Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Or when is it enough: A biographer's dilemma
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When Florence Noiville's Isaac B. Singer: A Life arrived in my office, just the look of the book -- it's sheer lack of heft -- made me sit up and take notice. Here was the biography of a major 20th-century writer -- a Nobel Prize winner, at that -- and the volume topped off, with index, at under 200 pages...
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"Raines" drops into the midseason TV schedule like a warm welcome spring storm -- with a wallop. An offbeat, possibly off-his-rocker rollicking detective with a built-in audience of one, Michael Raines speaks to actor Jeff Goldblum in a meaningful way. That is, when he's not talking to himself. Because, you see, Raines is his own sounding board, even if it...
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Strawberries meet their match!
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Ralph and Stacey Sevinor of Massachusetts love to entertain. But you won't find a team of outside caterers descending on their kitchen. The CEO of the successful alarm-system company Wayne Securities in Lynn, Mass., Ralph and his wife, a former restaurateur, cook together -- and they do it with enviable panache. A menu for 40 might include everything from grilled...
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More than 20 years after "Talk Radio" proved the talk of the town -- plugging into national paranoia as a powerful performance piece -- playwright Eric Bogosian's voice of America is broadcasting from Broadway. Yet still, the hurt and healing that first attended the 1985 production in Portland, Ore. -- and later, when it went off and running off-Broadway --...
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When you think of great works of modern architecture, the first things that likely come to mind are the towering skyscrapers of New York or Chicago, or the great variety of eclectic homes built for special clients, like Frank Lloyd Wright's monumental Fallingwater, commissioned by a Pittsburgh department-store magnate and set deep in the woods of western Pennsylvania. But another...
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