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11.25.2014 | 62 days ago | Posted at 08:56 AM

Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire

By David Luhrssen
According to New Yorker drama critic John Lahr, Tennessee Williams’ playwriting ran contrary to Hollywood’s version of America as a land “where right and wrong were clear, progress was certain, and goodness prevailed.” Lahr’s extensive biography, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (W.W. Norton), focuses on Williams’ work in the theater, and the ways in which his plays...
10.31.2013 | | Posted at 02:58 PM

A second look at an underrated director

By David Luhrssen
  This past January, as the University Press of Kentucky was publishing my biography of director Rouben Mamoulian, Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen, I learned that another book on the neglected auteur was scheduled for publication this spring. I must confess I was a bit nervous over reading Joseph Horowitz’s “On My Way”: The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin,...
01.14.2013 | | Posted at 01:46 PM

J.G. Ballard on Movies and Life

By David Luhrssen
  J.G. Ballard attracted avid readers with the publication of his first novel, The Drowned World (1962), a story of global warming long before the topic was hot, but the general public knows him best for Empire of the Sun. Steven Spielberg turned Ballard’s mostly autobiographical novel into the 1987 film that introduced Christian Bale, standing in for the author as an adolescent....
Monday, Nov. 5, 2012

A geologist investigates ‘Noah’s Flood’

 In some polls, nearly half of all Americans believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old and was once entirely covered by Noah’s flood, which left behind the mountain ranges and canyons that constitute the topography of our world.