September 10, 2006 |
SHMIEL JAGER was a prosperous businessman, a macher, in "a small town of a few thousand people, located halfway around the world in a landscape that belonged first to Austria and then to Poland and then to many others." The town was called Bolechow. It's now in Ukraine. You've probably never heard of it. After reading Daniel Mendelsohn's "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million," you'll never forget it.
June 1, 2006
"Back Seat Dodge '38," 1964 sculpture by Edward Kienholz, at LACMA When L.A. County supervisors laid eyes on Kienholz's sculpture of a drunken couple making out in a car -- a week before the opening of a 1966 exhibition at LACMA -- they labeled the artwork "revolting" and "blasphemous," urged museum officials to remove it and threatened to cut their salaries when they refused. The show opened on time, with a long line of viewers and the door of the car closed.
September 9, 2005 |
IT has become fashionable for television news journalists to write memoirs: notably, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Judy Woodruff, Dan Rather, Linda Ellerbee, Lesley Stahl and Sam Donaldson. Now comes "Talking Back" from Andrea Mitchell, who has been a correspondent for NBC's "Nightly News" for three decades. "Talking Back" should satisfy the curiosity of most news junkies, aspiring journalists and those who follow politics with the avidity of sports fans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1999 |
They've lived in the 21st century most of their lives. No wonder there was such little nostalgia Wednesday as founders of the world's oldest science fantasy club said goodbye to the 20th century in Los Angeles. Visions of atomic power, Earth-circling satellites, Martian exploration, genetic cloning and hydroponic food production began dancing in fertile imaginations at the Los Angeles Science Fiction League in 1934--long before scientists followed with the real thing.
November 29, 1997 |
Television executive Dean Valentine always looked forward to evenings with writer-producer Danny Arnold. "I loved going out with Danny," says UPN President Valentine, "and hearing all these amazing stories about his time with Martin and Lewis, or how they fixed 'Bewitched,' or the early days of 'Barney Miller.' " Encouraged by Arnold, Valentine started thinking about ways to document television's past.
November 9, 1997 |
Large engineering projects are invariably multidimensional, and their planning and execution can stretch more than decades, even centuries. Not infrequently, the greatest challenges to overcome before the engineering begins are the political, ecological and economic obstacles. The Panama Canal, among the great projects heralding the enormous technological achievements of the 20th century, is one example.