Photos of Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham are starting to show up from the set of ‘The Papers,’ the timely topic of ecocide, and more in today’s Daily Blunt.
In an era when the freedom and credibility of the press are increasingly under attack, everyone could stand to learn more about Katherine Graham, who presided over the public release of what are now known as The Pentagon Papers, helping to turn the tide of public opinion on the Vietnam War. Graham will be one of the subjects of the upcoming film “The Papers,” and as these new photos show us, Meryl Streep has embodied the publisher completely. Asked for her reaction, Graham’s granddaughter Katharine Weymouth commented: “I think my grandmother would be incredibly flattered that Meryl Streep was playing her. Who wouldn’t be?” Amen to that.
“We were a cheerful cargo. Cocky. Full of jokes. I remember laughing a lot.” This quote from an interview in The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II, which was recently translated to English, epitomizes the spirit of the million women who served in the Soviet army. If the stories contained in this excerpt are any indication of what awaits in the book, we’re going to end up staying awake all night just to finish it.
The now-obscure poetry of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) provides an unlikely window into the forthcoming eco-pocalypse in a mesmerizing long form essay in the High Country News entitled “So What If We’re All Doomed?” Author Brian Calvert’s assessment of global affairs while on a retreat in the Pyrenees for those experiencing “grief in the age of ecocide” is one shared by nature lovers worldwide, whether they’re reading these words from a desk or their own front porch: “I stood transfixed in the darkness, watching the storm and grinning like a lunatic, a tiny living part of a beautiful, heartbreaking world. ”
Like it or not, we are in the midst of a second arts revolution — or so asserts the Chicago Tribune, with a lengthy treatise on the end of arts institutions (and critics) as we know them, and why we all need to stop panicking about it and just get with the program. “Is all this good for America?” Chris Jones writes, preempting your answer with, “It’s not really a relevant question; it’s happening anyway.” If you want to know how to join the revolution, all you have to do is watch what the people born a generation or so behind you are doing: “The young understand what is going on better than the old.” As older arts patrons, we’ve taught them all we can — now it’s time to learn from them.