March 31, 2007
I mourn the passing of the Life magazine I knew in the middle decades of the last century. I contest, however, that its death was, as Tim Rutten supposed, inevitable ["Life as We Knew It," March 28]. Notwithstanding the ubiquity of digital cameras and photo-capable cellphones, I cannot imagine that "popular tastes in media" have changed so much that a well-edited collection of dramatic and insightful photographs is no longer worth publishing. I blame the editors of Life for killing it, and offer as evidence their "Picture of the Week."
January 28, 2000
America was in mourning on April 12, 1945. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the country's only four-term president, who had led a shattered people through the impossible days of the Depression and through most of the Second World War, had just died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. Ed Clark, a Life magazine photographer, drove all night from his home in Nashville to Roosevelt's summer residence in Warm Springs, Ga., to cover the news.
HOME & GARDEN
January 8, 2000 |
Question: We are cleaning out my father's house. He saved everything. What should we do with old copies of Life magazine? Throw them out? * Answer: If you have time and patience, sort through the magazines. They are good sellers at shows and sales. Some buyers want the old ads on inside pages. Only the "best" covers, in near-mint condition, sell for high prices. Among the best are covers picturing sports stars.
October 18, 1988 |
When Bob Greene went home to visit his folks in Columbus, Ohio, last Christmas, his mother ordered him down to the basement. She sent him there with a mission: to rummage through several boxes of belongings that the columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Esquire magazine had tucked away years ago. There, sandwiched between some junior high school report cards, Greene found a copy of Life magazine dated Nov. 29, 1963.
July 25, 2010 |
Dean Zanuck, 37, a third-generation scion of the Hollywood producing dynasty, strikes out on his own with the quirky "Get Low," the first film from his new company, Zanuck Independent. Directed by first-time feature film director Aaron Schneider, who won an Oscar for his short "Two Soldiers," the movie opens Friday in L.A. and New York. How did "Get Low" come about? It came about a decade ago. My wife was showing houses to a young lit manager and I got to know him, and he told me this story he was working on with his writer client.
December 27, 1991 |
"The Meaning of Life" (at 10 tonight on CBS, Channels 2 and 8) is a television version of what Life magazine has been reduced to: a special-edition, coffee-table smorgasbord of celebrities and common folk, of homilies and pithy expressions about, in this case, the meaning of it all. Only at the end of the year, when our emotions turn a bit mushy, can prime time indulge such a show. If you've ever wondered what software really means, this is it.
September 11, 1990 |
Life Magazine has just released the results of a study in which a passel of historians were asked to name the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th Century. Not, as the editor noted, "the most famous but the most influential." I always read essentially meaningless lists like this, just as I frequently take those idiotic quizes in magazines to find out how I shape up as a father, lover, intellect or whether or not I'm happy, underachieving or generally screwing up my life.