Mark Twain Tonight!

Mark Twain, most often classified a humorist, was indeed that, in the very best and deepest sense of the term. Comedy, we know, is far more difficult than tragedy. The humorist must be a canny observer of the human  ...

Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective

The rain falls. The sun shines. The wind blows. And that’s what it’s like. You’re buffeted by this, by that, and it is nothing to do with you. Someone you love dies, or leaves. You get ill or you  ...

Dirty Pictures

Playing With the Edge: The Photographic Achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe (1995), Arthur Coleman Danto In 1989, the Corcoran Gallery, a prestigious museum in the nation's capital, capitulated to the bigotry of the then ascendant religious right  ...

Nuremberg

It's a pity the new TNT miniseries "Nuremberg", adapted from Joseph Persico's nonfiction novel, doesn't sustain the queasy ambiguity of its first few minutes. Just surrendered Hermann Goering (Brian Cox) is greeted warmly by his American captors and joins  ...

Flanders and Swann

Michael Flanders and Donald Swann brought their two man reviews of their own gently satirical songs from the West End to Broadway in the early 1960s. The songs in At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of  ...

Don Quixote

Cervantes' great (and voluminous) novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha, with its captivatingly eccentric hero, witty satire, and literate wisdom, has held readers' attention for four centuries. It contrasts the grand against the mundane, the fantastic against the practical,  ...

Cheaters

The inspirational teacher movie has been a tried-and-true staple since at least 1939, when Goodbye, Mr. Chips boosted Kleenex sales nationwide. Since then we've been treated to countless variations on the theme - including The Blackboard Jungle, Dead Poet's  ...