Two U.S. veterans who volunteered to fight in Ukraine have gone missing, their families said on Wednesday. One man was named Alex Drueke, 39, a former U.S. Army staff sergeant who served two tours in Iraq, his family said in a statement. The other was named Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, a former Marine, Darla Black, the mother of Mr. Huynh’s fiancée, Joy Black, said in a phone interview. The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that it was “aware of unconfirmed reports of two U.S. citizens captured in Ukraine.” “We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with Ukrainian authorities,” a State Department spokesperson said. “Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.” Mr. Drueke and Mr. Huynh disappeared together when their platoon came under “heavy fire” on June 9, leading all its members to fall back except for the two of them, according to a statement sent by Mr. Drueke’s family. Reconnaissance by foot and drone did not turn up any sign of the … [Read more...] about Two U.S. veterans fighting in Ukraine have gone missing, family members say.
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SYNTHESIZING GRAVITY Selected Prose There’s something tricky about publishing a poet’s prose. It’s not that poets lack the native ability to write essays or reviews or memoirs — they’re generally as well equipped to do so as fiction writers, many of whom aren’t shy in entering unfamiliar arenas. But prose and poetry, although often portrayed as binary stars exerting equal force, are in fact more like a vast planet and its tiny, clinging moon. Most of humanity lives in the forests and cities of prose, but a poet spends her days amid frigid gray rocks with only the occasional company of other poets. The journey from this remote territory is long, and the change in customs is extreme, which is perhaps why so many books of “selected prose” by poets are loaded with mystical bombast — the kind of posturing you’d expect from people not really comfortable in a new terrain. It’s also the reason that when we pick up a poet’s prose, we expect it to tell us about that mysterious idiom, … [Read more...] about A Poet Traces Her Personal Obsessions, in Prose
Milton Gendel , an art critic who left Manhattan nearly 70 years ago for Rome, where he became an advocate for postwar Italian artists and a photographer of subjects as diverse as Sicilian peasants and British royalty, died on Oct. 11 at his home there. He was 99. His daughter Anna Mathias confirmed his death. A charming expatriate and tireless networker, Mr. Gendel became a significant part of Rome’s artistic world from the 1950s nearly until his death. In a series of spectacular apartments he rented over the decades, he hosted salons that brought together artists and other cultural personalities. And, as the Rome correspondent for ARTnews magazine, he became an indispensable voice who told the world about artists like Alberto Burri, Tancredi and Toti Scialoja. “His criticism was very prescient,” Peter Benson Miller, the Andrew Heiskell arts director of the American Academy in Rome, said in a telephone interview. “He explained what Italian art was all about for an … [Read more...] about Milton Gendel, 99, Dies; Art Critic and Photographer Took Root in Rome
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 NEW YORK (AP) — “Top Gun: Maverick,” 2022's biggest box-office hit, has been named the best film of the year by the National Board of Review. Though the National Board of Review, a long-running organization comprised of film enthusiasts and academics, has no overlap or correlation to other awards bodies, the win adds to the awards-season tailwinds for “Top Gun: Maverick” as not just a $1.5 billion worldwide smash but a legitimate Academy Awards contender. On Thursday, the Producers Guild Awards also announced that “Top Gun” star Tom Cruise will receive its David O. Selznick Achievement Award. The National Board of Review, which announced its picks Thursday, additionally awarded best cinematography to Claudio Miranda for the “Top Gun” sequel. Steven Spielberg was awarded best director for his autobiographical family portrait, “The … [Read more...] about ‘Top Gun’ named best film by National Board of Review
President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela said on Monday that two United States citizens were among 13 “terrorists” captured by the authorities in connection with what officials have called a failed plot to invade the country and topple his government. Reuters reported that in a state television address, Mr. Maduro showed what he said were the passports and other identification cards of Airan Berry and Luke Denman, whom he described as employees of Silvercorp, a Florida-based security company whose owner has claimed responsibility for the failed incursion on Sunday . The Silvercorp owner, Jordan Goudreau, a retired Green Beret, and a retired Venezuelan army captain, Javier Nieto, said in a video posted on social media that “Operation Gedeon” had been successfully launched “deep into the heart of Caracas.” They added that other armed cells had been activated throughout the country. There was no evidence of fighting in Caracas or elsewhere in Venezuela after the reported incursion, … [Read more...] about Venezuela Claims 2 Americans Were Captured in Failed Invasion
By Ali Slagle , The New York Times A survival kit for the holiday season should include a Rolodex of appetizers that can be thrown together quickly or made ahead — ideally both. Gougères and oysters Rockefeller don’t fit that criteria, but these fun and festive snacks do. They’re the types of no-recipe recipes that are more about shopping and assembling than precise measuring, so they’re just what you need whether you’re throwing a last-minute get-together or too busy to cook for the party that’s been on your calendar for months. Dips and spreads provide fresh and creamy richness to (store-bought) accouterments; party mixes offer crunch by the palmful; bite-size appetizers deliver single-handedly; boards and bowls give guests endless options for grazing; and chips and crackers bring from-scratch flavors. Pick one or two from each category, aiming for a happy balance of textures and flavors. For gathering the whole family, rewatching “Elf” with your cat and every special … [Read more...] about 54 easy party snacks to make this holiday season