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1995: The year the future began

PBS doc on OKC bombing signals anew the significance of 1995

PBS on Tuesday is to air an “American Experience” documentary about the deadliest episode of home-grown terrorism in U.S. history, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. The program revisits a … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

The ’90s: With us still

In ways metaphoric and real, the 1990s linger, offering reference points and context for contemporary events and personalities. A telling example came at Times Square on New Year’s Eve, when … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

When the U.S. stood still: Awaiting the O.J. verdicts in 1995

The watershed year 1995 produced two flashbulb events in America — moments so powerful and memorable that for years afterward people remembered where they were, and what they were doing, … Continue reading

October 2, 2016 · 4 Comments

Clinton-Lewinsky affair hovers over presidential campaign 21 years later

I was asked at the launch last year of my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began, whether the Clinton-Lewinsky sex-and-lies scandal would resurface during the 2016 presidential campaign. … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · 5 Comments

The O.J. Simpson case: Five readable books

The recent bouts of television-induced fascination with the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder case have eased, thankfully. But residual interest is keen enough that suggestions for reading in some depth about … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

ESPN’s O.J. doc: Less exceptional than its rave reviews

For a five-part documentary that lasted nearly 8 hours, ESPN’s much-hyped treatment of O.J. Simpson was often short on nuance and explanatory detail. The film in the end was far … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · 7 Comments

ESPN’s documentary about O.J. Simpson: A dissenting view

Amid the glowing, even fawning reviews of ESPN’s docu-series about O.J. Simpson, herewith is a dissenting view. The first of five installments of O.J.: Made in America aired last night, … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 6 Comments

Misportrayals and missing DNA: Closing observations about flawed O.J. miniseries

In its finale the other night, the popular FX cable miniseries about the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder case again played fast and loose with the record, putting dramatic words he … Continue reading

April 8, 2016 · 7 Comments

Beyond 1995: Accounting for the pop culture allure of the O.J. case

The week brought word that Martin Sheen plans to produce a docu-series claiming O.J. Simpson was innocent of the brutal slayings in 1994 of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · 5 Comments

Fascination with sideshow: How O.J. miniseries really mirrors the 1995 trial

The cable television miniseries about the 1995 O.J. Simpson double-murder trial has proven surprisingly popular, so much so that there’s been a good deal of interest in determining how closely … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 8 Comments

FX miniseries on 1995 O.J. case is crassly exploitative

Last night’s second installment leaves little doubt: The 10-part FX cable miniseries about the infamous, mid-1990s O.J. Simpson double-murder case is crassly exploitative. Why else revisit a case in which … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 12 Comments

The 1995 ‘Trial of the Century’ is back: But so what?

When the cable miniseries meets recent history, distortion is predictable. So it is with the FX network’s much-ballyhooed dramatization of the sensational O.J. Simpson double murder case, which was tried … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 4 Comments

Beyond impeachment: The penalties Bill Clinton paid

Call it the long reach of the 1990s. Or of 1995. It has been fascinating, and even a bit astonishing, that Bill Clinton’s sexual transgressions, which dogged and nearly destroyed … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 10 Comments

The crowded closing day of a watershed year

It is fitting that the watershed year of 1995 closed on such a crowded day. December 31, 1995, was a Sunday, and the publication date of the last original strip … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 1 Comment