- The Washington Times - Monday, February 21, 2000

Little kid, big star

"The best advice my dad ever gave me is that acting is believing. Acting is not acting. It isn't putting on a face and dancing around in a mask. It's believing that you are that character and playing him as if it were a normal day in the life of that character… .
"I want to be treated like a normal kid, like I was before 'The Sixth Sense.' …
"I always wanted to work with a big star like Bruce Willis. When I got to the set, he was a much better person than I ever expected. He was easy to get along with, which was important because I had to trust him in the film… .
"I try to keep away from being bigheaded. That's what causes people to lose the acting thing. They start being commercial, and then they stink the rest of their life… .
"Things can happen when you lose the art. I try to steer away from doing something that's just commercial instead of sticking to a good script."
Haley Joel Osment, 11, interviewed by Ross Johnson in the March issue of Esquire

Life in the fast lane

"It takes years to master any language (and music is the most universal of all languages) under ideal circumstances great teaching, talented students, masterworks by master composers, a deep and abiding love of music, a beautiful instrument, and a daily ritual of practice. It is extremely rare that all the above exist. More likely, it is good fortune if just a couple of these conditions are in place. The point is that musicians develop their artistry (and everyone has seeds of artistry) over time, not overnight.
"I have accepted the fact that piano students today travel in the fast lane, zap their food in the microwave, race from one activity to the next every afternoon and speak in sentence fragments to save time. 'Whatever,' 'who knows,' 'no problem' and '24-7' are the current comments I hear daily. Where does quick study of music fit into this picture?
"These students don't have lives they have schedules. And the study of a musical instrument is needed now more than ever. The fact that the kind of surgical skill needed to control a musical instrument is the opposite of instant pastry is a reminder to slow down and live in music."
Piano teacher Suzanne Guy, writing on "Instant Music for Overcommitted, Underrehearsed Students," in the American Harp Society Teacher's Forum

Millennial hype

"Suffering through any of the television millennial coverage was enough to make one long for a return to the Dark Ages. Each of the networks outdid the other in pretentiousness, as if hyping their own self-importance as chroniclers of the event… .
"It was a toss-up as to which was worse. But if a prize had to be given the winner, it would be ABC, which touted its programming as "the biggest live global event in television history!" and stayed on 24 hours, beginning on the early morning of December 31… .
"Throughout the day, viewers were treated to an endless stream of politically correct banality, highlighted by an on-the-spot piece of pro-Castro propaganda by Cynthia McFadden that might have been penned by Fidel himself. For comic relief, it was hard to top the treacly interview between Cokie Roberts and her mother, Lindy Boggs, who now serves as ambassador to the Holy See… . Their embarrassing and instantly forgettable exchange was, so to speak, the theological high point of ABC's coverage.
"If you had just arrived from Mars and wondered what the fuss was all about, you would have been hard pressed to figure out why the arrival of the third millennium … had any religious significance at all."
Michael M. Uhlmann, writing on "Is It Finally Over?" in the February issue of Crisis

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