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July 17, 1994 | DIANNE KLEIN
The Rev. Mother Altagracia Perez, as she's called in high Episcopal, came to Los Angeles just over a month ago to minister to this city's spiritual needs, special-ordered from above, bearing enthusiasm and hope. She laughs a lot, with a kind of gusto that puffs up her cheeks and crinkles her eyes. "The things about me that were seen as a problem before are now seen as an asset in Los Angeles," she says, letting you in with her smile.
Nurse's aide Jordania Reed didn't take it seriously when her nursing home imposed an English-only policy last summer. After all, most of the aides at Driftwood Convalescent Hospital in Gilroy, Calif., spoke Spanish as their native tongue, and Reed's bilingual skills had helped her land the job. It was common sense, Reed thought, to address English-speaking patients in English.
Chances are you have a favorite horror story of linguistic incompetence while an innocent abroad. Consider the novice who naively admitted in Spanish, "estoy embarazada." He was embarrassed all right--because he had confessed to being pregnant. Now imagine you are a foreign visitor or resident of Ventura County who does not speak English. If you fall ill or have a brush with the law, you could be risking more than embarrassment with a language blunder.
September 15, 1991 | David Rieff, New York writer David Rieff spent a year in Los Angeles in 1989-90. "Los Angeles: Capital of the Third World" (Simon & Schuster), from which this piece is excerpted, is based on his observations. He has also written for Esquire, Harper's and the New Yorker.
THERE ARE FEW PERIODS IN the day, in many Los Angeles office complexes, more arresting than the one between five and seven in the evening. At five, the white-collar workers can be seen piling out of elevators and striding through air-conditioned lobbies, headed for parking lot, traffic jam and home. For a time, there is silence, with only spasms of desultory banter from the security guards to punctuate the stillness.
October 2, 1988 | RICHARD EDER
After the clear voices that fixed the Great Depression and World War II in our minds--set down respectively in "Hard Times" and "The Good War"--many of the voices in "The Great Divide" are an unresolved mumble of uneasiness, contradiction and purposes hidden from themselves. This makes Studs Terkel's record of America's thoughts about itself in the late 1980s harder going than its predecessors. The interviews are less graphic, and they lack the exhilarating self-knowledge.
February 13, 1988 | GREGG WAGER
It's not uncommon these days to find rock 'n' rollers browsing through the classical music section at the local record store, and vice versa. In fact, many of today's devoted vinyl junkies collect so many different types of music, that the words rock , jazz , classical , New Age , world music or new music are almost like items on the menu of a gourmet restaurant.
September 26, 1987 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music/Dance Critic
The curtain rose on "Babel Babel" Thursday night at the Raleigh Studios, and the innocent viewer thought it was Pina Bausch revisited. The stage, bathed in poetic shadow, revealed a vast grassy vista punctuated with gentle hillocks and soothing valleys. Ah, the neo-expressionist allure of phony realism. Soon, a dozen dancers, the Compagnie Maguy Marin, strolled and rolled through the verdure in ever-artful clusters, their movements defined in careful rhythmic unison.
September 23, 1987 | ALAN M. BROWN
"I work like a sculptor when I work with naked people," says Maguy Marin, discussing her evening-length epic "Babel, Babel," which her company will bring to the Los Angeles Festival on Thursday and Friday at the Raleigh Studios., followed by "May B" on Saturday and Sunday. In "Babel, Babel," which is set to Mahler, to popular music from the '60s (including "Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini") and to Spanish songs, Marin's company of 12 dancers does indeed appear naked a good deal of the time.
February 27, 1987 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Bad news sometimes makes worse TV. Thursday morning's long-awaited release of the Tower Commission report on the Iran- contra arms affair triggered a Washington media frenzy that showed TV reporting at its chaotic, hip-shooting worst. At 7 a.m., CNN loudly advertised "The Tower Commission Report," to air an hour later, as if promoting a prime-time TV show. It turned out to be a show, at that.
November 30, 1986 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Micom Systems built its business by getting computers to talk. Now it wants to get them to understand each other better. The Simi Valley-based company, trying to become a leader in one of the data communications industry's growing areas, is stepping up development of components used both to link different brands of computers and computers scattered among remote locations into smooth electronic networks. The need for better data communications systems is clear.
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