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In the 40 years since Harper Lee's now-legendary novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," was first published, it has evolved into a key classroom tool for teachers trying to engage students in such issues as racism, intolerance and the personal costs of taking a moral stand. Yet, some educators have been taking a more critical view of the novel, which explores attempts by fictional white lawyer Atticus Finch to defend a black man wrongly accused of rape, and of the lessons it contains for the classroom.
February 1, 2006 | David Ehrenstein, DAVID EHRENSTEIN is a freelance film journalist and author.
HOLLYWOOD LIBERAL. To hear it from conservative pundits that's one word, not two. But is the "misguided idealism" of liberals (as the right would have it) truly at one with the multimillion-dollar mainstream fantasies manufactured in Tinseltown? That critique would seem especially apropos after "Brokeback Mountain," the gay cowboy picture (and let's face facts, folks, it is a gay cowboy picture) was nominated Tuesday for eight Oscars, including locks on at least three.
April 2, 2012
'American Masters' Where: KOCE When: Margaret Mitchell: 9 p.m.; Harper Lee: 10 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-PG-L (may be unsuitable for young children with an advisory for coarse language)
September 2, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
They wait like pilgrims, queuing silently, bearing volumes for inscription and awaiting a chance to touch the hem of his garment. They're not Franciscans approaching Assisi but earnest readers rushing bookstores and cultural temples for word -- wisdom, solace, salvation? -- from on high. Or turning on the TV, opening a newspaper, for insight from their favorite authors. But what if the creator won't come down from the mountain, won't comment on the reasons for his creation?
April 22, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Sundance Channel's "Rectify" is the first and possibly only television show one can imagine Flannery O'Connor blogging about. It isn't just good TV, it's revelatory TV. The genre's biggest potential game changer since AMC debuted the one-two punch of "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad. " "Television can do that?" we asked in wonder as Don Draper squinted in cultural allegory over his Scotch on the rocks. Yes it can, and now, thanks to creator Ray McKinnon and the cast of "Rectify," television can also immerse the viewer in a gloriously rich and careful study of how endurance and faith, strength and surrender, fear and serenity balance to form the essential nature of humanity.
October 11, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
"To Kill a Mockingbird" will once again be on the freshman reading list at Muskogee High School in Oklahoma. The school board voted to reverse a decision removing Harper Lee's 1960 novel from the list. Principal Terry Saul dropped "Mockingbird" after complaints from black students and parents about racial slurs in the text. Assistant Principal Dan Hattaway said a review of the reading list found that "all the books use some language that shouldn't be used in school.
August 27, 1989 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Anger hangs like a pall over this brooding story of interracial murder in a small Southern town during the '50s. The coldly amoral Paris Trout feels no remorse when he inadvertently shoots a black teen-ager and wounds her guardian, but his trial releases tensions hidden within the social fabric of Cotton Point, Ga.
April 16, 1985 | Associated Press
Shirley MacLaine may be 51, but the actress' physical fitness has earned her a spot on McCall's magazine's list of the 10 best women's bodies in America. MacLaine was the oldest woman on the list. The rest of the top 10 were model Christie Brinkley, actresses Shari Belafonte-Harper, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daryl Hannah, Marilu Henner, Jaclyn Smith and Kathleen Turner, figure skater Peggy Fleming and singer Tina Turner.
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