April 18, 1997
In "Adulthood? Later, Dude!" (March 21) you feature a picture of a 22-year-old woman, a self-supporting USC student, sitting on a bench with a lit cigarette in her hand. With her quote, "Adulthood means being true to yourself--no longer depending on others"--this looks like an endorsement for cigarette smoking. LAURA WACO Tarzana Adults are boring. They have to be too responsible and worry about things--like 24-year-olds who still live at home. PAUL STRENGEL Claremont
November 9, 2010 |
Some adolescent memories ? prom dates, fashion choices, Facebook postings ? tend to fade and, mercifully, disappear in the transition to adulthood. But a study released Tuesday finds that one increasingly common source of teen angst ? obesity ? has a cruel knack for following adolescents into their adult years, then tightening its grip. The result not only confers profound health risks for teens whose excess weight follows them and accelerates into adulthood, it also spells a looming public health disaster in a country where almost 1 in 5 adolescents is obese, experts say. By the time they reach their late 20s to early 30s, people who were obese between 12 and 21 are more than seven times more likely than normal-weight or overweight peers to develop severe obesity ?
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June 26, 1996 |
Turning 18 is the big moment for teenagers. They gain the right to vote, the right to finance a car. Even the right to marry without permission. And the right to be sued. To be drafted. To go to an adult prison or be executed. Maybe the soon-to-be-ex-kids need an owner's manual, something to explain all the legal ramifications of that big birthday. That's what Margaret Hampton of Calabasas thought when she began distributing a free booklet called "When You Become 18."
August 7, 2010 |
Although nicely acted and directed, "Cemetery Junction" is a thoroughly unremarkable coming-of-age dramedy that's barely distinguished by its 1973 England setting or by its name supporting cast. Not surprisingly, the film will be on DVD shelves mid-month. Co-written and co-directed by frequent collaborators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant ("The Office," HBO's "Extras"), this memory piece nominally revolves around a mismatched trio of 20-ish mates navigating young adulthood in their working-class suburb of Cemetery Junction, a town that seems way more acceptable than its crummy reputation here implies.
November 1, 2012 |
Fragile and romantic, the well-acted Belgian coming-of-age drama "North Sea Texas" depicts the tentative steps from friendship to love that consume a lonely 14-year-old boy in a small coastal town. Gay, introverted and neglected by his accordion-playing barfly of a single mom, Pim (Jelle Florizoone) takes comfort in private rituals (drawing, washing himself, dressing up) and a box of collected objects that pertain to his crush: outgoing neighbor boy Gino (Mathias Vergels) who's a few years older.
September 16, 2012 |
NW A Novel Zadie Smith Penguin: 416 pp., $26.95 Zadie Smith's fourth novel, "NW," is a return of sorts to the voices and the northwest London landscape of her 2000 debut, "White Teeth. " Like that book, it is exuberant, lush with language, concerned with the relationship of people to their city, with framing not just the lives of characters but also an entire social milieu. And yet, it is more than that, a real sign of how Smith has developed and grown. "White Teeth," after all, was the work of a young writer - Smith was 24 when it was published - and it was marked by a young writer's excess, a young writer's lack of control.