This is the largest citizen empowerment change seen in history, and it has happened almost entirely from technology. The impact on consumer behaviour and, more importantly, on expectation has been overwhelming—a true game changer. We live in different times and I for one am very tired of hearing examples and role models which are historically inappropriate, holding to a past with little to offer the adaptive approaches required today.
When we’re talking about money, let’s talk about money, where it goes and why there’s not enough diversity there. But when we’re talking about diversity of plays, theatremakers, and audience, let’s talk about diversity as such, and stop requiring outdated entrance fees to that discussion. Why isn’t Bindlestiff at that table? THEY’RE THE ONLY FILIPINO THEATRE IN THE COUNTRY. And it’s like they just don’t exist. There’s nonstop talk in the club about how “theatre” needs to diversify or die, while everyone inside pretends there aren’t hundreds of diverse theatres they stopped at the rope line.
…examines the four turbulent years from 1972 to 1976, the bridge from Nixon’s very visible demise to Reagan’s increasingly visible triumph. All three have a trademark style. They are prodigiously researched; they are long; they are funny; and, in their zeal for narrative, they owe more to the high-quality journalism of a David Halberstam or a Theodore White than to the footnoting, the theorizing, and the narrowed focus of academic historical writing. In addition, Perlstein’s…books trace a single argument—that the conservative movement divided the nation.
'…Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Oakland and Detroit are drawing on their histories of race-related activism or factory shutdowns and using those details to attract business, tourists and new residents. They say the ups and downs of the past helped make them what they are today.'
…Janet MacLachlan and…James McEachin worked on [the Rockford Files] in parts that were about character, not race…Rita Moreno elevated the heroic call girl stereotype in her recurring role…Maybe one reason is that the decision makers on “Rockford” reflected life, as well. Behind the camera, actor-director Ivan Dixon directed a chunk of episodes, and African American actor-producer Chas. Floyd Johnson was a longtime part of the production team. It all seemed no big deal in the Rockford/Garner world, one that was written, it can be noted, not only by David Chase, who obviously learned lessons he would later bring to “The Sopranos,” but also by Juanita Bartlett, who wrote many of the show’s best episodes and was story consultant.
…the Rome dinner shows another side of Mr. Obama.
As one of an increasing number of late-night dinners in his second term, it offers a glimpse into a president who prefers intellectuals to politicians, and into the rarefied company Mr. Obama may keep after he leaves the White House.