May 22, 2011 |
His friends knew he had a way with words. So when some filmmakers acquainted with Jo Nesbo asked the Norwegian crime writer to suggest a title for their upcoming horror movie, he tried to oblige. After musing on the story — friends go on a snowboard trip, and, then, one by one start dying — he came up with what he thought was the perfect title: "The Snowman. " His friends' response? "They said, 'Probably,' " recalls Nesbo, 51, in a phone call from Oslo. " 'Only problem is, there's no snowman.' " Rebuffed, the author reflected on the image itself — about "something so trivial, even cozy," but also potentially menacing.
December 26, 2010 |
They floated and fluttered. Zigzagged and swirled. Giant snowflakes fell from the sky, painting the whole world white. "Grandpa! Snow!" Frankie cried, as he ran to the window. "Can we make a snowman?" "Yes, indeed," replied Grandpa, getting their coats. The backyard was piled high with foamy-white snowdrifts. Frankie made a snowball. Frankie pushed it and rolled it until it became a life-size snowman almost as tall as he was. "This is the best snowman ever!" Frankie exclaimed.
April 19, 2009 |
We knew something was afoot in Zurich when our lazy walk through the streets of the old city turned into a full-fledged history lesson. My husband, 8-month-old daughter and I had flown into the city just a couple of hours before, and as we wandered along the Limmat River, we heard three booms that sounded as though they'd come from a cannon. We weren't sure what it was -- or why -- but as a crowd began gathering at the Weinplatz, an open plaza just off the river, we joined in.
March 7, 2009
As host of the weekly show "Off-Ramp" on KPCC-FM (89.3), I take exception to Susan Harris' letter about the death of talk on KLSX [Letters, Feb. 28]. She wrote, "There is always NPR when you feel like being educated." OK, granted there's lots of education and enlightening debate and all that on KPCC, but my producer Queena Kim and I always strive to include at least a modicum of mindless entertainment on our show. Surely my bad Andy Rooney impression ("I knew Burl Ives, and he hated that snowman with his fancy vest.
January 7, 2007 |
Snowzilla may be a smash hit with shutterbugs, but some neighbors of the two-story-high snowman in Anchorage say they're fed up with the hordes of gawkers clogging their street. Billy Powers supervised construction of the original Snowzilla last year. At 22 feet, his new Snowzilla is 6 feet taller.
March 2, 2003 |
Finally released after spending half of his life in prison, and still he had to wait. So Christopher Boyce hung around the prison parking lot, rubbernecking, taking in the fresh air around Sheridan, Ore., unsure what to make of freedom. A half hour went by before the big Suburban at last came lumbering up the driveway, carrying his father, a former FBI agent, and his mother, once a Catholic nun.