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April 16, 1989 | RICHARD EDER
"To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric," Theodor Adorno wrote, thereby contradicting himself. The celebrated epigram is itself a form of poetry, of course; and written not simply after Auschwitz, but about it. It is a large contradiction. It has haunted the art inspired by the Holocaust and fueled a perennial debate about such art. The late Primo Levi, to take one example, was criticized for suggesting that the human spirit flared in the death camps, against the odds. "Trivializing the horror" is the essence of the charge brought against his and other literary explorations.
November 23, 1992 | MICHAEL DORRIS, Michael Dorris' essays on Zimbabwe, some of which appeared on this page, will be published next spring in a book titled "House of Stone" (Milkweed Editions)
A harried man interrupted a meeting I attended at UNESCO in New York earlier this month. He had opened the door to the wrong conference room, stumbled into a conversation about the crisis of African illiteracy instead of joining the discussion of European civil strife where he was scheduled to speak. For a few moments he failed to realize his mistake--after all, we were just another assembly of dark suits around an oval table, our faces made serious by defeating statistics, our yellow legal pads covered with the usual question marks--and so he launched into his prepared report.
May 7, 1989 | RICHARD EDER
A glorious summer morning. A father and his teen-age daughter and son paddle lazily on a river in Devon, one of England's greenest and most bucolic counties. They are in that half-exhilarated, half-estranged state that comes of staying up all night. The mother is in the hospital, having given birth to a baby during a wild ride and a crash on dark back roads. It could have been a disaster; it turned out well. They have been through an ordeal and they are celebrating. They have finished a bottle of wine, dispensation for a special occasion.
October 12, 1986
Thank goodness. "Dallas" is back to normal and Bobby's alive! Thanks, Lorimar, for wiping out that dreadful 1985 season. It was indeed a nightmare. Antoinette Lane, San Pedro
April 23, 1989 | Richard Eder
SEE UNDER:LOVE David Grossman; translated from the Hebrew by Betsy Rosenberg (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $19.95; 458 pp.) "David Grossman, a gifted young Israeli writer, has found some startling new light in his massive and complex novel about the Holocaust. He has tacked up a dazzling circuitry between nightmare and hope."
June 24, 1990
The June 3 TV Times cover on the nightmarish "Tales From the Crypt" turned into a parent's nightmare, or should I say children's nightmare. I guess I could have ripped the cover page off our TV Times or try to hide it. I guess what I'm saying is I'd just wish a slightly less scarier picture had been used so our entire family, which includes my 4-year-old son, could have enjoyed it. I also have an 8-year-old and we often peruse TV Times together to...
May 16, 1992
The riots concerned me! It must have really scared my dad because he took his rifle in his truck wherever he went. He also left one by his bed at night. I hope this nightmare will end soon. MATT MILLER Los Angeles
November 16, 1993 | ALAN CITRON
While others geared up for Halloween last month, David Hoberman was celebrating Independence Day. The occasion was the premiere of "The Nightmare Before Christmas," in which Hoberman finally emerged from the long shadow of his boss, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg. "Nightmare" was a pet project of Hoberman's, who had lobbied hard for the filmmakers' freedom to produce it on their own terms.
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