Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774
Dorothy Fields' phrasing gave an irrepressible spin to famous melodies
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In the male-dominated world of Tin Pan Alley song writing, especially in its heyday in the 1920s and '30s, lyricist Dorothy Fields was one of the few women to triumph and be taken seriously by her peers and the public. Her name might not ring bells, but most people of a certain age or with a certain interest would likely...
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The sad story behind a particular art collection
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My father was an inveterate collector, and over the years, he converted our house into a kind of museum. The first floor was literally filled with books, antique furniture, Oriental rugs, paintings and all of the accessories that make a space come alive. My father's taste was wide-ranging and impeccable, and best of all, none of the rooms were off-limits...
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The films of Michael Haneke let no one off the hook
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Several months ago, I began writing what's shaping up to be a series of articles about my reintroduction to the film world through the pleasures of home video technology and the ever-burgeoning field of cinema books. The re-evaluation process started six months ago, when I came to realize that my disillusionment with Hollywood action films and dim-witted comedies had caused...
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Though she lived well into the 20th century -- till 1923, in fact -- legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt is these days a creature of the distant past, resting in a comfortable cocoon of myth. Part of her legend stems from the fact that many believe Marcel Proust and Henry James, two of the world's supreme novelists, based important characters...
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Temple University Press has struck up a lovely relationship with our city -- and certain of its institutions -- that has led to the creation of several spiffy books for children (though older readers who are still young at heart can also join in and benefit). The prototype for what's now shaping up to be a series of sorts was...
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