June 3, 2010
— The pall that has hung over the Orioles clubhouse the past few days may or may not be because of the uncertainty surrounding the moment's-notice job insecurity of manager Dave Trembley. I mean, how are you supposed to tell? It's not like everything else is so ducky that the players would be playing ping pong in grass skirts if Dave's head wasn't on the block. The O's have been getting their brains beat out everywhere they go and many of the players have their own jobs to worry about, so the status of the manager is just part of the unhappy equation.
November 30, 1990
"Misery" is about the eternal battle of the human race -- not the fight between men and women or fathers and sons or armies of the night, but something far more fundamental: between those who write and those who think they can fix it. It's a horror movie about editing.The film, expertly adapted from a Stephen King novel by William Goldman and astutely directed for maximum psychological intensity by Rob Reiner, is certainly the best King adaption since "Cujo," quite an amusing, nasty little piece of work.
April 22, 1994
While chatting with a young audience on MTV, President Clinton was asked about the deep sense of "emptiness" that so many youths feel in their lives.The president responded with an upbeat pep talk, urging young people to shun cynicism and look to a brighter future.It will take more than pep talks and inspirational slogans to cure the widespread emotional blahs that allegedly afflict millions of young Americans.Because of the seriousness of this problem, I recently discussed with Dr. I.M. Kookie, the world-renowned expert on lots of stuff.
November 2, 1994
Various polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans are glum. They dislike the national decline in everybody else's morality, meddling government, doublespeak politicians, arrogant media, highly paid athletes, sports strikes, and many other annoyances.The question is why are people so unhappy when times are relatively good, the economy seems perky, and it seems unlikely that Judge Ito will totally ban TV coverage.To get answers, I arranged for an exclusive interview with Dr. I.M. Kookie, the internationally renowned expert on lots of stuff.
December 13, 1990
William Goldman is a survivor. By his own admission, screenwriters ''come and go,'' and he has been doing scripts for 24 years.''Let's see, 'Harper' was 24 years ago, and I've been writing scripts ever since,'' he said.Of course, he's also been writing books, among them ''Soldier in the Rain,'' ''Marathon Man,'' ''Magic,'' ''The Princess Bride'' and ''Tinsel,'' which the studio biography does not bother to mention.With a work history as impressive as this, why did he decide to do the script for ''Misery?
February 3, 1993
Listen closely and you can hear the gnawing of thousands of hungry stomachs, from Brooklyn Park to Bristol, from Pasadena to Maryland City. Not a pretty sound, which is why many of us choose not to hear it except, perhaps, during the holidays when we are in the mood to do good things for the less fortunate.It's time to start listening. Hunger isn't seasonal here, nor are the chronically poor the only ones who don't have enough to eat. Layoffs by employers such as Westinghouse Electric Corp.