Category Archives: people

Art Critic David Bonetti, 71

He began his career at the Boston Phoenix, went on to the San Francisco Examiner (1989-2002; he left as a result of the merger with the Chronicle), and spent seven tumultuous years (2003-2009) at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “during which he developed both a national reputation for arts criticism and more than a few foes […]

The Many Times Still-Living Celebrities Got To Read Their Own Obits (Even Before Twitter)

There are slip-ups, and then there’s the CNN Incident. “Many of the obits were filled in with text from Britain’s Queen Mother, who had died the year before, including a description of Dick Cheney as ‘the U.K.’s favorite grandmother.’ Castro was listed as ‘lifeguard, athlete, movie star,’ a description lifted from Ronald Reagan’s bio.”

When You’re One Of TV’s Rare Latina Leads, You Have To Prove Yourself In Many Arenas (Including The Climbing Wall)

Jaina Lee Ortiz is starring in a show about firefighters, so naturally, she “signed herself up for the firefighter’s Candidate Physical Abilities Test as soon as she landed the Station 19 role, running up flights of stairs in weighted gear, dragging a 165-pound dummy out of a building.” And going on climbing walls for “moving […]

Philip Glass Talks About His Life In Music

When I do concerts I often give talks to students. They get them together, and I talk to them in the afternoon, and we talk about music. Not too long ago one young fellow, he said, “Tell me one thing that I can take away from this talk that I’ll remember and that’s important.” And […]

Embattled Director Kirill Serebrennikov Gets A Film Into Cannes – So Russia Extends His House Arrest

The director of Moscow’s acclaimed Gogol Center theater, Serebrennikov has been under house arrest since last August, awaiting trial on embezzlement charges that his allies call absurd and trumped-up. Seemingly in response to the news that Serebrennikov’s latest film, Summer, will be screened in competition at the Cannes Festival next month, authorities in Moscow extended […]

Tom Lehrer At 90

A fond look at the life and career of the mathematician-turned-satirical-songwriter-turned-mathematician of whom The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Lehrer’s muse [is] not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste.” He’s released no new songs in more than 40 years; as he said in 2002, “Things I once thought were funny are scary now. I […]

Carl Kasell, Longtime NPR Newscaster, Dead At 84

“In 1975, Kasell joined NPR as a part-time employee. Four years later, he announced the news for the first broadcast of a new show called Morning Edition. Over three decades, he became one of the network’s most recognized voices. … And then came a surprise second act; after decades of being super-serious, Kasell got a […]