August 29, 2013 |
Why is America so intent on killing affirmative action? Randall Kennedy's clear-eyed new book, "For Discrimination," offers many reasons, among them: As a remedy for racial injustice, albeit a modest one, affirmative action invokes slavery and, therefore, rattles the philosophical foundation of democracy and fairness upon which much of America believes the country was built. Another reason is that affirmative action is seen as increasingly incompatible with the aims of the so-called post-racial age in which a first black president would seem to argue against any more need for racial redress.
May 22, 2005
You should receive a standing ovation for finding the courage to publish Dan Neil's column on the most valuable vulgarity in the English language ("Prize Bull," 800 Words, April 24). With remarkable grace, even elegance, Neil's words danced from humor to pathos as he (and his friend the asterisk) managed to illuminate a seemingly unworthy subject. Charlie K. Mitchell Venice
May 3, 1992 |
The two fine mainstream sax men--both Los Angeles-area residents--are spotlighted here in a program recorded live in 1990 at a Portland, Ore., club. The date, which sports pianist Mike Wofford, bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Donald Bailey, sparkles with the spontaneity of unrehearsed, jam-session-style jazz. Both players have sumptuous sounds--Cooper's could be called elegant and is more weighty, while Christlieb's gleams like a shining golden ball held to the light.
October 1, 2012 |
Brian Hartline is the all-time leader for the Miami Dolphins when it comes to receiving yards in a single game. He also leads the NFL in receiving yards so far this season. But none of that mattered to the fourth-year player Sunday after his team lost in overtime for the second straight week, 24-21 to the Arizona Cardinals, to drop to 1-3 this season. He called his franchise-record 253 yards receiving on 11 catches "bittersweet. " "If you win the game, it's awesome," Hartline said . "If you don't, it has the asterisk.
October 20, 1986 |
When Outstandingly won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes as a 2 year old in 1984, it was necessary to put a large asterisk next to her name. Only the second-fastest horse that day, Outstandingly still picked up the winner's share of the purse after Fran's Valentine, who was first to the wire, was disqualified for staggering a couple of other runners at the head of the stretch.
March 2, 1986 |
A quarter-century has passed since Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in a season. The Amazin' Mets, the mustachioed Oakland A's, and the Big Red Machine have all come and gone. We've seen six Presidents, four baseball commissioners and man on the moon. Since that year of triumph for Maris at Yankee Stadium, Tom Seaver has won 304 games, Pete Rose has collected 4,204 hits and three of Maris' teammates have been named to the Hall of Fame.