melodramas.
April 29, 1990 |
The outbreak of the Palestinian insurgence in December, 1987, introduced a new Arabic word to the Western political lexicon: intifada (uprising). This acceptance of Palestinian semantics may be a small victory--many literate Americans still are uncomfortable pronouncing the word--but it reveals that the uprising has changed certain dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And now, here are the books--two of them titled "Intifada"--to prove it. The story has at least two significant human dramas.
August 12, 1990
We would like to know whether Prof Beit-Hallahmi, who reviewed "Every Spy a Prince: The Complete History of Israel's Intelligence Community" by Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman (July 29), is an Israeli Arab or Israeli Jew. DONALD and HARRIET LEVENSON TARZANA Editor's Note: Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi is an Israeli Jew.
August 16, 2012 |
Walt Disney Co.'s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment gave it the Hulk, Iron Man and other superheroes to fuel summer blockbusters for years to come. It also got Ike Perlmutter. Marvel's chief executive is hardly a household name. But Disney's purchase of the comic book publisher made Perlmutter one of the largest individual shareholders in the entertainment conglomerate, giving him special powers all his own. Superheroes are big business in Hollywood, accounting for three of the top-grossing films in the U.S. this year: Marvel's"The Avengers,""The Dark Knight Rises" and"The Amazing Spider-Man.
August 26, 1990
Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi's review of our book "Every Spy a Prince: The Complete History of Israel's Intelligence Community" (Book Review, July 29) is an exercise in professional disinformation. As an Israeli resident and commentator on its defense, Beit-Hallahmi knows full well how Israel censorship works. We did not "volunteer to submit" our manuscript to the military censor, as he asserted. As explained in our acknowledgements, some chapters (roughly half the book) written by Yossi Melman were submitted to the authorities, not because we volunteered but (because)
September 9, 1990
Concluding his analysis of "Every Spy a Prince: The Complete History of Israel's Intelligence Community" (July 29), Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi snipes, "This book should be taken with an industrial-strength grain of salt." My hunch, after reading his every word, is that the same charge can and should be leveled at Prof. Beit-Hallahmi. From beginning to end, he very obviously is anti-Israel, completely lacking in any sort of objectivity. Is this because he's really as pro-Palestinian as he sounds, or because he has authored a book of his own on the same subject ("The Israeli Connection: Who Arms Israel, and Why?"