May 18, 2008 In the 1950s, the man who loved Lucy helped introduce mainstream America to a slice of Latin culture. He was based on Desi Arnaz — yet Arnaz was hardly just playing himself. Felix Contreras has a musical portrait of the fictional Cuban-American bandleader.
April 7, 2008 Nearly 40 years ago, funny, smart, neurotic Alexander Portnoy burst onto the public stage. Philip Roth's fictional hero was racked by guilt — promoted by an over-protective, self-sacrificing mother and by an obsession with, er, loving himself too much.