November 8, 2010 |
There is a classic Jill Clayburgh scene in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman," the 1978 film the actress will be remembered for most in a career that kept her busy with work nearly until her death on Friday. She's walking down a crowded New York City sidewalk having just learned her husband is leaving her for someone half her age, the fresh wound visible only in those eyes, a soft cornflower blue gone stone cold. She stops to steady herself, throws up, shakes it off, then moves on. Clayburgh had a way of making moments like these so real she would break my heart.
August 2, 1987
I live a block from the McKinley Mansion. I have seen several distinctive homes in the neighborhood razed to make way for the witless warrens and concrete cartons that developers relentlessly commission. Whenever I caught a glimpse of the McKinley Mansion while strolling past its gates, I wondered how much time was left before the architectural cancer toppled it, too. Now, thanks to Honda, the McKinley may enjoy a remission, if not a cure. At least he has made a valiant, self-sacrificing effort.
August 21, 2013 |
Elmore Leonard, the highly popular and well-regarded crime novelist who died Tuesday at age 87, also left his mark on television. Compared with his books and the movies that continue to be wrought from them, it's the smallest of the marks he made: Two of the three TV series based on his writing, “Maximum Bob” (ABC, 1998) and “Karen Sisco” (ABC, 2003), didn't survive even a single season, though they deserved more. (Both came from Barry Sonnenfeld, who produced the big-screen Leonard adaptation “Out of Sight,” another Karen Sisco story; and directed “Get Shorty,” the film that by Leonard's own reckoning made him a household name.)
December 11, 2012
Re "Poet laureate is chosen for L.A.," Dec. 7 In the early 1980s, I was a restless transfer student at Cal State Northridge, an undeclared major and uncertain in most things. On a whim, I attended a poetry reading in a packed CSUN office. Eloise Klein Healy read from her book, "A Packet Beating Like a Heart," and I was set free. The ache of my young life did not disappear, but I credit Healy with my decision to pursue a bachelor's degree in English. The craft of poetry is to this day my balm in a still uncertain world.
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January 18, 1998
Re "Going Unappreciated in O.C.," Jan. 4: While it is certainly true that there are specific areas and pockets of homes that have not realized much [price] appreciation, there are other factors that must be considered. There are important rules to be followed in purchasing a home--starting with location, location, location. It is most prudent to buy the smallest, cheapest house in a particular neighborhood, so that appreciation will accrue because of other homes that sell for more.
September 11, 1993
Once again, the Dodgers are promoting "Fan Appreciation Day." One is given to believe that the Dodger organization alone is giving away hundreds of prizes, when in fact, most, if not all of the merchandise, is donated by advertisers and vendors. Why isn't it called "Advertisers and Vendors Appreciation Day"? We are bombarded with "Dodger baseball, the best buy in town." The key word is buy . After buying your admission, you get free: a view of Chavez Ravine (sans the proposed park we were told would be built by the Dodgers)