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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HOLLYWOOD ENDING Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence As you might expect, there aren’t a whole lot of laughs in “Hollywood Ending,” Ken Auletta’s cradle-to-jail new biography of Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul convicted of third-degree rape and another sex felony in New York and awaiting trial on further charges in California. When Auletta calls Weinstein’s relationship with his brother Bob “Shakespeare-worthy,” he is placing the story squarely in the tragedy column of the ledger. But then the Broadway star Nathan Lane makes a brief appearance, like Puck cartwheeling onto the set of “Coriolanus.” The year was 2000, and Weinstein’s cultural capital was perhaps at its peak. He was still running Miramax, the prestigious studio that he and Bob had started in 1979, albeit now under Disney’s incongruous but lucrative oversight. He’d recently founded Talk magazine with the editor Tina Brown, then New York’s nimblest puppeteer of high and low culture. He was hobnobbing … [Read more...] about ‘Hollywood Ending,’ a Cradle-to-Jail Biography of Harvey Weinstein
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
This year, in a first, The Times’s staff book critics joined the Book Review’s editors in discussing and debating the titles that ended up in contention for our annual 10 best books list. But as readers inevitably do, they also cherished a more personal and idiosyncratic set of books, the ones that spoke to them on account of great characters or great writing, surprising information or heartfelt vulnerability or sheer entertainment value. Herewith, three of our critics discuss the books that have stayed with them throughout 2022. Dwight Garner Flann O’Brien, the Irish writer, hated one critics’ cliché in particular: “I could not put it down.” He proposed a book that, when warmed in a reader’s hands, would turn to nasty glue. You could remove it only slowly, by “taking a course of scalding hot baths.” Here are seven books I put down several times each in 2022, but most looked forward to picking back up again. They are, in other words, my favorites from this year. Fiction … [Read more...] about 2022 Reading Picks From Times Staff Critics
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
ALSO A POET Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me Children of the rich or famous are often said to be “born on third base.” Ada Calhoun, a Mets fan (with all the depth of feeling that implies), was caught in a rundown. Success would require some darting and weaving. Her father, Peter Schjeldahl, is a lapsed poet and longtime art critic for The New Yorker whose own father invented the airsickness bag; her mother, Brooke Alderson, a former comic and actress who appeared in “Urban Cowboy” and “Family Ties.” Long after the couple’s friends moved to the suburbs, Calhoun writes in her grand slam of a new memoir , “Also a Poet,” they remained in a top-floor walk-up apartment on the fabled, filthy street in Lower Manhattan whose history Calhoun documented in an earlier book, “ St. Marks Is Dead .” Now she is resurfacing material that Schjeldahl gathered years ago for a possible biography of the poet and curator Frank O’Hara, who died in 1966, at 40, after being run over by a dune buggy … [Read more...] about In ‘Also a Poet,’ a Search for Frank O’Hara and for Peace With Dad