February 7, 2010 |
Hot Springs A Novel Geoffrey Becker Tin House Books: 318 pp., $14.95 paper I call them papercut writers -- brave souls who just about make us bleed, writing on the edge of what we can stand. A reader is lulled into trotting along to the edge of darkness with characters who, gosh, officer, they seemed normal. Who are we to judge? What do we really know about other people's lives? This Bernice character in "Hot Springs," a young woman who has given up her baby for adoption and cons her boyfriend into helping her kidnap the child five years later . . . is she crazy?
May 12, 1989 |
Allan McCollum is one of 30 young artists included in the current MOCA blockbuster, "Forest of Signs." In a concurrent one-man show titled "Perfect Vehicles," McCollum presents a suite of work based on an idea he has been developing since 1979. With roots in Conceptualism and Minimalism, McCollum is more a theoretician than an object maker, and "Perfect Vehicles"--six solid concrete ginger jars, 6 1/2-feet tall and identical but for the fact that each is painted a different color--offers plenty of food for thought for those of rarefied appetites.
September 18, 1986 |
Sally Guisinger of Brea, who works with a group of senior citizens, has been making noises about obtaining a number of kazoos, preferably the old-fashioned metal type, but she will take the heavier plastic ones; so far, her search has hit only sour notes. Can you strike a chord with Guisinger by recommending a source, or will your silence be considered a blow that might prevent her senior citizens group from banding together for old-time music?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1999 |
For Drew Birtness, the last straw came when he realized he was arresting the grandchildren of suspects he had picked up years ago. The Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy had been working the streets of East Los Angeles for 21 years, long enough to be hardened by the shootings and deaths and gangs--but also long enough to try something new. "I was tired of picking up kids' bodies off the street," he said.
February 16, 2012 |
Rachel Prieur and her brother Ryan were captivated by a radio commercial flooding the airwaves in Dallas. It offered children a shot at stardom — maybe even a part on a Disney show — and all they had to do was show up for an audition. The teenagers begged their parents to take them. Crammed into a hotel ballroom with 200 other children, they took turns reading short monologues in front of a judge. Their father, Bruce Prieur, said a representative for "The," the company that staged the event, told him his children had talent and had qualified to participate in a larger showcase at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, where they would meet top talent scouts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2010 |
Reporting from Orinda, Calif., and East Palo Alto, Calif. -- Residents of a densely packed neighborhood in East Palo Alto, Calif., awoke to explosions and fire Wednesday when a small plane carrying employees of an electric car company crashed in dense fog, killing all three aboard and spewing debris over several homes. The twin-engine Cessna 310 hit 60-foot-high transmission lines, and its fuselage was found tangled in wires. The victims, who were not immediately identified, were employees of Tesla Motors Inc., a San Carlos, Calif.