Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Nisan 12, 5775
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Michael Grana says he knew from the age of 10. That was back in 1963. "I was infatuated with Barbra Streisand," he explains. "I bought black liquid eyeliner and would lock myself in the bathroom and practice drawing her Nefertiti-like eye extensions. One day the maid knocked. 'Open up. I need the Comet,' she said. 'Give me a minute," I...
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When readers become deeply attached to a popular or classic novel, they're often not happy with what's done to it when it's adapted to film. The more beloved the work, in fact, the more extreme the reaction. But I just discovered that the reverse is sometimes true. When you're not so impressed with a piece of fiction, it can, at...
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"New York had all the iridescence of the beginning of the world," wrote novelist and short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1932 of the city that would forever be the embodiment of his dreams. David Stravitz, the author and compiler of the clear, crisp photography that fills New York, Empire City, 1920-1945, recently published by Abrams, uses the Fitzgerald...
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These days, Michael Eisner sounds exactly like a member of my family. Let me explain. A few weeks ago, I noted that I was not a great fan of sleepover camps, but that my opinion was anomalous - and I needed to look no farther than my wife and three children (and lots of other relatives) to prove my point,...
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Vivian Gussin Paley, a longtime kindergarten teacher and author with a score of titles to her credit, made her mark as an educator by telling stories to the young and getting their reactions. Sometimes, the children would share stories with her, then act them out, an exercise that Paley heartily encouraged, insisting in her published works that it benefited a...
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