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Alan Bennett

Reach Out and Touch Someone

George Heymont | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

When people think about artistic achievement, many focus on an individual's triumph in winning an award to recognize his talent. The truth is that the road leading up to that person's moment of glory was paved with the input of many others.

Reach Out and Touch Someone

George Heymont | Posted 07.10.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The truth, however, is that the road leading up to that person's moment of glory was paved with the input and contributions of many others.

Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader

Dana Sachs | Posted 12.26.2012 | Books
Dana Sachs

Any reader will relate to this sudden love affair with books -- the hunger for reading, its satisfactions and frustrations, that unavoidable sense that there are so many good books to read and none of us can ever manage, as the queen says, to catch up.

Alan Bennett: Closing Libraries Is Tantamount To 'Child Abuse'

Telegraph | Morwenna Ferrier | Posted 07.25.2011 | Books

Alan Bennett last night launched a scathing attack on a local council's plans to close a popular north london library, comparing the loss to "child ab...

DVDs: Treme Frustrating, Fun; Tangled; the Real Arthur and More!

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The track record of the people behind Treme (they did The Wire) means I'll probably keep watching, but this look at New Orleans post-Katrina is one of the most frustrating shows I've ever watched.

Holiday Shopping From Your Shelves

Dana Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dana Sachs

A few months ago, I faced a confounding problem. My bookshelves were packed so tightly that I couldn't even shove in a very skinny novella. I knew that I had too many books, but the idea of getting rid of any filled me with sadness.

First Nighter: Important "Red" Alert on Broadway

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Red insists that art matters; so does Red matter in all its dark, dramatic hues.

Why Are These Artists Defending Pedophiles?

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Johann Hari

Over the past few years, there has been a drip-drip of artists, from Alan Bennett to Gore Vidal, defending old men who abuse their power over young boys and girls for sexual pleasure.

The Great Train Robbery Explained -- By Peter Cook

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Martin Lewis

The Great Train Robbers stole what would now be over US $65 million in one night. Nearly as much as the average Enron or Haliburton rip-off, but these blue-collar villains used their actual hands to lift the loot.