O’s Book Club!
by Melissa Wimbish
President Kennedy is getting all sorts of opera play these days. Two years ago, I sang the role of Nancy Tuckerman in Joshua Bornfield’s Camelot Requiem and this week, Fort Worth Opera announced the star-studded casting for their upcoming production of David T. Little’s JFK. Both operas zero in on the assassination and the hours leading up to his death: Bornfield’s begins with the telegram announcing the shooting while Little’s reportedly covers the last twelve hours of his life.
We’re all told that President Kennedy was a great man. I believe he was, but realized I had nothing to say about him other than mainstream knowledge… Marilyn, Cuban Missile Crisis, good-looking dude, shady assassination. This is not the way to be, so I picked up JFK’S Last Hundred Days at the airport before a five hour flight and now I understand why all those hoes wanted to have his babies.
Let me tell you something: Thurston Clarke knows how to write a true story without being all “blah blah blah boring boring”! This reads like a novel … and after reading you will watch footage of the Kennedy assassination and cry like you knew him.