September, 2017


‘Straight to Hell’: ‘Hamilton’ Writer Slams Trump for P…

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer and playwright who wrote the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” slammed President Donald Trump on Twitter Saturday morning after Trump criticized the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the wake of Hurricane Maria.  “You’re going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. No long lines for you. Someone will say, “Right this way, sir.” They’ll clear a path,” Miranda wrote.  Trump, who is at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, wrote on Twitter Saturday morning about San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz: “Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of SanRead More

The World According to Dan Brown

SARAH LYALL “Origin,” is to be published by Random House Oct. 3, with an initial printing of 2 million copies, eventually extending to several dozen countries in 42 languages, according to the publisher. Readers will find in it a familiar swirl of big ideas and nonstop action, so that those who aren’t enchanted by the erudition can find relief in the plot, and vice versa. Mr. Brown, 53, spent four years writing and researching the book. He is nothing if not disciplined. He rises at 4 a.m. each day andRead More

Production of a Lifetime: Whitney Houston and Clive Dav…

JACOB BERNSTEIN Ms. Houston was different. Mr. Davis signed her in 1983 when she was just 19 years old, and he played an essential role on all but one album she recorded over the next 29 years. He brought her songs and scouted producers. He introduced her at publicity events. He repeatedly extolled her supremacy over Mariah Carey. At the peak of her life, she secured his place as an industry titan. In death, she haunts his legacy. This past April, a laudatory documentary about him, “Clive Davis: The SoundtrackRead More

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘S.N.L.’ and ‘Kingsman’

ANDREW R. CHOW Photo Ryan Gosling at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in a promo video for “Saturday Night Live.” Credit Rosalind O’Connor/NBC “Saturday Night Live” returns with two superstars. “48 Hours” turns 30, and then turns to O.J. What’s on TV SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 11:30 p.m. on NBC. In its 42nd season, “Saturday Night Live” rode an orange wig and a blue pantsuit to its biggest ratings and cultural relevancy in years. In accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series this month, Lorne Michaels said the season was “as crazy,Read More

Chappelle Gives Emmy to DC Alma Mater, Receives Key to …

TRACEE WILKINS Comedian Dave Chappelle returned to his home town Washington D.C. Friday to speak to students at his alma mater. “You have an opportunity to make yourself into a very unique individual because you’re a trained artist,” Chappelle told students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Northwest. The comedian gave the school his Emmy award which he won earlier in the month for his appearance on Saturday Night Live. At the event, Mayor Muriel Bowser thanked Chappelle for his recognition of D.C. schools and gave him aRead More

Haki Madhubuti, the Book Publisher on the South Side

JULIE BOSMAN Dr. Madhubuti, tall and elegant in a dark suit with a white pouf of a pocket square, was in a reflective mood one afternoon this week. Third World Press has just turned 50, an anniversary that will be celebrated with a week of festivities in Chicago, beginning on Saturday with an appearance by the author Ta-Nehisi Coates and his father, W. Paul Coates, a publisher of Afrocentric books in Baltimore. That half-century has been spent at the heart of black intellectual life in Chicago, far away from mainstream,Read More

Reggie Lavong, Smooth-Voiced D.J., Dies at 84

NEIL GENZLINGER Mr. Lavong was born Reginald Jerome Nelson on April 5, 1933, in Gainesville, Fla. His mother, Honey Nelson, died when he was 2, his daughter said. At 4 he was adopted by a cousin, Mae Lavong, a beautician, and her husband, Walter, a Pullman porter, who lived in Brooklyn. After graduating from Boys High School, Mr. Lavong attended City College in New York and then Temple University in Philadelphia, where he studied journalism and worked at WRTI, the campus radio station. That led, during the 1950s, to jobsRead More

Hemingway’s First Short Story Found in Key West

ROBERT K. ELDER But how this notebook traveled from Hemingway’s hometown in Oak Park, Ill., to storage in ammo boxes in Key West is another story. Hemingway was the best chronicler of his own life, or in modern terms: a hoarder. He kept not only photos and letters, but also receipts, ticket stubs, dental X-rays, school assignments, Spanish bullfighting magazines and other ephemera. By the time Hemingway died in 1961, he left scores of material scattered in places such as Key West, Oak Park, Cuba and his home in Ketchum,Read More

New Trailer: ‘Annihilation’ Puts Natalie Portman in Dan…

BRUCE FRETTS Photo Natalie Portman in a scene from the trailer for “Annihilation.” Alex Garland follows up his 2015 directorial debut, “Ex Machina,” with another creepy sci-fi drama featuring Oscar Isaac. Only in “Annihilation,” Mr. Isaac’s character vanishes early on, during a mission into an environmental danger zone, and his wife, played by Natalie Portman, leads an expedition to save him. Annihilation (2018) – Teaser Trailer – Paramount Pictures Video by Paramount Pictures Identified as the Biologist, Ms. Portman’s character is accompanied by the Psychologist (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the AnthropologistRead More

Man of ‘Gotham’ Returns

SAM ROBERTS For one thing there was no one to call at 2 in the morning to say I figured something out. What’s striking about both books is that the same themes recur. There are things that are built into the historical structure. It still happens, and it’s almost unnervingly repetitious. You can predict that every 20 years the economy will fall apart: the minks come out of the closet, and then comes collapse, unemployment, homelessness, in some instances political movements demanding federal intervention to support people who are downRead More