June 1, 2008 |
The Japanese have perfected the art of obsession. Japan, after all, is the place that gave us otaku, that wonderfully elastic word that refers to people obsessed to distraction with the details of a single thing. The first otaku were Japanese boys obsessed with manga or anime; back in the 1980s and '90s, the term implied a sort of dark geekiness--loners, antisocial kids who retreated to their rooms with their manga and anime, much of it erotic in content. Otaku are mainstream now.
January 14, 2007 |
Humphrey Bogart died on Jan. 14, 1957, exactly 50 years ago. By all accounts, notably those of his friends, John Huston and Alistair Cooke, he died with great gallantry, hiding to the best of his ability the pain of the cancer that wracked and decimated him. It worked this way: He would rest in his bedroom most of the day; then, in the late afternoon, he would be dressed in a blue blazer and ascot and transported, by wheelchair and elevator, to his living room.
April 29, 2006 |
At the Anglophilic intersection of public broadcasting and detective fiction lies "Mystery!," one of television's most reliable brands, a cornerstone of PBS fund drives for a quarter-century and the American home to a panoply of British sleuths professional, amateur and de facto -- Miss Marple, Horace Rumpole, Adam Dalgliesh, Endeavour Morse, Peter Wimsey, Jane Tennison and on and (relatively speaking) on.
August 17, 1997 |
There are Humphrey Bogart T-shirts. Bogart hats. Bogart plates. Stephen Bogart, 48, who controls the rights to his father's image along with his sister, Leslie, 44, has this to say to anyone who accuses heirs of commercially exploiting the memory of a deceased celebrity: "The hell with them. It's their family and their name. If that's what they want to do, it's not a big deal. It's like selling the Oscar.
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August 1, 1997 |
Five decades after Humphrey Bogart left his hand- and footprints in the wet concrete of Mann's Chinese Theatre's courtyard in Hollywood, sticky homage was again paid to him in the same spot Thursday. With a blast of multicolored confetti, a brass band and Bogie's widow and children in attendance, the Bogart postage stamp was unveiled in a red-carpet ceremony. The third issue in the U.S.
April 28, 1997 |
Ya gotta love 'em. These people who roll up their sleeves and pick up the bat after a whole benchful of others have struck out. Any fool can plainly see they haven't got a chance. But these folks don't really believe it. In fact, as they step up to the plate, you can almost hear them humming, "To dreeeam the impossible dreeeam, to fiiight the unbeatable foe. . . ." To dig the undiggable subway? Let's face it: Who would marry Liz Taylor after, say, divorce No. 5?
April 6, 1997 |
No one had much right to expect that "Bogart" would be an immediate triumph, but I believe it is. So rich in its research, so compelling in its writing, it is an absorbing human story that reveals an exact understanding of the motion picture business in the age of Humphrey Bogart, who died 40 years ago. That lack of advance faith has nothing to do with the caliber of the authors. It was a consequence of Bogart being done and done in print, beyond staleness or cliche.