March 3, 2006 |
Do you idolspize? Or, more to the point, whom do you idolspize? Let me explain. It recently became clear to me that modern life has spawned a brand new emotion, that psychological sidewalk-crack between envy and idolatry that we often succeed in jumping over but once in a while fall right through. That's where we meet them, those of superior beauty, character, talent and intelligence and, if friends, who are never less than loyal, supportive, generous and kind. For this we loathe them.
December 25, 2002 |
It was a roll of the dice for director Spike Jonze, casting Chris Cooper, an actor identified mostly with button-down roles, as the skanky South Florida wild man John Laroche in his new film "Adaptation." As portrayed on-screen, the freewheeling orchid expert is part scientist, part con man -- and sexy, even though he's missing his front teeth. "Laroche could have been played as a swaggering cartoon character -- the cat that swallowed the canary," Jonze said.
February 21, 1999 |
If you're tempted to think that Susan Orlean has boosted the octane in this fascinating book--that her tales of theft, hatred, greed, jealousy, madness and back-stabbing in the hothouse world of the Florida orchid trade have been heightened for dramatic effect--consider this: After finishing "The Orchid Thief," I stopped at a small orchid shop in a city more than 1,000 miles from the scene of the crimes and quirks recounted by Orlean.
October 2, 2011 |
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend Susan Orlean Simon & Schuster: 288 pp., $26.99 They called him the Dog Wonder, the Mastermind Dog, America's Greatest Movie Dog. He was listed in the Los Angeles phone book, made more money than his human costars and actually came unnervingly close to winning the first Academy Award for actor. He was Rin Tin Tin and, as Susan Orlean puts it, "He was something you could dream about. He could leap twelve feet, and he could leap through time.
May 14, 2006 |
It's Charlie Kaufman's world. We just live in it. The day after I first saw Kaufman's movie "Adaptation," my wife and I took our daughter to a birthday party. It was mid-December, an afternoon of flat white sunlight, washed out in that Southern California winter way. At the door, a tangle of balloons announced the festivities in orange and blue and red.
July 22, 2005 |
Jonathan Karp, the editor of "Seabiscuit," "The Orchid Thief" and many other bestsellers at Random House., will run his own imprint at Warner Books. Karp, who left Random House in June, has been named publisher and editor-in-chief of Warner Twelve, which will release 12 books a year. The 41-year-old Karp was in his mid-20s when he joined Random House as an editorial assistant and soon displayed a knack for spotting bestsellers, especially narrative nonfiction.