| May 25, 2008
WE think we know Damon Runyon, and we might think we're pretty jaded about him, but a fat new anthology, " 'Guys and Dolls' and Other Writings" (Penguin: 636 pp., $18 paper), introduced by Pete Hamill and edited and annotated by Cornell professor Daniel...
| Jul 21, 2008
| 7:30 PM
A small envelope would come once in a while, familiar Evanston return address on the outside, familiar insight on the inside. Any word from Jerome Holtzman was welcome.
He was a gruff man but a gentleman, a newspaper bulldog but an old softie, a U.S....
| Aug 5, 2009
| 8:06 PM
NEW YORK -- Budd Schulberg, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for the Marlon Brando classic "On the Waterfront," died Wednesday at age 95.
Schulberg, the son of a studio boss who earlier had defined the Hollywood hustle with the novel "What Makes...
| Aug 27, 2009
They came from New York, the Midwest, the Southern states, a great exodus of young comics traveling west in search of a few minutes with Johnny Carson. That's all it took to begin the migration: In 1972, "The Tonight Show" moved from New York to Burbank,...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 5:02 PM
At the Fights
American Writers on Boxing
Edited by George Kimball & John Schulian
Library of America: 517 pp., $35
Part freak show, part sitcom, part mortal combat — ah, yes, behold the world of professional prizefighting, the face-break...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 8:27 PM
In one life, Chris Lancaster is a straightforward, churchgoing, career-driven young man. In another, Lancaster is a crook, involved in illegal business and unable to get his life in order.
Lancaster, 18, a senior at Marina High School in Huntington...
| Dec 18, 2010
Alvin Clarence Thomas, a.k.a. Titanic Thompson, was a gambler and golf hustler who died at age 82 on May 19, 1974, but whose outlaw career really flourished, as Kevin Cook records with breezy relish in his biography "Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on...
| Sep 5, 2010
America has long trafficked in the idea that so long as you have a sound mind, a strong work ethic and maybe a connection or two, the sky is the limit, and dreams can come true. Most of the time this idea is mythology, its metaphorical streets littered...
| Mar 16, 2011
| 8:03 PM
Waynesboro Area Senior High School will present "Guys and Dolls" Friday through Sunday as this year's all-school production.
Based on the "Idyll of Sarah Brown" by Damon Runyon and set in his mythical New York City, the plot showcases the characters...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 1:04 PM
In Connecticut Repertory Theatre's Summer Nutmeg Series production of Damon Runyon's classic Guys and Dolls, hustler Sky Masterson (Ken Clark) sings to Miss Sarah Brown (Sarah Schenkkan) of the Save-A-Soul Mission after placing a bet with Nathan Detroit...