posted: 08/17/2014 2:26 a.m.
I am not a beer drinker; my father was.
posted: 08/17/2014 2:20 a.m.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage By Haruki Murakami (Knopf), $25.95 In this post-literate age, it is hard to imagine a writer of literary fiction mattering so much as Japanese author Haruki Murakami seems to.
posted: 08/17/2014 2:06 a.m.
In January, Bud Selig will step down from his position as commissioner of Major League Baseball, a post he's held for the past 22 years. On Thursday, team owners voted--after much intrigue--to hire his hand-picked successor, baseball's chief operating officer Rob Manfred, for the job.
updated: 08/15/2014 2:04 a.m.
Richard Linklater's Boyhood is probably the year's best-reviewed film, and it will very likely make it onto many critics' end-of-the-year Top 10 lists. It might even make it onto mine.
posted: 08/15/2014 2:02 a.m.
Not long ago someone told me that if I ever wanted to ruin a person's day all I had to do was remind them that sometime, in the not very distant future, the world will be without Bill Murray. It worked on me. Not a day goes by that I don't contemplate the inevitable subtraction of joy from the planet that Murray's passing will bring.
posted: 08/10/2014 2:30 a.m.
On Feb. 20 in Wayne County, Ga., a movie production crew was preparing to film a scene for Midnight Rider, a movie about the life of Gregg Allman based on the singer-songwriter's 2012 autobiography My Cross to Bear. They'd placed a mattress and bed frame on a railroad trestle over the Altamaha River, for a dream sequence involving trains.
posted: 08/10/2014 2 a.m.
Judge Isaac Parker's gallows in Fort Smith have always creeped me out.
posted: 08/08/2014 2:18 a.m.
Welcome to the latest edition of stuff of up with which I must put.
posted: 08/03/2014 3:07 a.m.
Pete was 18 months older than I, a grade ahead, which was significant when we were in high school and in the years immediately afterward. Had we been brothers, I might better understand why our relationship was always defined by our ages; as it was, we were collaborators, but never quite -- or never merely -- friends.
posted: 08/03/2014 2:15 a.m.
We drove to Fort Smith last week to help out with a concert of movie music--I emceed a performance by the Metropolitan Winds of Dallas, led by Randol Bass--performed during the Arkansas Bandmasters Association annual convention. As part of my preparation, I wrote this essay, which I knew was too long and formal to deliver at the concert.
posted: 08/01/2014 1:53 a.m.
The most obvious strategy for adapting a theatrical production to the screen is to open it up, to remove it from its necessarily bounded set and situate it in a "realer world." Some productions can take being dragged from the vacuum of the stage, others cannot, but we're 100 years past the point where simply filming the play can pass as cinematic.
posted: 07/27/2014 2:05 a.m.
If you are one of those reasonable souls who doesn't spend a lot of time with social media channels, then you might not have heard about the teenage girl from Alabama who became (to use her word) "famous" last week for taking a cell phone photo of herself during a June visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
posted: 07/25/2014 2:26 a.m.
The movie year is a marathon; the pace kicks up nearer the end. By the calendar, we're more than halfway through 2014. Since it's one of those languid summer weeks that lends itself to rumination, maybe it's worth taking a minute to contextualize the year so far.
posted: 07/20/2014 2:31 a.m.
We put a lot of people in prison. The American Civil Liberties Union says the United States is the world's largest jailer, in numbers (we lock up more people than China) and per capita.
posted: 07/20/2014 2:10 a.m.
It was six years ago that I shared an elevator ride with LeBron James in the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.