Steve Hochstadt: Barnum’s contradictory qualities as showman, hoaxer, anti-slavery activist and politician are too much to fit into a big budget spectacle, much less a family-oriented musical.
Caroline Heldman: We would live in a more loving world if everyone embraced Kwanzaa values, and this week of reflection can serve as an antidote to the personal and national toll of the hate-based Trump presidency.
Larry Wines: More baubles. More bling. More ostentatious expressions of your ability to buy expensive stuff you can’t afford, but that you must buy to show the Joneses you’re ahead of them in the pecking order of consumerism.
Abba Solomon: The film is a tribute to a richly isolated moment in Jewish American history, when, reputedly, the Lower East Side became the most densely populated place on earth outside Asia.
Jack Rothman: Basically, stand-up and the idea of what is funny changed from Alan King and Henny Youngman to Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor, from kid-around-jesters to agitated satirists and social critics.
Several years ago, shortly after his short-story collection The Tenth of September appeared, he told an interviewer that he hoped his fiction fostered empathy by inducing in readers a sort of “temporary mind-meld” with certain characters.
In the newly published tween novel by Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz, 11 year-old Lola Zola becomes a super sleuth to save her struggling town from a swindler who promises to “make America greater than great again.”
Steve Hochstadt: This crazy election is only a week away. I need relief and find that my dogs ease political stress. Their simpler lives are not affected by politics and they help me recognize what is important in this life.
Ed Rampell: Among those things the GOP nominee presumably doesn’t want voters informed about is the sound and fury that surrounded Trump International Hotel and Tower at Waikiki Beach Walk
Larry Wines: Disney began to fear that some poor, unwashed kid, who was not an offspring of a wealthy family, might be able to ride with Mr. Toad or see the Haunted House with a ticket bought for some other kid.
The White Rose —in memory of Sophie Scholl, executed 22 February 1943 for opposing the Nazis How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? An end to terror is preferable to terror without end. —Sophie Scholl Mein Herr, the wolves of Christ […]
Mark Haison: Imagine you took a representative group of country music fans, big, strong, proud, casually and sometimes skimpily dressed, and overwhelmingly white, and eliminated most of the men! That was the Garden last night.
Paul Haeder: Like stepping stones into John Steppling’s mind, each essay is a revving reverberating call to mental action, as each essay follows the Introduction with more nitrous oxide pumped into each cylinder of the 12-cylinder motor of his mind