December 5, 2013 |
"Isn't Mandela still president?" That startling question came from a homeless teenager in a Cape Town township during an interview in 2007, as I set off around South Africa to explore the meaning of freedom in the lives of young people. At first, I thought Jonathan was pulling my leg. A gangly 17-year-old, he loved to tease outsiders. By then, Mandela had been out of office for eight years, having famously stepped away from power after a single term as president. His successors, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, were in the midst of a nasty, enervating battle for control of the ruling party, the African National Congress, and stories about their schism led nearly every newscast.
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January 8, 1994
Clinton to Perot: "GATTcha!" JONATHAN FOBER San Diego
March 13, 2014 |
It's almost impossible to put down Jean Hanff Korelitz's riveting new novel for the first 200 pages as it dismantles the comfortable existence of a couples therapist over the course of a few nightmarish weeks. We first meet Grace Reinhart Sachs ensconced in her office, being interviewed by a Vogue writer about her forthcoming book, "You Should Have Known. " This book-within-a-book argues that women get themselves into bad marriages by failing to see the clear signs that were there from the beginning about their spouses' failings.
June 1, 2008 |
Frozen-yogurt shop employee Jonathan is oversmart and underemployed, and very early on in the novel "Girl Factory" by Jim Krusoe (Tin House: 196 pp., $14.95 paper) we realize he's also not quite right. After he learns about a hyper-intelligent, military-bred dog at a local shelter, he determines that he will be the one to rescue the animal: "I went back inside to find a jacket, and it was really more as an afterthought than anything that I took along a crowbar, slipping it up my sleeve so as not to alarm anyone."
June 9, 1991 |
For 52 years, Morris and Mollie Pollard have been partners in life, building a home, rearing a family and traveling the world together. Now they share something else: fear. They worry about their son, Jonathan, who is serving a life prison term for selling secrets to Israel. They wonder if they will live to see him a free man again. And they are haunted by questions about themselves.
June 27, 1986 |
"Arsenic and Old Lace" has been resurrected in a gloriously silly revival at the Harlequin Dinner Playhouse. It's a production that starts off with one foot in reality, then slips into full-speed farce and never looks back as it speeds on its unsubtle, unstable way. Director Richard Vath has staged a version rich in character comedy and reverently faithful to the outrageous tone of Joseph Kesselring's 1941 spoof.