This collection of short stories touches on the personal relationships of people on the verge of anguish and catastrophe. Ross' style is stripped-down and blunt. In the opening story, an unemployed man is trying to mentor a young neighbor while going through the interview process for a new job. Both end horrifically. In another story, college friends attempt to one-up each other with stunts that only college-aged boys would consider. The lives of two brothers collide dramatically as they try to cope with the death of their parents and attempt to reconcile their differences. These are just three of the provocative stories in this collection.
Michael Jackson, while once known as the most famous pop star on the planet, was also quite possibly the most eccentric and mysterious one. He had a pet chimp named Bubbles; there were leaked tabloid photos of him sleeping in an oxygen chamber; his children were rarely seen in public without a mask or disguise; his own appearance was greatly distorted over the years from numerous plastic surgeries and skin lightening treatments; he did not want to go grow up, often choosing child companions over adult ones and even naming his California ranch after J.M. Barrie's fictionalized Neverland. The list of unusual behavior is almost too great to list. But who was the real Michael Jackson?
Directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, "Rio Bravo" illustrates why Wayne became an American icon. The intense plot is galvanized by the excellent cast and sharp dialog. Wayne's character, Chance, arrests Joe Burdette, the spoiled brother of a rich cattle baron, Nathan. Nathan threatens trouble. A test of wills begins while they wait for the U.S. Marshall. Chance's allies are questionable. Dude, played by Dean Martin, is a drunk and Stumpy, played by Walter Brennan, has a game leg.