The Wild (novel)
The Wild is a fantasy novel by American ufologist and horror fiction writer Whitley Strieber, first published in 1991. It tells the story of Bob Duke, a failed poet-turned-worker at Sculley-era Apple Computer's New York City branch who can pay the bills for his wife and 12-year-old son. However, as his grasp on his family's finances slips by the day, he begins to lose his physical composition turning into a wolf. Soon, his wife and therapist all are drawn into his predicament as he seeks to come to terms with what he has become without losing his still-human mind, or his family. Fansite for The Wild
Billy is a 1990 novel by Whitley Strieber. The novel tells the story of the terror of his experience. Barton Royal is an overweight man in his 40s, obsessed with boys, he lives in Los Angeles but travels out of state to find and abduct a suitable young boy so he can be his "father". When he spots 12-year-old Billy Neary in an Iowa shopping mall, he follows the boy home, abducts him late that night, drives back to California with Billy strapped into the back of his Aerostar minivan; the narrative includes glimpses of Barton's miserable childhood the physical and sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his father and his recollections of what he has done to other boys before Billy. Billy tries to escape and manages to make a few telephone calls, both on the road to and from Barton's home. Barton's behaviour switches between extreme violence and interludes of self-delusion. Billy finds his way into Barton's dungeon, his "black room", discovers the remains of many other young boys. Billy’s father beats the police to Billy's location, just preventing Barton from torturing and killing him.
Critical reception for Billy was positive, with the Atlanta Journal and Chicago Sun-Times praising the novel. Entertainment Weekly gave an ambivalent review, rating it a "C" and stating that "For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they will like"; the Dallas Morning News called the book "chillingly real", Newsday stated that Barton was "the most repulsive villain to appear in a popular novel in a long time". The Sun Sentinel praised Billy, citing the book's realism as a highlight. Pedophilia
Warday is a novel by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka, first published in 1984. It is a fictional account of the authors travelling across the U. S. five years after a limited nuclear attack in order to assess how the nation has changed after the war. The novel takes the form of a first-person narrative research article and includes government documents, interviews with survivors and aid workers, present-tense narration. Strieber is in New York City in October 1988, he experiences the initial blast while riding a bus, witnesses the flooding of the subway system by a tsunami in the wake of a nuclear detonation at sea. Strieber is reunited with his family at his son's school and shelters there, but experiences radiation sickness. Upon his recovery, he and his family leave New York for San Antonio which they soon discover was destroyed as well, they settle in Dallas, where he becomes a news reporter for the Dallas Times Herald. Five years Strieber and Kunetka decide to document the effects of Warday on the United States.
They visit the new nation-state of Aztlan in the former American Southwest, conduct interviews with its foreign minister and citizens. They conduct interviews while trying to evade the omnipresent police in Los Angeles, California. California, physically not touched by the attack, has become a self-governing, police state which treats outsiders as "illegal immigrants." In San Francisco they reunite with an old friend of Strieber's, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, but are captured and sentenced to years of hard labor in prison. En route to prison they escape by train and continue their interviews across the Midwest, taking refuge periodically from the radioactive dust storms now ubiquitous in the dustbowl conditions of the Midwest. After visiting Chicago, they continue east into Pennsylvania and into what remains of New York City, where Strieber, overcome with emotion, returns to his old apartment in the dangerous ruins of Manhattan; the book ends with Kunetka back in Texas facing an uncertain future. The former Undersecretary of Defense tells Strieber that the United States was deploying Spiderweb, an advanced anti-ballistic missile system which could use an orbiting particle beam to destroy both land and submarine launched missiles.
To prevent its deployment, the Soviets destroyed the Space Shuttle Enterprise with a hunter-killer satellite. The Soviets detonated a set of six large nuclear warheads in space above the United States, causing a massive electromagnetic pulse that crippled electronics across the country; the Soviets launched a limited first strike using satellites to deploy their warheads. In response, the U. S. President, aboard Boeing E-4 NEACP, authorized a counterattack, destroying Moscow, Leningrad and the capitals of the Soviet Republics. Shortly afterwards, the NEACP, crippled by the electromagnetic pulse, crash-landed in North Carolina, killing the President but leaving other survivors including the Under Secretary; the "limited attack" by the Soviets destroyed Washington, D. C. San Antonio, most of Long Island, ICBM missile fields and major air bases in North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, killing about 7 million people; the subsequent firestorms and fallout destroyed most of Brooklyn, Queens and most of Southwest Texas.
The Soviet Navy launched nuclear attacks that destroyed about 90% of the United States Navy. Manhattan and the remaining undamaged boroughs are evacuated, cordoned off, fall into ruin, without water, electrical, or transit systems. Water in New Jersey is contaminated by runoff from damaged petrochemical industries. Philadelphia and Houston are evacuated because of heavy fallout from the D. C. and San Antonio bombings. Radioactive dusting of the Midwest and Central Plains causes a famine. Less than a year after the war, a new strain of influenza known as the Cincinnati Flu reached epidemic levels, killing 21 million throughout the United States and millions more worldwide; the remaining US citizens remain in danger from radiation poisoning and from a new incurable disease of unknown origin, Non-Specific Sclerosing Disease. Soon there is no longer a single United States; the now nearly powerless Federal Government is re-established in Los Angeles. Having suffered no direct attacks or fallout, California has recovered from the EMP to a prewar standard of living, with heavy Japanese and British investment and influence.
Fearful that millions of refugees from the rest of the U. S. would deluge the state and damage its enviable standard of living prosperity, California closed off its borders, suspended habeas corpus, became overtly authoritarian in both outlook and operation. Suspected illegal immigrants are imprisoned or deported, or executed. Other regions, such as the Pacific Northwest and the Deep South that escaped the worst of Warday, have adopted similar but less draconian measures. While hosting the President and remnants of the Federal Government, California in practice is a sovereign nation, hosting de facto embassies of the world's surviving powers in Sacramento. A new Hispanic/Native American nation named, its government claims all of the area from West Texas to the California border up to Nevada, has forcibly expelled all white residents, has set up a libertarian socialist country that grants total autonomy to the Native American tribes within its borders. It welcomes Mexican immigrants, announces plan
Burning Down the House (film)
Burning Down the House is a 2001 film directed by Philippe Mora. It was written by Michael Cole Dinelli, it was released direct-to-video in the United States. Unable to find funding for his next film, a Hollywood director burns down his house for the insurance money. John Savage as Jake Seiling James Wilder as Arnie Green Joanne Baron as Brenda Goodman Ceasar Cavaricci as Ray William Atherton as Arthur Kranston Mick Fleetwood as Bartender C. Thomas Howell as Concierge Robert Koehler of Variety wrote that Mora and the cast "appear clueless from first frame to last". Burning Down the House on IMDb
Frances Hussey Sternhagen is an American actress. Sternhagen has appeared On- and Off-Broadway, in movies, on TV since the 1950s. Sternhagen was born in Washington, D. C. the daughter of John M. Sternhagen, a U. S. Tax Court judge, Gertrude. Sternhagen was educated at the Potomac schools in McLean, Virginia. At Vassar College she was elected head of the Drama Club "after silencing a giggling college crowd at a campus dining hall with her interpretation of a scene from Richard II, playing none other than Richard himself", she studied at the Perry Mansfield School of the Theatre, New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse. Sternhagen started her career teaching acting and dancing to school children at Milton Academy in Massachusetts, she herself first performed in 1948 at a Bryn Mawr summer theater in The Glass Menagerie and Angel Street, she went on to work at Washington's Arena Stage from 1953–54 made her Broadway debut in 1955 as Miss T. Muse in The Skin of Our Teeth; the same year she had her Off-Broadway debut in "Thieves' Carnival" and her TV debut in "The Great Bank Robbery" on "Omnibus".
By the following year, she had won an off-Broadway Obie Award for "Distinguished Performance" in The Admirable Bashville. She has won two Tony awards, for "Best Supporting Actress": in 1974 for the original Broadway production of Neil Simon's The Good Doctor based on Chekhov stories, she has been nominated for Tony awards five other times, including for her roles in the original Broadway casts of Equus and On Golden Pond, both made into Oscar-nominated movies with other actresses, as well as for Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, the musical Angel, based on Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward and the 2002 revival of Paul Osborne's Morning's at Seven. Her best-known Off-Broadway role was her feisty portrayal of the title character in 1988's Pulitzer prize-winning drama Driving Miss Daisy, originated by Dana Ivey at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Sternhagen took over the role after the show moved to the John Houseman Theatre and played it for more than two years. Off-Broadway awards include two nominations for the Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Actress in a Play" in 1998, for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night at the Irish Repertory Theatre and in 2005, for the World War I drama Echoes of the War.
She won Distinguished Performance Obie Awards for The Room and A Slight Ache. In 1998 she won the Dramatists Guild Fund's Madge Evans & Sidney Kingsley Award for Excellence in Theater. Sternhagen appeared as The Daughter in the original Broadway production of Edward Albee's All Over in 1971 with Colleen Dewhurst and Jessica Tandy. In the summer of 2005, she starred in the Broadway production of Steel Magnolias along with Marsha Mason, Delta Burke, Christine Ebersole, Lily Rabe, Rebecca Gayheart, she starred in the 2005 revival of Edward Albee's Seascape, produced by Lincoln Center Theater at the Booth Theater on Broadway. In 2013, Sternhagen won the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. Sternhagen made her film debut in 1967's New York City high school drama Up the Down Staircase, which starred Sandy Dennis, she has worked periodically in Hollywood since then. She had character roles in the 1971 Paddy Chayefsky's The Hospital, in Two People and in Billy Wilder's Fedora, she appeared in Starting Over.
She played Farrah Fawcett's mother in See You in the Morning, Richard Farnsworth's wife in Misery, Lillian in Doc Hollywood and John Lithgow's psychiatrist in Raising Cain. Sternhagen starred in Frank Darabont's 2007 science fiction horror film The Mist, she appeared in the family film Dolphin Tale. She may be best known to TV audiences as Esther Clavin, mother of John Ratzenberger's Boston postman character Cliff Clavin, on the long-running series Cheers for which she received two Emmy Award nominations, she played Millicent Carter on ER, Bunny MacDougal, mother of Trey, Charlotte's first husband on Sex and the City and in Law & Order, among other network dramas and sitcoms, worked for many years in soap operas such as Another World, The Secret Storm and Love of Life. She played two roles on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, she recorded a voiceover for a May 2002 episode of The Simpsons. In summer 2006, she finished her 24th Broadway role guest-starred on TV's The Closer, playing Willie Rae Johnson, the mother of Brenda Leigh Johnson, the lead character.
Sternhagen appeared in twelve episodes of The Closer, no longer in production. She is recognized as "Mrs. Marsh" from a series of television commercials for Colgate toothpaste that aired in the 1970s, she read as the title character in the Stephen King novel Dolores Claiborne in a 1995 audiobook recording. She voiced characters in 13 episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater in the 1970s and 1980s. Sternhagen met her husband and drama teacher Thomas Carlin, at The Catholic University of America, they had six children – Paul, Tony, Sarah and John – several of whom are professional actors and musicians. Sternhagen is a longtime resident of New Rochelle, New York, where she lives in the Sutton Manor historic district and is honored on the community's "Walk of Fam
Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance: a play, mime, etc, performed in a theatre, or on radio or television. Considered as a genre of poetry in general, the dramatic mode has been contrasted with the epic and the lyrical modes since Aristotle's Poetics —the earliest work of dramatic theory; the term "drama" comes from a Greek word meaning "action", derived from "I do". The two masks associated with drama represent the traditional generic division between comedy and tragedy. In English, the word "play" or "game" was the standard term used to describe drama until William Shakespeare's time—just as its creator was a "play-maker" rather than a "dramatist" and the building was a "play-house" rather than a "theatre"; the use of "drama" in a more narrow sense to designate a specific type of play dates from the modern era. "Drama" in this sense refers to a play, neither a comedy nor a tragedy—for example, Zola's Thérèse Raquin or Chekhov's Ivanov. It is this narrower sense that the film and television industries, along with film studies, adopted to describe "drama" as a genre within their respective media.
"Radio drama" has been used in both senses—originally transmitted in a live performance, it has been used to describe the more high-brow and serious end of the dramatic output of radio. The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience, presupposes collaborative modes of production and a collective form of reception; the structure of dramatic texts, unlike other forms of literature, is directly influenced by this collaborative production and collective reception. Mime is a form of drama. Drama can be combined with music: the dramatic text in opera is sung throughout. Musicals include songs. Closet drama describes a form, intended to be read, rather than performed. In improvisation, the drama does not pre-exist the moment of performance. Western drama originates in classical Greece; the theatrical culture of the city-state of Athens produced three genres of drama: tragedy and the satyr play. Their origins remain obscure, though by the 5th century BC they were institutionalised in competitions held as part of festivities celebrating the god Dionysus.
Historians know the names of many ancient Greek dramatists, not least Thespis, credited with the innovation of an actor who speaks and impersonates a character, while interacting with the chorus and its leader, who were a traditional part of the performance of non-dramatic poetry. Only a small fraction of the work of five dramatists, has survived to this day: we have a small number of complete texts by the tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides, the comic writers Aristophanes and, from the late 4th century, Menander. Aeschylus' historical tragedy The Persians is the oldest surviving drama, although when it won first prize at the City Dionysia competition in 472 BC, he had been writing plays for more than 25 years; the competition for tragedies may have begun as early as 534 BC. Tragic dramatists were required to present a tetralogy of plays, which consisted of three tragedies and one satyr play. Comedy was recognized with a prize in the competition from 487 to 486 BC. Five comic dramatists competed at the City Dionysia.
Ancient Greek comedy is traditionally divided between "old comedy", "middle comedy" and "new comedy". Following the expansion of the Roman Republic into several Greek territories between 270–240 BC, Rome encountered Greek drama. From the years of the republic and by means of the Roman Empire, theatre spread west across Europe, around the Mediterranean and reached England. While Greek drama continued to be performed throughout the Roman period, the year 240 BC marks the beginning of regular Roman drama. From the beginning of the empire, interest in full-length drama declined in favour of a broader variety of theatrical entertainments; the first important works of Roman literature were the tragedies and comedies that Livius Andronicus wrote from 240 BC. Five years Gnaeus Naevius began to write drama. No plays from either writer have survived. While both dramatists composed in both genres, Andronicus was most appreciated for his tragedies and Naevius for his comedies. By the beginning of the 2nd century BC, drama was established in Rome and a guild of writers had been formed.
The Roman comedies that have survived are all fabula palliata (comedies b
Oingo Boingo was an American new wave band, formed by songwriter Danny Elfman in 1979. Oingo Boingo emerged from a surrealist performance art theatrical troupe, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, founded in 1972 and led by Danny Elfman's brother Richard Elfman. Oingo Boingo were known for their high energy live concerts and experimental music, which can be described as mixing rock, ska and world music; this eclectic mix of styles would influence bands as varied as Fishbone, Nirvana and Mr. Bungle; the band's body of work spanned 17 years, with various line-up changes. Their widest-known hits include "Only A Lad", "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science"; as a rock band, Oingo Boingo started as a ska and punk-influenced new wave octet, achieving significant popularity in Southern California. During the mid-1980s, the band changed line-ups and adopted a more pop style, until a significant genre change to alternative rock in 1994. At that point, the name was shortened to Boingo and the keyboardist and horn section were dropped.
The band retired after a farewell concert on Halloween 1995, for which it reverted to the name Oingo Boingo and readopted the horn section. The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, formed in late 1972 by Richard Elfman, was a musical theater troupe in the tradition of Spike Jones and Frank Zappa, performing an eclectic repertoire ranging from Cab Calloway covers to instrumentals in the style of Balinese gamelan and Russian ballet music; the name was inspired by a fictional secret society on the Amos'n' Andy TV series called The Mystic Knights of the Sea. Most of the members performed in whiteface and clown makeup, a typical show contained music ranging from the 1890s to the 1950s, in addition to original material; this version of the band employed as many as 15 musicians at any given time, playing over 30 instruments, including some instruments built by band members. While this Richard Elfman-led incarnation of the group performed live, it did not issue any recordings; as Richard Elfman's interest shifted to filmmaking, he passed leadership of the band to younger brother Danny Elfman, who had returned from spending time in Africa playing violin and studying percussion instruments.
They gained a following in Los Angeles, appeared as contestants on The Gong Show in 1976, winning the episode they appeared on with 24 points out of a possible 30. The Gong Show presentation included a purple dragon and a gaseous rocket-man. In 1976, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo released a doo-wop styled novelty single about kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst entitled "You Got Your Baby Back". Both this track and the B-side "Ballad of the Caveman" were sung by Danny Elfman; the band featured in the 1976 Martin Brest film Hot Tomorrows performing the songs St. James Infirmary and 42nd Street, they appeared as extras in hallucinatory sequences in the 1977 movie I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. When the group began to move away from its cabaret style towards a more pop/rock format, Richard Elfman made a film based on the band's stage performance, Forbidden Zone, released in 1980 and filmed in black and white with a cast made up of band members and friends. In one scene, Danny, as Satan, sings a version of Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher" with modified lyrics integrated into the plot of the film.
In another, Richard sings the 1920s novelty song "The Yiddishe Charleston". The movie attained cult status and provided a springboard for the film and music careers of Richard and Danny. Various reasons were given for the band's transformation from musical theater troupe to rock band, they included cutting costs, increasing mobility, exploring new musical directions such as Danny's interest in ska and a desire to focus on the music rather than theatrics. The shift was inspired by Danny reconnecting with pop music after becoming a fan of the 2 Tone ska revival bands, the Specials, the Selecter, XTC. For some early gigs, the band used the shortened name The Mystic Knights; the name Oingo Boingo was settled in 1979, at which point their early song "I'm Afraid" appeared on the Rhino Records Los Angeles rock and new wave'up and coming' compilation, L. A. In; that same year, the band issued a limited print promo-only EP record, the Demo EP, intended for distribution to radio stations and recording industry A&R representatives, to help land a contract.
The effort paid off as the record caught the attention of I. R. S. Records, who released a revised version of the EP in 1980; the band had now coalesced as an octet: Danny Elfman on rhythm guitar. Early success for the group came in 1980 with the song "Only a Lad" from the eponymous EP; the song aired in Los Angeles on KROQ-FM and complemented the station's then-unusual new wave format. Following regional success of "Only a Lad", the group released its first full-length album in 1981 titled Only a Lad. Oingo Boingo appeared in the 1981 film Longshot, performing their unreleased song "I've Got to Be Entertained"; the band, recording for A&M Records, released albums in 1982 and 1983. Although their sound was termed as new wave and compared to bands such as Devo and Wall of Voodoo, Oingo Boingo defied easy categorization, their use of exotic percussion, a three-piece horn section, unconventional scales and harmony, surreal imagery became a gen