- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2003

The encouragement and support of individual collectors give added impetus and inspiration to artists. Such collectors were Robert and Helen Cargo, who often visited black quilters in Alabama and bought their wares. The Textile Museum currently features 20 examples from their outstanding collection in its exhibit African-American Quilts from the Robert & Helen Cargo Collection. The designs of these stitched fabrics are highly individualistic and reflect the distinct personalities of their makers, whether created with plaids, denims, flannels, twills or even feed sacks. At the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free, with suggested $5 donation. 202/667-0441.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Shattered Glass, which recalls the Stephen Glass scandal at the New Republic in the spring of 1998, is admirably lucid, witty and methodical about contrasting the faces of trust and deception. Ultimately, the movie is defined by a duel of faces and temperaments. The treacherous side is represented by a boyish and calculating Hayden Christensen as 24-year-old Glass, who built a promising career at the magazine on ingenuous personality traits and playfully fabricated stories. The combination seems to have disarmed editorial skepticism and vigilance. The honest side is embodied by Peter Sarsgaard, doing a brilliant slow burn as the reluctant enforcer Charles Lane, the editor obliged to cope with the realization that he has an incorrigible liar on his hands.

The deceiver never does appreciate the distinction between coming clean and feigning repentance. Mr. Lane’s weary appeal, “I just want you to tell the truth,” falls on deaf ears. However, it’s gratifying to reflect that the dupes were not infinitely forgiving, and the real-life implications extend well beyond the specific disgrace inflicted on a particular publication. Making an auspicious directing debut from his own screenplay, Billy Ray is so adroit and clear-sighted about this case history that he makes it easy to share a decent, cautionary outlook. The first-rate cast includes Steve Zahn in a winning turn as the rival reporter who has a vested interest in challenging the slippery veracity of Mr. Glass.

Gary Arnold


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