Friday, January 07, 2005

Playbill News: Amy Ryan Set for Upcoming Broadway "Streetcar"

I'm so very happy for my dear friend, Amy Ryan. She'll return to the Great White Way this Spring for what is sure to be one of the highlights of the season. Can't wait!!

Playbill News: Reilly and Ryan Set as the Kowalskis in Upcoming Broadway Streetcar with Richardson

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Will Eisner, RIP (1917-2005) Posted by Hello
I am deeply saddened tonight over the death of graphic novel artist and writer, Will Eisner. I have been collecting comic books for as long as I can remember. My "partner in crime" was a father-figure to me: a man named Peter Tibble. Peter and I shared a common love of comics, but we adored one hero in particular: The Spirit. A few years ago, my dear Peter passed away. Tonight, Eisner's death brought all of my love for Peter back up again.

Peter and I both loved The Spirit because he wasn't a superhero...and he always got the girl. The Spirit was a good guy (Denny Colt) who was killed and reborn (in a blue suit, mask, and gloves) to fight crime. Eisner never endowed The Spirit with superpowers: he was just a guy trying to make things right as he protected the city. Comic fans routinely call "The Spirit" the "Citizen Kane" of comics, as it broke new ground for the medium.

Tonight, as I read of Will Eisner's death, Peter's passion for life and comic collecting flashed back to me in an instant. As I sat and stared at the image of The Spirit I realized something I never noticed before: Peter looked just like him.

May peace bring you peace, Will Eisner. You are missed already.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell: A Novel

Wow -- what an amazing way to end my bookreading year. This 700+ page tome is all that it is cracked up to be! Fantasy, history, and a beautiful stylistic narrative that seems as true as Dickens. It is a favorite of my recent trip and I can't wait for the sequel. A must-read for 2005.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family

My friend Herbie bought this for my wife for Hannukah. She brought it on vacation and I read it. I don't know WHY I read it, but I did. Very cute collection of essays and stories about food.