AUGUST WILSON’S “GEM OF THE OCEAN”

GEM OF THE OCEAN, A NOISE WITHIN

This week’s arts and culture column begins: Here’s how Pasadena’s A Noise Within Theater pitches its latest production: Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson unfolds the African American legacy in the first chronological episode of his celebrated “American Century Cycle,” a soaring, mystical tale of a man desperate for redemption in 1904 Pittsburgh. Aunt Ester, a […]

TOVE JANSSON’S THE SUMMER BOOK , AND A RADIO INTERVIEW

I always forget to say when I’m going to be on the radio. So tune in tonight to “Amplify,”  KDKA Pittsburgh, 9-11 EST. Fr. Ron Lengwin and I will be discussing my new book, RAVISHED. Meanwhile, here’s this week’s arts and culture column:  Tove Jansson (1914-2001), a Swedish-speaking Finnish writer and artist, is perhaps best […]

BEHIND THE BULLET: A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON GUN VIOLENCE

BEHIND THE BULLET

“Behind the Bullet” is a documentary, directed and produced by Heidi Yewman, with the tagline: “4 Shooters. 4 Stories. A New Perspective on Gun Violence.” Yewman is a graduate of Columbine High School and lost her former basketball coach Dave Sanders in the 1999 mass shooting. She’s since written a book, also called “Beyond the […]