'Crushed' by 2 papacies, John Paul I's death eclipsed life
Pope John Paul I is widely recalled not so much for his life but for the murky circumstances of his abrupt death, 33 days after being elected pontiff in 1978, Now, admirers of the so-called "smiling pope” are using his approaching beatification to focus on the accomplishments of the pope instead of the intrigue surrounding his demise at age 65 which spawned best-sellers alleging he was poisoned or his health was neglected by detractors in the Vatican.
Hal Holbrook, prolific actor who played "Deep Throat" in "All the President's Men," has died at 95
Hal Holbrook, the award-winning character actor who toured the world for more than 50 years as Mark Twain in a one-man show and uttered the immortal advice "Follow the money" in the classic political thriller "All the President's Men," has died. Holbrook played the mysterious informant "Deep Throat" (later revealed to be FBI official Mark Felt) who provided key information to Woodward. The association began in 1954 when an instructor at Ohio's Denison University gave Holbrook the role as part of a thesis assignment. Over the years, Holbrook took "Mark Twain Tonight!" When he wasn't portraying Twain, Holbrook showed impressive versatility.cbsnews.com
Hal Holbrook, prolific actor who played Twain, dies at 95
FILE - Actor Hal Holbrook appears during an interview in his New York apartment on Feb. 8, 1973. Holbrook died on Jan. 23 in Beverly Hills, California, his representative, Steve Rohr, told The Associated Press Tuesday. Holbrook died on Jan. 23 in Beverly Hills, California, his representative, Steve Rohr, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Holbrook’s material is uproarious, his ability to hold an audience by acting is brilliant,” said The New York Times. AdWhen he wasn’t portraying Twain, Holbrook showed impressive versatility.
Obscure works by Chandler, Christie published this week
NEW YORK – Two of crime fiction's most famous storytellers, Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie, also knew how to get a laugh. According to Tony Medawar, producer of the International Agatha Christie Festival (in Devon, England), Christie likely drew upon her own childhood in setting a playful atmosphere, with the kids showing proper irreverence for the supposedly world famous detective. “Christmas Adventure" also is appearing in the upcoming Christie collection “Midwinter Murder,” which comes out Oct. 20. "‘Christmas Adventure’ is a particularly light-hearted story," Medawar says. Chandler's employer guide, according to Chandler scholar Dr. Sarah Trott, was likely written in the early 1950s, when Chandler hired a private secretary, Juanita Messick.
Alexie, Pilkey books among most 'challenged' of past decade
FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie appears at a celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day at Seattle's City Hall. Alexie is included in a list of authors who wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. All wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. The association does not formally count the number of times books are actually removed from a library shelf or from a school reading list. “There are actually two lines of objections to the Anne Frank diary,” Caldwell-Stone says.
THAWED OUT RACISM
Racism is Often Hidden, but Now Thawed OutWe often learn about many of the Western European empires and philosophers as if no others ever existed. This sanitizes and hides racism, and makes easy to continue with white supremacist lies about history. Adventurers like Christopher Columbus, a murderer, and David Crockett, a racist, along with the philosophical baggage of Kant, Voltaire, and a slew of other racist Western philosophers drove their ideas. Martin Luther Kings answer to the speed at which oppression and segregation would end, Not Long, is today shattered. The forces of racism are always ready to jump out of their frozen world, thaw out when summoned, and metastasized.saobserver.com
The Latest: Chappelle praised for his passion for music
WASHINGTON, DC – The Latest on Dave Chappelle receiving the Mark Twain prize for lifetime achievement in comedy (all times local):10 p.m.Musician John Legend paid tribute to Dave Chappelle's passion for music and determination to use his influence to spotlight different artists. At the height of his fame, Chappelle organized "Dave Chappelle's Block Party"_a movie built around an all-star concert featuring Legend, the Roots and a reunion of The Fugees. Chappelle was accepting his Mark Twain prize for lifetime achievement in American comedy at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Hometown boy Dave Chappelle is crediting his formative years in Washington DC with helping home his comedic spirit and artistic bravery. Chappelle grew up outside Washington in Silver Spring, Maryland and attended Washington's Duke Ellington High School for the performing arts.
13 fun facts about Friday the 13th
Whether you think it's unlucky or not, cross your fingers and check out these 13 fun facts about Friday the 13th and our collective aversion to the number 13. Taylor Swift thinks of 13 as her lucky number and has some connections with Friday the 13th: "I was born on the 13th. Frighteningly entertainingThe 13th film in the "Friday the 13th" franchise is being developed by Paramount Pictures, with a 2017 release date. The word for fear of the number 13 is "triskaidekaphobia." Tuesday is also terrifyingIn some Spanish-speaking countries, Tuesday (Martes) the 13th is considered bad luck.