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A Sharper Focus On Hollywood And WWII

22 April 2014 11:31 PM, PDT

Book review: Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris (The Penguin Press) If you’ve read biographies and memoirs of Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens, and William Wyler, or seen documentaries about their storied careers, you may feel you already know about their sojourn making films for the Armed Forces during World War II. It turns out there is more to their experience than you might realize, part of a multilayered tale of Hollywood’s relationship with the U.S. government. Mark Harris, author of the essential book Pictures at a Revolution, has dug into primary (and private) source material to divulge the full story as no one...

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A Shaky Matter

21 April 2014 10:48 AM, PDT

People have begun to notice that my left hand is shaking. Out of pride, or stubbornness, I’ve tried to hide it, but I now realize that this was foolish. It all began about a year ago when my left thumb started twitching, and it progressed from there. It’s upsetting to lose control of your body, but the good news is that I don’t have Parkinson’s disease. My neurologist calls it a “benign tremor.” It doesn’t hurt or even affect my ability to type; it’s just frustrating, all the more so because my doctor can’t identify the cause. There isn’t much to be done about it. I tried one medication that helped, at first, and then stopped working (except for some unfortunate side effects—like...

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