February 26, 2010 |
Whether they're true or not, myths and legends that surround poets help us to see their work in a comprehensible context. Say the names Keats, Poe or Plath, for instance, and images of consumption, drug addiction and mental illness may come to mind, just as the image of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson as an eccentric recluse has persisted largely based on her poetry and a few scraps of biographical information. Slim pickings for a biographical novel, yet the attraction of Dickinson's poetry for Jerome Charyn inspired him to attempt to put flesh on those mythical bones in his novel "The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson."
September 10, 1991 |
The back-fence gossips can't figure her out. She dresses in white year after year, regardless of the season, and never leaves her father's house. Sometimes, just to catch a glimpse of her, the neighbors come to the door bearing gifts, but she disappears to the second floor to avoid them. She is no timid recluse, though.
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December 4, 1994 |
Thousand Oaks ranked as the second safest large city in the United States and Simi Valley was third safest during the first half of 1994, according to figures released today by the FBI. For years, the two Ventura County cities have battled for bragging rights as the safest city in the nation with a population of more than 100,000. But for the first six months of 1994 they were both bested by an old rival, Amherst Town, N.Y. From January through June, that Buffalo suburb reported 12.
February 25, 1996 |
If any team was going to beat No. 1-ranked Massachusetts this season, it figured to be George Washington. The Colonials, with an 86-76 victory Saturday, made it four consecutive victories over the Minutemen, the last unbeaten team in Division I this season. George Washington, 18-5 overall and 11-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, has also won its last four games against Top 10 teams and two in a row on Massachusetts' home court, the Mullins Center, where no other visitor has won more than once.
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June 9, 2000 |
The Laguna Playhouse will launch its 80th season in September with Julie Harris playing poet Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst," directed by Charles Nelson Reilly, who also directed her in the original Broadway production in 1976. It also will give all six plays in 2000-01 a longer ride, expanding the run of each show from 31 to 39 performances.
March 9, 1997 |
He's too young, he's too emotional, he's never coached in this league, he makes way too much money, he's ruthless, he's insincere and he cheats. What else do they say? Oh yeah, he's a Rick Pitino clone--reprehensible as John Calipari is supposed to be, he isn't even entitled to his own identity.
June 14, 1992 |
She was the quintessential golden girl--the princess high in the tower. When her knight swept her into the Jazz Age and the Roaring '20s, the flapper came of age and a legend was born. Then the dream shattered, and it all crashed to the floor like a platter of trays, ending with madness in a North Carolina sanitarium. The story is told in "Zelda: The Last Flapper," starring Kathleen Garrett in a one-woman show at the Tiffany Theatre on the Sunset Strip.
November 26, 2007 |
Take too much fun from the fun bank at Thanksgiving? With more holiday revelry coming up, we have three little words: alcohol-free wine. The notion of tinkering with perfectly good vino makes true wine lovers blanch, but alcohol-free wine has some advantages over its boozy cousin, including far fewer calories: about 15 to 25 calories for a 4-ounce glass, compared with about 90 for a glass of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon.
June 8, 2012 |
Researchers have figured out how a tiny tropical crustacean packs an outsized punch. And they are using that knowledge to engineer super-durable materials that could protect troops in the line of fire, among other useful applications. The peacock mantis shrimp, scientific name Odontodactylus scyllarus , isn't actually a peacock, a mantis or a shrimp. It's a stomatopod, a member of a group of aggressive ocean-dwellers that use outsized appendages to smash, slash or spear their heavily shelled prey.
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June 20, 2009 |
Khadijah Williams stepped into chemistry class and instantly tuned out the commotion. She walked past students laughing, gossiping, napping and combing one another's hair. Past a cellphone blaring rap songs. And past a substitute teacher sitting in a near-daze. Quietly, the 18-year-old settled into an empty table, flipped open her physics book and focused. Nothing mattered now except homework. "No wonder you're going to Harvard," a girl teased her. Around here, Khadijah is known as "Harvard girl," the "smart girl" and the girl with the contagious smile who landed at Jefferson High School only 18 months ago. What students don't know is that she is also a homeless girl.