Subscribe Register Login
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 4:58 a.m.


Top Picks - Capture Arkansas

Back to profile

RSS Feed

Philip Martin

Stories by Philip

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Is good to be here

posted: 04/24/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK--For the third year in a row, we're staying in a hotel on Canal Street, a few steps from Broadway. The Russian manager does not remember us but we remember her; she brightens when we tell her so--that it's good to see her again.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Cheating yourself and others

posted: 04/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Sometimes I think about going back to law school.

On Books: First Person is Faustian narrative

posted: 04/22/2018 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Years before he won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan took on a job: He agreed to ghostwrite the autobiography of one of the most notorious con artists in Australian history, a man born in Germany as Friedrich Johann Hohenberger.

Critical Mass: 'Rambler' man Frisell knows what Music IS

posted: 04/22/2018 2:26 a.m. Comment 1

I've interviewed four American presidents. Norman Mailer. Madonna. Tom Cruise. They can work out well and make great pieces, but I hardly ever get excited about doing interviews.

Review: The Death of Stalin

updated: 04/20/2018 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Every tyrant, given enough time or a safe distance, presents as a clown.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: You know it don't come easy

posted: 04/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Things seem to come easy for some people.

Critical Mass: True grit: Charles Portis’ great American novel turns 50 this year

posted: 04/15/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

There are some things that are true about art.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Chasing the baseball dragon

posted: 04/15/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

One of the dragons I've chased for decades is the soft sensation of occasioning square contact between a length of ash and a horsehide-covered baseball. I am just old enough to have used a wooden bat in Little League and high school.

Review: Beirut

posted: 04/13/2018 1:47 a.m. Discuss

It is weird to run into Beirut, a surprisingly intelligent and grown-up espionage thriller, in early April. It feels like a November-December prestige release, and one imagines that had the central role been filled by a bona fide movie star/actor like George Clooney instead of still aspirant (and likely to be forever circumscribed as Don Draper) Jon Hamm there might be award buzz surrounding the project.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: What are we missing?

posted: 04/10/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

I'm probably wrong about the big-deal novel I'm not going to write about--it's been praised up and down by people I respect and the jacket blurbs are attached to names not often seen in log-rolling circles. It will be featured in book clubs. It will probably win some big awards. (And be made into a movie that I'll probably think is better than the book.) It just sort of made me angry.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: Poor dumb people of the past

posted: 04/08/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

My family didn't take a lot of photographs when I was a kid.

The Leisure Seeker

posted: 04/06/2018 1:50 a.m. Discuss

The Leisure Seeker, the first English-language feature from Italian director Paolo Virzi, is about escape, specifically about an older couple -- promisingly inhabited by Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland -- who light out for the territory in a 1975 Winnebago (the title vessel) without telling anyone, especially their grown children, about their plans.

Review: Getting Grace

posted: 04/06/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

Very early on in Getting Grace, there's a glimpse of a man in a suit sweeping the walk in front of a funeral home. The shot lasts about four seconds. That's enough time for the actor to register and, when he re-enters the story about five minutes later, you put it together. This is Daniel Roebuck who, in addition to co-starring in the film, happens to be the writer-director. But you remember him from something else.

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: It doesn't take a monster

posted: 04/03/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?

OPINION: PHILIP MARTIN: When she thinks of Easter

posted: 04/01/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

When she thinks of Easter she remembers the mule and the long walk to town, the dirt road and her brothers--all gone now. She thinks of her mother and father, and how at 80 she is an orphan.






Top Picks - Capture Arkansas
Arkansas Online