Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks

It would be perfectly appropriate to find a picture of Gordon Parks illustrating the entry "Renaissance Man" in any dictionary. Over the course of his 88 years, he's been a photographer for Life magazine, composer, novelist, poet, painter, lecturer, biographer, co-founder of Essence magazine, and a filmmaker – of  ...

Swingin’ with Duke

Some Ellington CDs: The Best Of The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition 16 Most Requested Songs The Complete Capitol Recordings The Duke Ellington Centenary Collection: The Travelog Edition Swingin' with Duke, produced by Oren Jacoby (The Irish in America, Benny Goodman: King of Swing), is  ...

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, the ideal versus the real through the picaresque adventures of  ...

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 wing and, in an egregious display of curatorial and institutional  ...

David Copperfield

.. Suggested reading: David Copperfield: Interweaving Truth and Fiction (1991), Graham Storey The World of Charles Dickens: The Life, Times and Work of the Great Victorian Novelist (1999), Martin Fido Charles Dickens’ 1850 novel, David Copperfield, is arguably the most famous coming-of-age story  ...

David Copperfield

Other suggested reading: Charles Dicken's David Copperfield (Modern Critical Interpretation Series) (2000), William Golding Last Christmas, Turner Broadcasting and Hallmark Entertainment joined forces for a threadbare adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol starring Patrick Stewart. The modest budget seemed to be gobbled up in the first half-hour when  ...

Crossfire Trail

Westerns, in the form of books, films, and television programming, are an enduring expression of Americana, utilizing the majestic landscapes west of the Mississippi and the pioneer spirit of a frontier society as the background and underpinnings of tales of good guys prevailing over bad guys, cowboys and Indians  ...

Cora Unashamed

Langston Hughes brought his renowned art as a poet to the writing of prose as well, writing that is sometimes deceptively plain on the surface, but is highly focused and densely packed with image and irony. Cora Unashamedis a masterful Hughes short story, the moving tale of Cora  ...

The Chris Isaak Show

Stretch halter mini dress with open weave sides The Chris Isaak Show shouldn't work. The episodes are overlong, the acting is often amateurish, the quality of the writing is wildly uneven and the jokes tend toward the puerile. But for its  ...

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 Society, and most recently Music of the Heart - none  ...