Archive for February, 2009

Poet Who Was Wife, Mother of Famous Actors Dies

Published on February 23, 2009

Oldtimers remember the late actor Lloyd Bridges, star of the TV show “Sea Hunt,” which ran from 1958 to 1961. His widow, Dorothy Bridges — mother of the actors Jeff and Beau Bridges, died Monday in Los Angeles at age 93. This least-famous member of the Bridges clan was a poet for five decades, according to [...]

BBC’s Twist Anti-Semitic?

Published on February 19, 2009

Some are calling the BBC’s new adaptation of Oliver Twist anti-Semitic because its co-star Timothy Spall portrays the thief-impresario Fagin as unmistakably, over-the-top Jewish. “I must have missed a few subtle literary points in college when I was taking a Charles Dickens seminar. I missed the spot where Fagin, in Oliver Twist, is wearing a gigondo yarmulke,” [...]

Nonami’s New Thriller Thrills … At First

Published on February 17, 2009

Now You’re One of Us, a thriller new in paperback from bestselling Japanese novelist Asa Nonami (and translated into English by Michael Volek and Mitsuko Volek), starts off so strong. Against her mother’s wishes, attractive if somewhat naive young Noriko has just married the eldest son in a strange family that lives in a large [...]

First-Time Novelist Dies at 80

Published on February 14, 2009

A British novelist has died because he walked home from the hospital that had just discharged him. “A hospital has been censured by health watchdogs for letting an elderly man walk home unsupervised to his death after a blood transfusion,” we read in the Daily Mail. “Aplyn Wynn-Jones, 80, was discharged from the hospital after [...]

Author Slain by Her Own Son

Published on February 11, 2009

An author who advocated fiercely on behalf of autistic children has been murdered by her autistic son. Kent State political science/women’s studies professor Gertrude Steuernagel, the 60-year-old author of Political Philosophy as Therapy: Marcuse Reconsidered and coauthor of Foundations for a Feminist Restructuring of the Academic Disciplines, died last Friday in an Ohio hospital from injuries [...]

It’s Back!

Published on February 4, 2009

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joanne Greenberg’s groundbreaking semiautographical 1964 novel about life as a young schizophrenic, has just been reissued by Henry Holt.

Pop Quiz

Published on February 3, 2009

Who said the following during a speech in Ohio? “I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white an black races … I am not, nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying [...]

Kanye West to Become an Author, Too

Published on February 2, 2009

Yet another celebrity is taking the literary route. This time it’s Kanye West, who plans to release a book this fall titled Kanye West: Glow In The Dark. Early reports say that it will include memories of his travels and photographs of fashion shows he has attended, as well as pictures spotlighting his Louis Vuitton [...]