CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2001
As a former Voice of America correspondent, I would like to commend your Oct. 11 editorial, "An Honest Radio Voice." It's the most accurate description of what VOA does that I have seen published anywhere recently. The people of Afghanistan need the truth, not banal propaganda. The VOA needs and deserves greater understanding in this country, especially in Washington, of what it can and should do in times of crisis. Wayne Corey Laguna Niguel
March 12, 2000
One reader's opinion: "My Best Shot" used to be one of my favorite features--seeing the unusual through the eyes of fellow travelers. Has a new editor been assigned to this task? For the last few months, the images selected are most banal. SHERYL SADEGHI Los Angeles From the first page to the last page, the Travel Section is the best part of the Sunday Los Angeles Times. KEITH JOHNSON Los Angeles
January 3, 1988
Madonna , a "Taste Maker" ("What's Material to the Goddess of Pop," by Kristine McKenna, Dec. 20)? Was this some bizarre joke? Surely the notion is too absurd. But my rage gave way to reflection: Madonna--crass and classless, mediocre and manufactured, banal and brassy, self-obsessed and soulless. Alas, maybe she is the embodiment of the '80s. GREG PALMER San Dimas
March 13, 2005
Donald Kuspit complains that postmodern art "blurs the boundaries between art and life, to the detriment of the aesthetic" ["Back to the Drawing Board," March 6], then cites Coleridge that "the artist is about ... finding the moment of transcendence in the everyday, the moment of the lyrical in what looks banal." Wouldn't the very postmodern art that Kuspit decries fit this description? If the role of the artist is to find moments of transcendence in the everyday, how might Kuspit explain his choice for his exhibit of an almost pornographically depicted image of a naked woman standing in a barn leaning suggestively on the back of a donkey?
June 3, 1990
This was the worst season ever for TV programming--it was better when the writers were on strike. There were a lot of shows on hiatus, only to come back later in the season on a different day and time and then only for a few weeks. Except for a few new shows that arrived in the second half of the season ("Twin Peaks," "Equal Justice," "In Living Color," "The Marshall Chronicles"), the networks must really think we have mundane, banal minds. The 1990-91 schedule is just around the corner--I'm not holding my breath.
May 19, 1991
An economical (for the citizenry) near-term solution has two parts: Raise the speed limit to 80 mph in all but the right-most freeway lanes, and abolish the ludicrous imbecility of the diamond lane. The air fills with smog from accelerating and braking cars. The freeways and our lives are crippled by absurd exercises in social engineering. Los Angeles lives or dies by its effortless traffic flow, not by its banal political rhetoric or its venal dreamspinning advisers. ALAN M. SCHWARTZ Irvine