September 6, 2013 |
Everyone in L.A. lies about his or her age, says the author of the book "Career Comeback - Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want. " "This is the most youth-oriented city on the planet, where you're only as old as your cosmetic dermatologist makes you look," says Lisa Johnson Mandell (no relation to the writer of this story). "This might be the only city where people use professionally Photo Shopped head shots not just for acting, but on their LinkedIn profiles, Facebook pages, and of course on their online dating profiles.
September 4, 2013 |
For all the new things that schools will be called on to teach under the soon-to-be-implemented Common Core curriculum standards, it's a skill that has been omitted that is causing controversy: cursive writing. Good old script penmanship isn't part of the standards, which have been adopted by 45 states, including California. It's not forbidden or discouraged, but Common Core focuses on analytical and computer-based skills rather than the long hours of practice required to link letters in a flowing style.
September 4, 2013 |
Diana Nyad is now high priestess of the Land of Try-Try Again. A stubborn sort with a bit of a wild streak, she once jumped from a fourth-floor dorm room in college, but that wouldn't be the craziest stunt she'd ever pull. It turned out to be this swim she completed Monday, Cuba to the Florida Keys, through the muck and mayhem of the Gulf Stream, the river within the sea. Ever sipped this stuff? Warm as soup. Full of bilge musk and whale belch. PHOTOS: Diana Nyad's Cuba-to-Florida swim Step out of the briny Caribbean in late summer and you'll be salty as a stadium pretzel.
September 3, 2013 |
Last month, some publications proclaimed a trio of young female swimmers the stars of their sport after the teenagers set world records at the FINA world championships in Barcelona, Spain. But Monday, it was 64-year-old Diana Nyad who captured the world's attention, becoming the first person to successfully swim the treacherous 110-mile stretch of ocean that divides Cuba and the United States without a shark cage. It's a remarkable feat, made even more noteworthy given that swimming is so often considered a sport that favors the young.
September 2, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Roger Federer moved as if the tennis court were an unfamiliar place, a place where he needed guidance, where he needed advice on how to hit a forehand or when to unleash that one-handed backhand that had earned him five U.S. Open championships and 17 Grand Slam titles, more than any other man in history. Much of the tennis world was eagerly anticipating that for the first time, Federer and Rafael Nadal would conduct their rivalry at the U.S. Open. Instead, 31-year-old Spaniard Tommy Robredo, who had only won three of 27 sets and never a match from Federer, stands as a U.S. Open men's quarterfinalist.
September 2, 2013 |
Thirty years ago, I became a graduate teaching fellow in a popular undergraduate course at Harvard University called Modern Anglo-Irish Poetry. What made it popular? The subject matter was certainly rich. But the professor, Seamus Heaney, was the special attraction. He was already a major figure in the poetic landscape; we watched him artfully mapping its peculiar geography. Heaney, who died Friday in Dublin at age 74, was powerful and widely read, receiving countless honors, including the Nobel Prize.
August 30, 2013 |
Dinner parties on the Westside of Los Angeles are never a simple affair. To pull off the casual elegance required of such an evening often entails hours of painstaking planning. The same can be said of a movie re-creation of such a party, where the glasses must be refilled to a particular height, the dip placed just right and the question of whether to use coasters becomes an actual dilemma. "Would it be blasphemous if we don't use coasters?" asks Nicole Holofcener, the writer-director of "Enough Said," a new romantic comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini in one of his last roles.
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Even before Facebook begins displaying splashy video ads, it's preparing for a backlash from users like Amy Pittel. The 44-year-old writer and stay-at-home mother from Livermore, Calif., says she's weary of being bombarded by ads on Facebook and the rest of the Internet, most of which she ignores. "I shall continue to do as I always have when an unwanted video ad or commercial comes on: check my email or another Web page until the ad is finished," Pittel said.
August 29, 2013
Re "Court ruling backs atheist parolee," Aug. 24 Did I read that right? State officials ordered an atheist parolee to enroll in a drug treatment program emphasizing belief in God or some "higher power" - and his refusal to abide such belief netted him 100 days in prison? This travesty recalls Strother Martin's prison warden character in "Cool Hand Luke," when he harshly implored Paul Newman's Luke to "get your mind right" to avoid further beatings. For California to encourage mental reformation by threat of incarceration, rather than physical violence, is no less objectionable.
August 28, 2013 |
A Montana judge has come under fire after handing down a 30-day sentence to a former high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student and for making statements in court that the victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her teacher. Outrage is particularly sharp in Billings, where the crime took place, because the girl committed suicide in 2010, just shy of her 17th birthday, as the criminal case was pending. A protest was planned for Thursday, and organizers have called on Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh to resign.