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Don Rickles, the bullet-headed comedian and actor whose pioneering brand of insult comedy earned him the nickname “Mr. Warmth,” is dead at 90.
Rickles died Thursday morning, April 6th at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, according to his publicist. He would have turned 91 on May 8.
Bald and squat, Rickles would pace the stages of night clubs and late night talk shows seeking out “victims” in the audience, riffing on their weight, their ethnicity and their dress, usually pulling back from the edge of causing any real offense by offering a wide smile and an intentionally unctuous declaration of universal fraternity. His targets included fellow comedian Jerry Lewis (“You annoy me”), Frank Sinatra (“Make yourself comfortable, Frank — hit
Amit Shimoni has done the impossible. This Israeli designer-illustrator is making people smile when they see politicians.
Shimoni, 29, is the artist behind Hipstory, an illustrated series that depicts world leaders as hipsters and fashionistas — from Hillary Clinton to Theodor Herzl, Barack Obama to George Washington, David Ben-Gurion to Angela Merkel, Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela to Mao Zedong.
Formal suits and ties are replaced with tank tops, denim, studded vests and
Ever since Michael Kagan, 60, was a boy growing up in the U.K., each detail of his father’s escape from a Nazi labor camp has ricocheted through his mind and heart. Now, in his new documentary “Tunnel of Hope,” the son is sharing his father’s story with the world.
It’s a story that Jack Kagan had fought to keep alive, recording not only the escape, but the murders of the vast majority of the Jews of Novogrudok—a city in Belarus—who were dead long before that fateful night.
From H.G. Wells and Lenin, W. E. B. Du Bois and Mao, Sartre and Stalin to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Castro, tyrants capture the leftist intellectual imagination more than anything else. Remaking the world in accord with abstract theories is the great project of the left and who better to accomplish that task while disregarding laws, individual resistance and human nature than a ruthless tyrant?
The intellectuals of the left believe in the absolute necessity of radical change. As Churchill
The signature foods of Passover will be celebrated in a display of four rare Hebrew manuscripts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning April 10. For three months, the Farissol Haggadah, Graziano Haggadah, and Gallico Siddur will be on view at The Met Fifth Avenue, while the Prato Haggadah will be shown at The Met Cloisters. Ranging in date from 1300 to 1515, these four illuminated books offer a glimpse of the Passover tables of medieval and Renaissance Jews in Spain and Italy. Each