Privacy and celebrity aren't particularly well-acquainted concepts. But actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and John Cusack appear in a new PSA video calling for an end to NSA surveillance practices.
October 14, 2002
With Arthur Miller reaching the age of eighty-seven this month, it is time for those of us who have not always been in his corner to salute one of our theater's most distinguished elder statesmen. Aging surely has its inconsolable side, the worst being the waning of your faculties and the loss of those you love (Miller this year suffered the death of his wife, the gifted photographer Inge Morath.) But one of the advantages of growing old is that you finally begin to outlive your critics—or at least their sour opinions of you.
Jenny’s love life is in tatters. “You know, I love being single,” confesses the talk-show host, but her smoker-induced “ashtray breath” keeps all the men at bay. After all, it’s hard balancing the roles of busy smoker and eligible woman seeking love. But luckily for Jenny, she’s found “a smarter alternative,” blu e-cigs, cigarettes that make her “feel better” about herself.
On this day in 1828, Leo Tolstoy was born. This surprisingly clear footage from 1910 shows the author towards the end of his life.
Am I the only one who watched the video (see below) of former Rep. Anthony Weiner arguing with a man in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and found Weiner kind of endearing? Admittedly Weiner calls the guy a "jackass," which probably isn't appropriate for somebody seeking elected office (although the question of whether Weiner is at this point seeking elected office is much like the question of how many angels dance on the head of a pin).
On this day in 1920 jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker was born. In the video below, Parker performs "Hot House" with trumpeter (and frequent collaborator) Dizzy Gillespie in 1951. Image via Shutterstock.
In June of 1963, James Baldwin appeared on Boston public television producer Henry Morgenthau III's show "The Negro and the American Promise," where he discussed Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and how the civil rights movement must proceed.Image via Shutterstock.
On August 28, 1963, The March on Washington brought between 200,000 and 300,000 people to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and remains firmly entrenched in the American mind as the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speech. In this 1965 clip from Meet the Press, King discusses the legacy of the March. Image via Shutterstock.
Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury was born on this day in 1920. While now heralded as one of the best science fiction writers ever, Bradbury initially struggled to get stories published. Below, he talks about his early years and writing through rejection. Image via Shutterstock.
Leon Trotsky, exiled from Russia and living in Mexico, died after being stabbed with an ice pick on this day in 1940. Trotsky lived with painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from 1937 to 1939—though he and Rivera later became enemies after his affair with Kahlo. Watch Kahlo and Rivera welcome Trotsky and his wife to their home. Image via Shutterstock.