Most years around this time, we ask The Times’s staff book critics what they’ll be reading over the summer. But book critics, when not reading, also spend the summer like the rest of us do: taking in movies, plays, ballets and the sun. So we’ve asked our book critics to tell us what other cultural offerings they’re looking forward to this season. And we’ve saved the “what you’re planning to read” question for The Times’s esteemed critics in other disciplines, bookish types all. Their answers are below. — John Williams, Daily Books Editor and Staff Writer Ben Brantley, co-chief theater critic Some names tantalize even in parentheses. For years, I’d been seeing Barbara Skelton cited in books about literary London in the 20th century, and every time she was mentioned, however tangentially, I knew that she was someone I had to spend more time with. She was a tart, taut writer; a High Bohemian; and a world traveler whose … [Read more...] about A Season to Catch Up on Reading
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This list was originally published before the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It’s been updated (with new interviews with nominating committee members) and revised for this year’s ceremony, which takes place this week at the Barclays Center on March 29. This year’s inductees — the Zombies, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Roxy Music, Def Leppard, and Stevie Nicks — have been added to the list. There shouldn’t be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The idea of a bunch of self-satisfied music-industry fat cats in tuxedos having rock stars assemble for a command performance once a year is precisely the sort of thing rock was created to be the antidote to. There is nothing less rock and roll than a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That said, it does exist. The question is, how well has the hall functioned? Has it done its job well, within its ridiculous premise? What follows is a list of all of the regular inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of … [Read more...] about Every Artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ranked From Best to Worst
In 1993, New York author Lee Israel found herself staring down the barrel of a prison sentence. Following an investigation by the FBI, she had been busted as a literary forger. For the past two years, the 53-year-old biographer and journalist had made a killing – not a fortune, but enough to pay the arrears on her rent and get her beloved sick cat treated by the vet – by inventing letters from well-known wits of the mid-20th century. In a series of clever fakes bashed out on vintage Remingtons and Adlers sourced from local junk shops, Israel had ventriloquised funny one-pagers from the likes of Noël Coward, the actor Fanny Brice and, her particular favourite, the satirist Dorothy Parker. With Israel in charge, Brice, of Funny Girl fame, quipped about the size of her nose, Parker apologised for being drunk yet again – “I’m sure that I must have said something terrible” – and Coward was bitchy about Marlene Dietrich, that “canny old … [Read more...] about Fakes and fortunes: has the time come to forgive literary forger Lee Israel?
A fire department made a dream come true for a 3 ½-year-old battling cancer. A church purchased a longtime strip club with plans to do “something good for the community” at the site. A baseball team rallied to win a state championship in honor of a lost teammate. Marshfield has a lot to be proud of in 2018, and a lot of great people to thank for those efforts. Marshfield News-Herald editors reviewed readers' nominations for the 2018 People of the Year and added some of our own. We hope you enjoy reading through some of the year's highlights and recognizing the people who made them possible. The Marshfield News-Herald's 2018 People of the Year are: Marshfield Fire Department: Boy battling cancer becomes honorary firefighter Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Three-year-old with cancer meets his heroes: Marshfield firefighters Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo Lincoln Schrock uses a water … [Read more...] about Marshfield’s 2018 People of the Year