Cagney, best known for his portrayals of tough guys, learned Yiddish as a child on the Lower East Side, where he lived in a largely Jewish tenement.8
“Pity she’s a Hebrew,” remarks a local society woman.
This is a conversation that’s easily applicable to communities that place a high value on achievement.
“Dovlatov was as handsome as a movie star, but he also harbored an incredibly complex inner world.”
Weinstein carried three large books into the police station, including “Elia Kazan: A Biography,” by Richard Schickel.
Oprah gave a pitch-perfect commencement speech at my school’s graduation, a mix of motivation (“Be the truth. Be. The. Truth.”) and motivation shtick (“Invest in a quality mattress. And don’t cheap out on your shoes.”). The exhortation that won the biggest rise from the thousand USC Annenberg students: “Vote. Vote. Vote.” Their cheers almost made me forget that most of them probably won’t.
Rajiv Joseph considers the power of storytelling and dangers posed when the powerful and malignant wield know how to craft stories.
In the 1950s, the culture — in Hollywood and elsewhere — turned increasingly hostile toward women.
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