June 10, 1999 |
Sanitariums, like prisons, might seem like natural settings for plays, considering they provide larger-than-life characters and built-in conflicts and nobody is really going anywhere. Novelist Don DeLillo understood this with his only play, the woefully underappreciated and under-revived "The Day Room."
May 4, 1986
So things have come a long way since then, huh ("The Way It Was and Wasn't in Black, White," by Evelyn Keyes, April 20)? Well, think again, sister. While Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for her performance in "Gone With the Wind" and was not invited to the recent "GWTW" grand reunion party, blacks today are invited to many parties, but are denied the awards for what surely were award-winning performances in "The Color Purple." Surely, not much has changed in Tinseltown or the United States, if one looks closely enough.
February 1, 1988 |
It turns out that the previous brainstorm of Dr. Alfred Barrios was just a stress rehearsal. Barrios, you may or may not recall, is the local clinical psychologist who came up four years ago with a Stress Control Biofeedback Card. Its principle was simple enough, based on the fact that clammy hands often indicate tension. "When your defenses are up, your blood tends to go inward to your muscles and vital organs, and at that point your hands grow cold," he said.
January 5, 1993 |
You're bloated from pigging out on potato chips, so you light up a Camel to curb your appetite. Feeling guilty because you know you should quit smoking, you nibble your nails instead. You decide it's better to chew gum, but you're so nervous that you constantly pop it. When someone complains, you reach for the raw chocolate-chip cookie dough. And so on. When New Year's Eve rolled around, you resolved to make a new start.
February 21, 1988 |
Are we over the hill? In the same week that Firestone sold its 88-year-old tire business to a Japanese company and the Bank of Tokyo bought Union Bank of California, the cover of Newsweek posed the question that is on many people's minds: Is America in decline? Not necessarily.
April 26, 1992 |
After winning three consecutive American League pennants, the Oakland Athletics developed some bad habits last season and finished fourth in the West. There are signs the A's are fixing their problems and making plans to bid for West Division honors again. In five of their last six games against the Minnesota Twins last season, Oakland blew leads. In three of those games, the lead was five runs. The A's did it again Friday in the first game of the season between the two.