Journalist Bob Simon Dies in Car Crash

The Forum is deeply saddened by the news that Bob Simon, one of the most accomplished journalists in American history, died yesterday in a car crash on the West Side Highway. Simon was a longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent and covered virtually every major foreign story in the last three decades. His contribution to the journalist profession cannot be overstated. He was 73. Simon was a winner of 27 Emmy Awards and four Peabody Awards for his reporting on such stories as “The King of Sushi,” on the over-fishing of bluefin tuna; “Curveball,” the investigation of the Iraqi defector who provided the faulty testimony that eventually led America to war; “The Oil Sands” (2006), about extracting petroleum from Canada’s sand pits; “The Sea Gypsies” (2005), a report on the island-dwelling Moken peoples of Southeast Asia; and “Aftershock” (2005), about paramedics saving lives after an earthquake in Pakistan. Other winners broadcast on the Sunday


Richard Price Releasing New Novel Under Pseudonym

Novelist and screenwriter Richard Price is featured in the New York Times today, as he will be releasing a new novel under the pseudonym “Harry Brandt.” Price has become a prolific contemporary writer of crime fiction, having penned the novel “Clockers” (and its screenplay adaptation), “Lush Life,” as well as a number of episodes for the groundbreaking HBO series “The Wire.” The Times profile discusses his latest work, “The Whites,” which he chose to write under a pseudonym “to inoculate himself against literary critics who might sneer at him for writing a slicker, more commercial book.” Richard Price was also a guest of the Forum, having visited us for the 2012 Forum Film Festival for a post screening discussion of  Clockers. See a clip from the festival below (Price begins at 5:30):


Harper Lee to Publish Second Novel (Updated)

Update (Feb 9): Forum Director Thane Rosenbaum is featured in Slate today, discussing the legacy Atticus Finch has had on American legal education. The essay, titled “Atticus Finch is My Law Students’ Hero,” discusses the importance of Atticus Finch as a paragon of legal ethics—as much a role model for today’s profession as for lawyers of previous generations: Atticus is the antithesis of the hired gun. (Although in the novel he is portrayed, surprisingly, as quite a shot.) He practices law alone, with only one three-piece seersucker suit. His clients generally remain in his debt, and he is surely not out for a fast buck. He can accept incremental advances in the law as victories, and he doesn’t insist on scorching the earth. He never screams at a clerk or intimidates a witness. He is reverent about the truth. Atticus Finch wouldn’t be caught dead defending O.J. Simpson. Read the full essay