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Why do we still care about Ernest Hemingway?

After watching Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary series "Hemingway," critic Gene Seymour says the continuing fascination with the writer's public and private lives remains a mystery. Seymour says our inability to let him go speaks less to what we encounter on the page and more to what lurks behind it -- about Hemingway, and about us -- that we alternate between reveling in and wanting to unsee.
Tags: Cnn, Ken Burns, Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, Seymour, Lynn Novick, Gene Seymour

Opinion: Why do we still care about Ernest Hemingway?

The widespread yet varying attention drawn by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "Hemingway" documentary series -- which ran its course on PBS last week -- proves, if nothing else, that its subject still lingers in the world's collective consciousness almost a century after his first books were first published.
Tags: News, Stories, Ken Burns, Pbs, Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, Lynn Novick

Opinion: The question about Ernest Hemingway that Ken Burns leaves unanswered

The widespread yet varying attention drawn by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "Hemingway" documentary series -- which ran its course on PBS last week -- proves, if nothing else, that its subject still lingers in the world's collective consciousness almost a century after his first books were first published.
Tags: News, Stories, Ken Burns, Pbs, Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, Lynn Novick

The question about Ernest Hemingway that Ken Burns leaves unanswered

The widespread yet varying attention drawn by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "Hemingway" documentary series -- which ran its course on PBS last week -- proves, if nothing else, that its subject still lingers in the world's collective consciousness almost a century after his first books were first published.
Tags: News, Stories, Ken Burns, Pbs, Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, Lynn Novick

The Transgender Nature of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway is one of the most influential and popuar authors in the US. They won the Nobel Prize in Litterature in 1954. Moreover, they bulit a myth of themselves  as the the most masculine of men, the big game hunter and boxer who wrote about bullfighting and war. Yet: They were, in fact, transgender. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have made a new documentary series about Hemingway for the American PBS, and in this series they also look at Hemingway's gender variance.  Hemingway was trying to...
Tags: Sex, Lgbt, Transgender, Ken Burns, Pbs, Trans, Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, Lynn Novick, Queer, Genderqueer, Litterature

Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough marvel over ‘Monday’ romance, Disney+ franchises

Sebastian Stan knows that most moviegoers know him as Captain America’s pal Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier, a character who in the last decade has appeared in seven movies and is now the subject of a TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But while the superhero blockbuster ride is great, and given the recent success of the Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” not likely to end soon, that’s not all there is to know of him and the work he’s done. “I mean, look, I love...
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TV writer Anne Beatts, who penned classic ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketches, dies at 74

Anne Beatts, who got her start at National Lampoon and then joined the writing staff of the then-new comedy TV series “Saturday Night Live,” died on April 7. She was 74 Beatts, who taught at the Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, was responsible for some of the most memorable characters on the early days of “Saturday Night Live.” Among the recurring roles she helped create were Todd DiLaMuca and Lisa Lupner, the nerd couple played by Bill Murray and Gilda Radner, Fred Garvi...
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The Quarantine Stream: ‘Hemingway’ Strives to Deconstruct the Self-Created Myth of Ernest Hemingway

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Hemingway Where You Can Stream It: PBS The Pitch: A six-hour, three-part documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that explores the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Ernest Hemingway is a literary giant. With his terse, minimalist prose he changed the face of American writing, influencing co...
Tags: Movies, Features, Jeff Daniels, Ken Burns, Pbs, Hemingway, Burns, Ernest Hemingway, Daniels, Lynn Novick, Edna O Brien, Novik, Netflix/Streaming Video, Featured Stories Sidebar, The Quarantine Stream

Rickie Lee Jones talks ‘Last Chance Texaco’ and tales of music, heartache, addiction and family

Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones says she decided to write her life story for one simple reason. The material was just so good. “I know I have great stories to tell,” she says recently by phone from her home in New Orleans. “I’ve told a few to audiences in live shows, and told them to friends, and watched them play in my head again and again.” Readers can now get the chance to experience these tales themselves in Jones’s memoir, “Last Chance Texaco,” which hit stores on April 6. She recounts t...
Tags: Books, Music, Bruce Springsteen, California, Washington, Robin Williams, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Tom Waits, Things To Do, Soccer, Ireland, Bob Dylan, Arizona

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ‘Hemingway’ Dissects Complicated Life and Myth of Iconic Writer: TV Review

How impressive is Ken Burns as a documentarian? Think of it like this: In the 1980s, the Brooklyn-born filmmaker earned Oscar nominations for making compelling docs on the history of a pair of inanimate objects. Granted, “Brooklyn Bridge” and “The Statue of Liberty” were films on America’s strength and exceptionalism as much as they were […]
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'Hemingway will last forever': Ken Burns, Lynn Novick discuss their latest documentary subject

Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss their engrossing new six-hour documentary on revered and reviled writer Ernest Hemingway.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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‘Hemingway’ directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick say 3-part film offers surprises, new perspectives

It is not a fast or easy thing to make a documentary, filmmaker Ken Burns says, though the arrival of his new three-part series on the writer Ernest Hemingway came more slowly than most. “I found a scrap of paper from the early or mid-’80s about things to do, and Hemingway was on a very, very short list,” Burns says. “It said, ‘Baseball’ after ‘Civil War,’ which happened.” But after the huge success with his documentaries on those two subjects, Hemingway remained an elusive target as Burns and l...
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'Lucky for him he could write': Ken Burns takes on Ernest Hemingway

Too white, too male, too privileged – and according to some critics, that’s just one of the co-directors. A new PBS documentary on an American giant sails in stormy watersSpeaking at a press event for the new PBS documentary about Ernest Hemingway, the actor Jeff Daniels said of the man whose words he reads: “Lucky for him he could write.”Over six hours, the co-directors Lynn Novick and Ken Burns subject a giant of American literature to an unsparing psychiatric exam. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Television, Media, Documentary, Culture, Jeff Daniels, US television, Factual TV, Ken Burns, Pbs, Educational TV, Ernest Hemingway, Lynn Novick

Postcard #189 (Hank Aaron)

“Look, I don’t have the vision or the voice of Martin Luther King or James Baldwin or Jesse Jackson or even of Jackie Robinson. I’m just an old ballplayer. But I learned a lot as a ballplayer. Among other things, I learned that if you manage to make a name for yourself—and if you’re black, […]
Tags: Filmmaking, Baseball, Ken Burns, Pbs, Jesse Jackson, Postcards, Atlanta Braves, James Baldwin, Jackie Robinson, Marie Kondo, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Lynn Novick, Home Runs

How Prohibition made us more reliant on the income tax

Detroit police inspecting illegal alcohol distilling equipment found in a clandestine underground brewery during Prohibition. (Photo: National Archives and Records Administration via Wikipedia Commons) Last week was the 100th anniversary of a momentous, and eventually failed, effort by U.S. lawmakers to control public actions. Following ratification of the 18th Amendment in 1919, Congress followed up with the National Prohibition Act, commonly referred to as the Volstead Act. It outlawed ...
Tags: Taxes, Congress, United States, States, Ken Burns, Pbs, Detroit, Irs, The New Yorker, Boston University, Herbert Hoover, Al Capone, Lynn Novick, National Archives and Records Administration, Anti Saloon League, BU Today

‘This Is a Story of Hope.’ New Documentary Series College Behind Bars Follows Men and Women Working to Gain College Degrees While in Prison

“Inside the walls of a classroom, you escape the walls of a cell — and you become an individual again.” So says Shawnta Montgomery, speaking at her graduation in the Bard Prison Initiative in College Behind Bars , the latest documentary project from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The four-part series follows men and women incarcerated in maximum and medium security prisons across New York state over the span of four years, as they attempt to gain college degrees through the Bard Prison ...
Tags: New York, News, Obama, Congress, Documentary, Uncategorized, Bill, Ken Burns, Pbs, Criminal Justice, BPI, New York State, Sarah, Clinton, Burns, Bard

Incarcerated Men And Women Find Rehabilitation And Hope In 'College Behind Bars'

A new PBS documentary series follows prisoners who earn college degrees while serving time. Director Lynn Novick and graduates Sebastian Yoon and Dyjuan Tatro talk about how the program changes lives.
Tags: News, Lynn Novick, Sebastian Yoon, Dyjuan Tatro

DVR alert for new documentary, "College Behind Bars"

Thanks to seeing this recent USA Today article, headlined "'Undoing a mistake': Ken Burns film looks inside the push to bring college education back to prison," I just set my DVR to record what looking like an important documentary for all policymakers and reform advocates.  Here are some highlights from the lengthy press article: Stacks of books are organized meticulously by genre amid the chaos of a maximum security prison.  A makeshift desk made from cardboard is placed over a sink in a cram...
Tags: Usa, New York, Law, Congress, America, United States, Ken Burns, Pbs, Usa Today, Hall, BPI, New York State, Ford Foundation, Pell Grant, Lynn Novick, Douglas A Berman

‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘Shoah’: How Two of the 20th Century’s Greatest Films Illuminate Each Other

Two of the 20th century’s greatest films are bound together by the same historical tragedy. When it arrived in theaters in mid-December 1993 — just six months after his summer blockbuster, Jurassic Park — critics and audiences alike embraced Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List as a masterpiece. More than just an awards season drama, the film provided what’s been called a “first foundational encounter with the Holocaust” for a whole generation of viewers. It soon emerged as the crowning achie...
Tags: Europe, Hollywood, Movies, Nazis, America, Bbc, Features, Netflix, Roger Ebert, New York Times, Oscar, Poland, Liam Neeson, Ken Burns, Ralph Fiennes, Spielberg

The Best Books of 2018

2018 was the year that tsundoku entered our cultural vocabulary. It’s a Japanese word that doesn’t translate cleanly into English but it basically means you buy books and let them pile up unread. The end-of-the-year book lists coming out right now won’t help any of us with our tsundoku problems, but there are worse things in life than having too many books around. I took at look at a bunch of these lists and picked out some of the best book recommendations for 2018 from book editors, voracious...
Tags: Amazon, Npr, Ken Burns, Times, Michael Lewis, Tyler Cowen, Snoop Dogg, Jason Kottke, Ny Times, Yotam Ottolenghi, Michael Pollan, Yuval Noah Harari, Harari, Michael Wolf, Lynn Novick, Frederick Douglass

Ken Burns Sees the Past in the Present With ‘The Vietnam War’

People like to say that history repeats itself, but Ken Burns isn’t buying it. “Every event is new and unique,” documentarian Burns says. “What doesn’t change is human nature. Human nature stays the same. Mark Twain is supposed to have said, ‘History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.’” Burns’ latest mammoth documentary series, “The Vietnam […]
Tags: Spotlight, Ken Burns, Pbs, Mark Twain, Burns, Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War, 2018 Emmys

The Morning Watch: ‘Star Wars’ The Animated Movie, ‘Coco’ Script to Screen & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, watch a hand drawn, animated, abridged version of Star Wars as remembered by the artist. Plus, see how the script for Pixar’s Oscar-nominated Coco compares to what we saw on the screen, and watch the Directo...
Tags: Coco, Movies, Youtube, Pixar, Miguel, Steve James, Lynn Novick, Matthew Heineman, Pixar Animation, Star-Wars, Video Of The Day, Guild of America, Steve James Abacus, Bryan Fogel, The Morning Watch, Bryan Fogel Icarus Matthew Heineman

Voices of 'The Vietnam War'

A selection of quotes from interviews featured in the new PBS documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, "The Vietnam War."           
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Vietnam War documentary turns Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried into AbeBooks’ bestselling book of 2017

The PBS documentary offers testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from the war Ken Burns’ epic 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War has turned Tim O’Brien’s 1990 collection of short stories, The Things They Carried, into AbeBooks’ bestselling book of 2017. The series, directed by Burns and Lynn Novick, cost more than $30 million and took over 10 years to produce. The first episode aired in September and it has been widely acclaimed for bringing a new perspective to the conflict, which ended in 1975...
Tags: Books, Downton Abbey, Berlin, Uncategorized, US, George Orwell, New York Times, Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, John Mccain, Margaret Atwood, Ken Burns, Pbs, Joseph Heller, Vietnam, Donald Trump

Best TV of 2017: ‘Game of Thrones’ looms large as ‘Black Mirror’ future approaches

“Game of Thrones” ruled television this year. One reason is that HBO’s grand swords-and-dragons fantasy provided us with some of the absolute best TV of 2017. Another even more significant reason is that after its eighth and final season airs sometime late next year or in early 2019, we will likely never see this kind of widely popular show again. So before giving my take on the best in TV this year, here’s what I mean: For roughly 90 years, Americans have enjoyed communal experiences around the...
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Soundtrack Review: The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score The Vietnam War by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. Buy the score here (if available) At a glance: Geek Score: 83.5 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 23 Album Excellence: 24.3% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? The Vietnam War is a 10-part, 18-hour American television documentary series about the Vietnam War directed by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick and starring Peter Coyote, Bao Ninh & Tran Ngoc Ch...
Tags: Music, TV, North, Ken Burns, Ross, Trent Reznor, 2017, 10s, Nixon, Reznor, Lynn Novick, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor Atticus Ross, Kennedy Johnson, Ken Burns Lynn Novick, The Null Corporation

Veterans Day is the right time to revisit ‘The War’ experience of WWII

Catch up on The War: (Available on Netflix) In time for Veterans Day, this seven-part series from documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick recounts the story of the Second World War through the personal remembrances of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrated that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives. This week The Girlfriend Experience: (9 p.m. Sunday on Starz) The seco...
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‘Last Flag Flying’ Review: Steve Carell Steals the Show in Richard Linklater’s New Drama [New York Film Festival]

There’s one thing that Richard Linklater said while attending this year’s New York Film Festival that’s stuck with me: “To me, time and cinema are so intertwined that you can’t even separate them.” It’s a sentiment that’s similarly inextricable from his latest film, Last Flag Flying. There’s no escaping time. The movie is a snapshot of a very specific moment in American history — one that we’re still recovering from — and constantly reminds us of the passage of time despite how stuck its charac...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Washington, Iraq, Features, Movie Reviews, Manchester, Steve Carell, Ken Burns, Richard Linklater, Vietnam, Saddam Hussein, Cranston, Sal, Arlington, Doc

Whicker: Athletes don’t sign away their right to opinions

No one told Byron “Whizzer” White to Stick To Sports. White was the Heisman Trophy runner-up at Colorado in 1937. He also was a Rhodes Scholar, but Oxford agreed to postpone his further education one year, so that White could lead the NFL in rushing. White was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Kennedy and stayed there 31 years. Which meant he devoted much of his life to delivering, and writing, opinions. Jack Kemp, the AFL quarterback turned Vice Presidential nominee, didn’t Stick To S...
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Don’t let 2017 become a reboot of 1968: Doug McIntyre

Talk about must see TV… Heroes and villains! Palace intrigue! Betrayal! Bravery! Sex! Senseless slaughter. Not “Game of Thrones”, rather, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s masterful 10-part, 18-hour PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War.” As I work my way through the rice paddies and river deltas of South East Asia from the safety and comfort of my living room, the Vietnam War and those incredibly turbulent childhood and teen years of my youth are brought back vividly to life: the bravery and sacrifice of...
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