Dominick Dunne

September 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm (books, In memoriam, Magazines and newspapers)

I was on my way out of town last week when I learned of the passing of Dominick Dunne. Dunne’s crime reporting was terrific. During the 1995  O.J Simpson trial, his dispatches in Vanity Fair were the only thing I read on the subject.

Dunne wrote both fiction and nonfiction. Here is Amazon’s Dominick Dunne page.

Lately, Dunne has been hosting a program on Tru TV entitled Power, Privilege, and Justice. Here is Tru TV’s tribute.

In 1982, Dominick Dunne and his wife Ellen suffered a terrible tragedy: their daughter Dominique, a budding actress (she appears in the film Poltergeist), was murdered by a rejected, obsessed boyfriend. In “Justice: a father’s account of the trial of his daughter’s killer,” Dunne tells the story of Dominique’s death and its excruciating aftermath. This essay, by turns angry and almost unbearably sad, appears in Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments. This collection is as good a place as any in which to sample Dunne’s distinctive work.  In the best tradition of true crime writing, he knew how to tell a story.

Dominick Dunne was the brother of novelist and screenwriter John Gregory Dunne and the brother-in-law of Joan Didion, author of The Year of Magical Thinking.

Dominick Dunne: October 29, 1925 - August 26, 2009

Dominick Dunne: October 29, 1925 - August 26, 2009

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Erich Kunzel

September 2, 2009 at 6:07 pm (In memoriam, Music)

Today, the Washington Post notes the passing of conductor Erich Kunzel. Kunzel was the music director of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra from the time it was founded in 1977.

Round-Up_Cover In 1990, Erich Kunzel and the Telarc label scored a huge hit with Round-up, a compilation of classic film scores by the likes of Elmer Bernstein(The Magnificent Seven), Alfred Newman (How the West Was Won), Franz Waxman (The Furies Suite), Jerome Moross (Big Country), and Dmitri Tiompkin (Gunfight at the OK Corral and High Noon, with the latter featuring Frankie Laine singing “Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling.”) . On Round-Up, the saga of the American West seems to come brilliantly to life. In addition, the recording itself is of demonstration caliber.

Here, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops play The Magnificent Seven:

Up until quite recently, Howard County Library owned Round-Up. At this point in time, however, it appears to have dropped out of the catalog. Fortunately, Amazon still has an active listing for it; I have requested that  the library re-purchase this peerless product.

Erich Kunzel   March 21, 1935 - September 1, 1990

Erich Kunzel: March 21, 1935 - September 1, 1990

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I knew that some day soon I would wake up to this news…

August 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm (Current affairs, In memoriam)

Nevertheless, the news of Ted Kennedy’s passing came as a jolt.

For some of us who came of age in the 60’s, it feels like the end of an era.

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy:  February 22, 1922 - August 25, 2009

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy: February 22, 1932 - August 25, 2009

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Frank McCourt

July 20, 2009 at 1:11 am (books, In memoriam)

We have lost a true original. Many of us in the Columbia area had the privilege of hearing Frank McCourt speak this past February. He was wonderful.

I’ll never forget listening, with my husband, to Angela’s Ashes, read by McCourt himself. We were on a car trip, and at one point – I think it was the bit about the false teeth – we nearly had to pull over, we were both laughing so hard…

Here is a gracious tribute by Lourdes of Lost in Books.

Francis "Frank" McCourt  August 19, 1930 - July 19, 2009

Francis "Frank" McCourt: August 19, 1930 - July 19, 2009

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