Anthony Neil Wedgwood “Tony” Benn a legendary socialist activist and previous UK cabinet minister died today at age 88. After having a long career within government supporting democratic socialist policies Benn endeavored to leave public service in order to offer a compelling vision of a democratic society as a private citizen. His advocacy and passion for his beliefs was respected even by his political opponents in the center and on the right.
|By: Elliott Monday February 24, 2014 8:00 pm|
Writer, Actor, Director: Harold Ramis, the man behind some of the funniest movies of my generation, passed away at the too young age of 69. It would be hard to pick only one favorite, I’ve laughed at everything — and that’s a fact, Jack.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday February 18, 2014 8:00 pm|
It is stunning when someone you grew up listening to, whose music was an ongoing part of your life dies, and suddenly, unexpectedly. It is a great a loss to Devo fans, to music, and a even greater loss to Bob Casale’s friends and family.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday February 11, 2014 8:00 pm|
Shirley Temple–child star and United States ambassador–has died. Franklin D. Roosevelt said that the lovable curly-haired moppet had saved America during the Depression with her high spirits and talent. The New York Times called her a model child star–certainly Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber could have taken page out her book.
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday February 2, 2014 2:04 pm|
Not a traditional leading man, the pale and plump Philip Seymour Hoffman was a thinking person’ sex symbol: Smart, talented, sensitive with who brought intelligence and naturalism to his roles. Along with his Oscar win for Capote, he was nominated for three Supporting Actor Oscars (Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt, and The Master, and three Tony nominations (two for Best Leading Actor in True West and Death of a Salesman, and one for Best Featured Actor in Long Day’s Journey into Night).
|By: Kit OConnell Friday January 10, 2014 7:00 pm|
If you’ve got a favorite work by Baraka, or a favorite memory or moment from his life feel free to share it in the comments. And even if you don’t watch the whole thing, be sure to check out the Def Poetry performance about the 15 minute mark in the video.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Thursday January 2, 2014 3:26 pm|
Parents just don’t understand!
Despite being short-tempered and full of lectures, he was truly looking out for his family’s best interest. He worked hard to earn for his family and yet he was always there to listen and lecture and laugh and dance with them. He was more than his job, and while he took Will into his home reluctantly; with time he came to love him as his own.
|By: Elliott Sunday December 15, 2013 1:05 pm|
Peter O’Toole has died, surprisingly at the age of 81, not 41..
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday June 19, 2013 7:48 pm|
Sad news, tonight: James Gandolfini is dead. The Sopranos was one of the pioneers of the modern era of challenging, intelligent storytelling on television, and as a result it will always be Gandolfini’s most memorable role.
|By: Kit OConnell Sunday June 9, 2013 8:00 pm|
Iain M Banks is that rare author who could bridge both the worlds of genre fiction and so-called literary fiction. Even some of his mainstream works like The Wasp Factory borrow heavily from the imagery of genre (horror, in the case of Wasp Factory) but his incredible skill as a writer carried him above the genre ghetto.