Famous Writers

Stephen Lawrence, whose music enriched “Sesame Street”, dies at 82

Stephen Lawrence, who provided some sort of soundtrack to countless childhoods as musical director for the album and TV special “Free to Be… You and Me” and as a longtime songwriter for “Sesame Street,” died Dec. 30 at a medical center in Belleville, NJ He was 82 years old. His …

Read More »

Hong Kong Citizen News says shutdown was triggered by Stand News collapse

HONG KONG, Jan. 3 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s independent online publication Citizen News said on Monday its decision to shut down was triggered by the shutdown of a pro-democracy outlet last week following a raid police and seven arrests. Stand News, a leading pro-democracy news site, closed last week after …

Read More »

How ‘the Other Two’ became a 2021 comedic hit

Sometimes when a show premieres, that inaugural season goes viral – becoming a hit right off the bat. Take “Mare of Easttown” or “Hacks” for example, two very different series, but each receiving its fair share of accolades from the start. For others (think “Schitt’s Creek”) it can be a …

Read More »

Padecky: Madden did what he did best – be himself

I am writing this and even my fingers are sad. I am not ready to let go, to accept what we all have to face. I am so angry. I am so angry that I want to slap reality. Tuesday I screamed while reading the news. One of those screams …

Read More »

Russia: Gulag historian and activist Yuri Dmitriyev sentenced to 15 years in prison | News | DW

A Russian court on Monday found historian Yuri Dmitriyev guilty of possessing images of child sexual abuse and indecent acts against his adopted daughter, as well as possession of weapon components. The Petrozavodsk municipal court thus increased the prison sentence of the eminent Gulag historian to 15 years in total …

Read More »

2021 in the books: “Everything seems magnified” | Chicago News

American poet Amanda Gorman reads her commissioned poem “The Hill We Go Up” during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the United States Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2021. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, Pool, File) NEW YORK (AP) – Books and authors counted in 2021, sometimes more than the …

Read More »

Ruins and rebirth | Chicago Institute of the Arts

Always evocative, the ruins as a subject have been explored by writers, poets and artists for centuries. Through Paul jones The remains of past civilizations have a lot in common with natural wonders; they inspire soaring thoughts and depths of feelings. It is no wonder that European artists have been …

Read More »

11 actors who miss famous movie roles

“What are your biggest regrets? ” This is perhaps one of the most obvious questions a journalist can ask an actor, but the answer can often be extremely revealing. Just because an actor starred in an acclaimed movie doesn’t necessarily mean he’s thinking about it positively. In fact, it looks …

Read More »

Revel in the joys of books and reading at a Baghdad Book Fair

BAGHDAD – Protesters in Baghdad are staging a sit-in demanding that US troops leave Iraq. Counterterrorism troops patrol the streets. A federal court is wondering whether to certify the results of parliamentary elections two months ago. But at the Baghdad International Fair grounds, hardly anyone cares about all of this. …

Read More »

The beautiful HBO Max series changes the book, often for the better.

There’s a delightful scene in the otherwise rightly forgotten 2002 post-apocalyptic film Reign of fire, in which a group of burlap-clad peasant children watch, fascinated, two men perform a dramatic sword fight on a candlelit stage. It is only towards the end of this medieval-looking diversion that it becomes clear …

Read More »