May 21, 2000 |
One of the most intriguing puzzles of American folklore is why Billy the Kid has inspired so much literature while the other great legends of the Southwest, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, have generated so little. Billy can claim homage from the likes of Gore Vidal, Michael Ondaatje, Larry McMurtry, N. Scott Momaday, Michael McClure and an entire school of poets in the '60s, to say nothing of Aaron Copland, whose ballet "Billy the Kid" is widely performed.
August 5, 1994 |
Hollywood writers are paid a lot to relinquish control. But that doesn't eradicate the pain. Even the most thick-skinned watch in frustration as their vision takes unanticipated turns. Such was the case with "Wyatt Earp," according to a letter that writer Dan Gordon dashed off to critics lambasting the screenplay. The three-hour-plus film, rewritten by director Lawrence Kasdan, had opened to downbeat reviews and equally discouraging audience response.
June 8, 1994
In the news: There's new evidence that the U.S. may be sucked into a war with Haiti, says comedy writer Bob Mills: "The Haitian military just ordered a case of G.I. Joe dolls and 5,000 stickpins." Numerous U.S. cities commemorated D-day on Monday. "Hundreds of Marines landed on the beach in Southern California," reports comic Argus Hamilton, "only to be driven back to Catalina Island by heavy Crip gunfire."
February 28, 1993 |
The article appeared in the Oct. 26, 1992, issue of the New Yorker. Under the heading "Crisis in the Hot Zone," it told the story of a U.S. Army biological strike team's race in 1989 to stop one of the world's deadliest viruses from escaping into an American city. Army volunteers in spacesuits had entered a company in Reston, Va.
July 8, 1994 |
Leave it to the Who. During its heyday, the British rock group relished outdoing the competition. With a tape of live performances that came out Tuesday, they do it again--resoundingly. In music-video circles, a 90-minute tape is considered long. But that's short compared to the Who's "30 Years of Maximum R&B Live" (MCA, $20), which is a whopping two hours and 35 minutes. Also, when other artists assemble a collection of live performances, they invariably include nothing but the best.