April 22, 2014 |
The cheers were louder, the runners more determined, the tears of joy and relief at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday more heartfelt than ever. And yes, the security was tighter. But on a brilliant spring day, the city brought to grief by terrorist bombings one year earlier sprinted back in the resolute style of the runners who tore through quiet suburbs and charming town squares to the finish line, where the roars grew deafening as Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win the marathon since 1983.
April 20, 2014
Mixed views on Charleston I'm glad Alice Short highlighted the most troubling aspect of visiting Charleston, S.C., in her cover article ["In a New Light," April 13]. What is on the surface one of America's finest historic towns was built and maintained by enslaved African Americans whose history is mostly hidden and unspoken, while the Confederate past is celebrated. The only thing that "saved" our stay in Charleston was Alphonso Brown's wonderful Gullah Tour ( www.gullahtours.com )
April 15, 2014 |
While Jon Hamm's "Mad Men" character Don Draper tends to bottle up his emotions, the actor Jon Hamm is very free with his -- so free he's helping "Sesame Street" explain a few emotions to its young audience. With the help of the resident "Sesame Street" TV host, Murray, Hamm runs through "frustrated," "guilty" and "amazed. " Check it out in the video above. It's about time someone explained "amazed," honestly, given the word's frequency of use these days. With "guilty," well, we're happy to see Hamm re-creating that one without the stereotypical celebrity mug shot accompaniment!
April 15, 2014 |
The Times is pleased to have Amy Purdy, who won a bronze medal in snowboardcross at the 2014 Paralympics , guest-blogging for us while she competes on "Dancing With the Stars" with pro partner Derek Hough. This week, Purdy talks about Week 5 of the competition, in an email Q&A. Judging entirely by the rehearsal footage they air on the show, this seemed to be your most frustrating week. What has been the hardest part of appearing on the show? The hardest part of appearing on the show has been when I've come upon times where my legs wouldn't allow me to do what I wanted to do, to move the way I wanted to, the way I felt like I should be able to. That's frustrating, feeling like I could do it, if not for my legs. That's something I felt more than ever this week, because the nature of the waltz forced me into positions that were very challenging. But those feelings of frustration, which are feelings I have felt many times before in my life, are also the catalyst to getting creative and figuring out a way to do want I want to do, even when it appears that my prosthetics have reached their limits. That's something that Derek has taken to very well throughout my time on the show, finding creative solutions.
April 11, 2014 |
When growing up in Singapore, filmmaker Anthony Chen's family had a maid from the Philippines, a woman he and his two younger brothers called Aunt Terry. But the family had to downsize in 1997 due to the Asian financial crisis, which plummeted the stock market and caused massive unemployment. They had to let Aunt Terry go and she returned to her hometown province of Iloilo in the Philippines. In 2013, Chen's film "Ilo Ilo" based on his childhood experiences was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival.
April 10, 2014 |
An alternately delicate and brutal retelling of the memoir by former World War II British Army officer Eric Lomax, "The Railway Man" is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history. Colin Firth plays Lomax in 1980, more than 35 years after being tortured at a Japanese labor camp in Thailand. He learns that Takashi Nagase, the Japanese interpreter at the helm of that cruel, unforgettable punishment, is still alive. Lomax will eventually cross continents to confront his erstwhile captor and hopefully quell the post-traumatic stress disorder that has plagued the self-dubbed "railway enthusiast" for decades.