April 4, 2004 |
"No, no, no," Bob Dylan says sharply when asked if aspiring songwriters should learn their craft by studying his albums, which is precisely what thousands have done for decades. "It's only natural to pattern yourself after someone," he says, opening a door on a subject that has long been off-limits to reporters: his songwriting process. "If I wanted to be a painter, I might think about trying to be like Van Gogh, or if I was an actor, act like Laurence Olivier.
August 20, 1987 |
He was winding up four days of routine financial meetings in Philadelphia and had told his administrative assistant to confirm his return flight to Los Angeles. He had just finished reading Allan Bloom's "The Closing of the American Mind" and was looking for another good book. He was trying to figure out when he could reschedule dinner with actor Vincent Price. And, as he always did whenever he went out of town, Edgar Rosenberg kept in close telephone contact with his wife. "I spoke to him the day before," comedienne Joan Rivers said Tuesday night, her voice filled with disbelief and anguish.
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.