January 22, 1989
As a longtime admirer of the lyrics and music of Stephen Sondheim, I was pleased to discover that he is now reaching a larger audience ("Sondheim Isn't Quite Out of the 'Woods,' " by Barbara Isenberg, Jan. 8). I do, however, have one reservation about Mr. Sondheim's work, which Isenberg touches on in her reference to the "minimal plots" of his more recent shows. In Craig Zadan's biography, the composer is quoted as saying: "Up until 'Company' I thought that musicals had to have very strong plots.
April 16, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- This weekend, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and I sat down in a couple of armchairs and talked about how America drifts to war. Maddow is on a frenetic cross-country tour to publicize "Drift," her new book that shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list as soon as it was released. She flew in for a few hours in Seattle on Saturday, and I interviewed her in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Town Hall. In liberal Seattle, Maddow is a rock star, and she got a rock star's greeting when she walked onstage in her very casual clothes (including sneakers with Halloween-orange shoelaces)
September 25, 2009 |
Two men who professed devotion to Al Qaeda -- one a convert to Islam, the other a Jordanian native -- were charged Thursday with plotting to blow up buildings in Illinois and Texas. In both cases, the men thought they were working with Al Qaeda operatives when they were really working with undercover federal agents. One man, according to authorities, planted what he thought was an explosive outside a Dallas skyscraper, while the other parked a van, supposedly armed with a bomb, outside a federal courthouse in Springfield, Ill. The devices were fakes.
October 18, 2002 |
In a world of cloak and dagger, one of the CIA's most secret campaigns was called simply "the Plan. " For two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, it was the official operational strategy that the CIA, the FBI and other U.S. agencies jointly adopted for their clandestine -- and still largely unsuccessful -- campaign to capture terrorist Osama bin Laden and his chief aides. CIA Director George J. Tenet described "the Plan" publicly for the first time Thursday during hearings in which he battled with lawmakers over his agen- cy's effectiveness leading up to the Sept.
October 29, 1988 |
A federal jury on Friday found the national leader of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club guilty of conspiracy to violate federal firearms and explosives laws in plots to kill members of a rival gang. National leader Ralph (Sonny) Barger Jr. was one of 10 Hells Angels from Alaska and California accused of plotting attacks in Louisville and elsewhere against members of the Outlaws. Barger and Michael Vincent O'Farrell, both of Oakland, were convicted in U.S.
May 28, 1989 |
One mystery about mystery writing is where the creators of Sherlock Holmes and Sam Spade get their plots. Sara Paretsky, author of five novels featuring the Chicago private investigator Vi Warshawski, including "Bloodshot," says she has no problem. She gets her plots from the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune. "What I'm on the lookout for always is political or financial or industrial fraud on a scope or scale that might lead one to commit murder in order to prohibit this fraud from coming to light," Paretsky said recently at the Mystery Writers of America annual convention.