February 15, 2013 |
‘Life Is but a Dream," Beyonce Knowles's HBO documentary about herself, is billed as a revealing look inside the superstar's world circa 2011-12, as she shifts business gears, reinjects her music with an updated R&B feel and, as you surely know, gives birth to a daughter. The project is mostly just a fleeting glimpse, which is ultimately a disappointment, given the world's desperate and ongoing interest in all things Beyonce. Early in the film, Beyonce relays that special feeling of celebrity futility...
October 23, 2009 |
An occasional series in which the Post's book critic reconsiders notable and/or neglected books from the past. First published in 1960, reissued in paperback in 1982, now out of print but not at all difficult to find in used copies, Noël Coward 's first and only novel is a small gem. It must have caught everyone by surprise when it appeared. Coward was in his early 60s and really didn't need to go to the trouble. He was one of the world's most famous and beloved entertainers, the author of dozens of...
October 6, 2008 |
In early 1980, John McCain was a man in transition -- and in a hurry. Nine months earlier, at a cocktail reception in Hawaii, he met a glamorous young heiress named Cindy Lou Hensley and, by all accounts, fell instantly in love. McCain spent months flying from Washington to Arizona pursuing this new relationship. Soon, the 43-year-old naval attache and his 25-year-old sweetheart were engaged. There was only one complication: McCain was still married. Carol Shepp McCain, then 42, had endured much in more than 14...
November 22, 2008
I find it amazing that The Post would publish any article by disgraced former New York governor Eliot L. Spitzer ["How to Ground the Street," Outlook, Nov. 16]. Why do you think your readers are remotely interested in what this unethical person has to say about anything? It was ironic that Spitzer used the words "greed" and "integrity. " His last sentence, which began "Although mistakes I made in my private life now prevent me . . .," summed up completely the problem with Eliot Spitzer.
June 26, 2012 |
Several centuries ago it was written that, "Every day and every hour we say things about others that we would more properly say about ourselves. " Apparently this is a human tick that never varies through the ages. Both in praise and criticism, we reveal ourselves as much as we evaluate others. Tiger Woods seldom leaves the door ajar to any of his private rooms. But, before his own event, the AT&T National, with a field of 110 that starts at Congressional Country Club ...
July 15, 2009 |
GIRL IN A BLUE DRESS A Novel Inspired by the Life & Marriage of Charles Dickens By Gaynor Arnold Crown. 414 pp. $25.99 Charles Dickens was the modern age's first great celebrity, a writer who not only essentially invented Christmas -- as a recent book argues -- but also created many of our sentimental attitudes about hearth and home. Two new novels remind us, though, that Dickens's own hearth and home were just the sort of mess we get from today's movie stars and defense-of-marriage politicians.