April 25, 2010 |
For my daughter, Sophie, it was like finding the goose that laid the golden egg. "Today was a Fairytale," Taylor Swift was singing from the stage at Staples Center, and Sophie, age 11, was singing every word along with her, waving a colored light stick back and forth above her head. Her grin was electric, her attention sharply focused; she wasn't missing anything. For the last year or so, Sophie has been a Taylor Swift obsessive ("I am Taylor's No. 1 fan!" read the sign she brought to the concert with us)
April 13, 2010 |
The beautiful young socialite slipped the businessman a note scrawled in eyeliner on a crumpled napkin. "Help me," it pleaded. She was a teenage Indonesian model who had married a Malaysian prince, but Manohara Odelia Pinot says her life with him was no fairy tale. Press accounts of her allegations of abuse and tales of her escape from an unhappy marriage have captivated this country, and further divided two nations that have long been Southeast Asian rivals. Known across Indonesia by her first name, which means "thief of hearts" in Sanskrit, Manohara is viewed here as a tragic heroine mistreated by an obsessed suitor who became outraged when she would not yield to his demands.
January 10, 2013 |
Costume designers for period films and fairy-tale flicks dominated the nominations for best achievement in costume design for the 85th annual Academy Awards announced this morning, including previous Oscar winners Colleen Atwood and Eiko Ishioka, nominated for "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Mirror Mirror," respectively. In addition to Atwood, who took home Oscars for her work on "Chicago," "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Alice in Wonderland," and Ishioka, who won for 1992's "Dracula" (and who passed away in January 2012 from pancreatic cancer)
April 25, 2011 |
Strange but true: The British public is simply not that excited about the royal wedding. According to the Economist, only a third of the population is definitely going to watch the nuptials on TV, while close to half are actively uninterested. My own secret source on the English streets (OK, it's my mum, who lives in a small town called Tring) reports that "people seem much less bothered" about Will and Kate than about Charles and Di in 1981. FOR THE RECORD: Americans on Britain: A commentary in the April 25 Calendar section about Americans' fairy-tale impression of Britain said that PBS is largely responsible for "maintaining the illusion that Britain is a country where everybody takes afternoon tea. " However, the headline erroneously referred to "high tea," which is a different meal.
December 11, 2011 |
Once upon a time - and by that we mean just a few months ago - it was the old-school horror genre that was being dusted off and repurposed into 21st century popular culture replete with wizards, werewolves, zombies and the hollow-cheeked vampires of the vanities. Today it's not horror stories but fairy tales seizing the collective imagination. For evidence, one need look no further than the fall TV schedule, where NBC rolled out "Grimm" (recasting fairy tales as crime procedurals)
January 18, 2008
Re "Obama's real fairy tale," Opinion, Jan. 15 Jonah Goldberg seems to dismiss Barack Obama's articulating hope. He claims it is a "fairy tale" that this nation can get beyond disagreement, and that democracy is about disagreement. Is Goldberg oblivious to the polarization that has thwarted the legislative process? I don't think Obama wants us to join hands and sing "Kumbaya," but he does want people to work across the aisle to resolve crucial issues. In striving to achieve that, we may again be inspired about who we are as a nation, where now so many of us are disillusioned.