May 13, 2010
Jane Smiley, the California author of a dozen wildly different books, tackles half a century of events in the life of Margaret Early, a plain girl who gets married off to an eccentric scientist, in "Private Life." The pair move to San Francisco, where they suffer a series of internal and external disasters, but the knowledge that Margaret has married a madman is what keeps the pages turning. The Washington Post has called "Private Life" a "quantum leap" for this already accomplished writer, who will sign her latest work.
July 8, 2009 |
No one accuses Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of being a reluctant host. In fact, as he greets the world leaders jetting in to Italy today for a three-day summit, the billionaire head of government's problem is just the opposite: Eyebrows are raised at home and abroad at Berlusconi's willingness to welcome guests who tend to be young, photogenic women.
February 1, 2001 |
Noel Coward has been sighted yet again. In "Private Life," at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Craig Archibald is a suave, troubled Coward woozily waking up at New York's Plaza Hotel while on tour to promote his new autobiography. The production at the Hudson follows the recently closed "A Private Spirit . . . A Celebration of the Music and Wit of Noel Coward," in which Don Snell played Coward at the Tiffany. Where Snell inspired ennui, Archibald projects it.
June 26, 1997 |
Responding to a report that Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth W. Starr is investigating President Clinton's private life, Clinton's advocates, including two former White House attorneys, unleashed a furious assault on Starr for conducting "a salacious witch hunt," and demanded that he either renounce it or quit. "Looking into the president's private life is nothing more than prurient excess," Abner J.
February 17, 1993 |
She has never married. She has no children. Our attorney general-designate has no nanny problem, no pesky tax troubles. From all descriptions, it appears she has virtually no life at all outside work. How lucky we are! In Miami prosecutor Janet Reno, we at last have the perfect candidate. At 54, Reno, in her unfashionable glasses and nondescript blue dress, is a little dowdy, a little self-deprecating. Not your expensively suited corporate lawyer type.
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November 15, 2003 |
When he wants a break from the stresses of public office, Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger will have an appealing recourse: to disappear. Schwarzenegger owns a private jet. He has tens of millions in the bank, a cadre of security guards and a sprawling home in Sun Valley, Idaho. Unlike Gov. Gray Davis, who was often seen traipsing through airports to catch a flight on Southwest Airlines, Schwarzenegger can get away when he wants to do so -- quickly and discreetly.