February 4, 2011 |
Tim, a New York City firefighter, knew instinctively when his co-worker and best friend, Terry, cocked his head and wordlessly indicated that he was heading into a flaming World Trade Center tower that it was the last time he would see him. Ling, who was burned in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, could do little for months afterward but sit on the couch and watch "Murder, She Wrote. " Basically, "here's this little old lady who somehow figures everything out," she says was her reaction to the show, and it brought her a strange comfort.
November 20, 2012 |
Taking its name from the tail number of a crashed airplane, “One November Yankee” at the NoHo Arts Center is about a disaster rather than being a disaster, which is always the better side of the equation for a new play to be on. Still, there's room for improvement in playwright-director Joshua Ravetch's meditation on the aftermath of tragedy told through three interwoven stories about conflicted brothers and sisters played by screen and stage...
July 16, 2013 |
A string of misperceptions has driven the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman tragedy from the very beginning, including the public misperception that perfect justice can be found in a court of law. The misperception that propelled events from the very start was Zimmerman's assumption that a black kid in a hoodie did not belong in his neighborhood. If he had known Martin was the guest of a local resident with no other mission than to reach home with the package of Skittles he had just purchased, Zimmerman would not have followed the young man. In fact, if he had simply not held a stereotype in his head that a young African American in a hoodie is very likely a criminal, Martin would be alive today and Zimmerman would not have had his own life turned upside down.
December 14, 2012 |
For retired school psychologist Cathy Paine, the shooting in Newtown, Conn., evoked painful memories of that day nearly 15 years ago when her school district suffered a similar tragedy. Paine, 63, was one of the first counselors to arrive at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., after a student opened fire in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 25. Today, she belongs to the National Assn. of School Psychologists and leads a team that provides assistance to schools, families and communities dealing with crisis.
February 4, 2006
David Ehrenstein sees "Brokeback Mountain" as just "a well-closeted romance" (Opinion, Feb. 1), missing its compelling demonstration of the tragedy of the closet. That may not be particularly controversial to him, but it is to many. He forgets that the political movement whose success made the film possible was also led by "chameleons," as gays were taught to be. ROGER JANEWAY Los Angeles