December 21, 1991
The first words out of my 8-year-old son when he heard the news was, "Can we move to Kansas City?" Then he asked, "Why? Why don't they like him?" I don't think anyone will understand the shameful treatment that Wally Joyner received from the Angels every time he negotiated a contract. And yet, even up to the last minute, he still appeared to want to play for them. No matter how pitiful the Angels were, there was always hope when Wally came to the plate. This was exhibited by thousands of young voices, like my son's, as well as older ones, screaming, "Wally!
January 20, 2000 |
Truth is the oxygen of love. This ancient but easily forgotten verity is at the heart of Margot Livesey's clever, lively, sometimes hilarious new novel "The Missing World," which follows a group of up-to-date Londoners through their romantic mishaps and existential quandaries. The book is also a meditation on the moral economy of memory--on the price, that is, of denying what one has done and who one is.
April 16, 1989 |
In the new TV movie Love and Betrayal (CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.), Stefanie Powers plays a woman whose world is shaken when her husband (David Birney) leaves her for a younger woman. A Deadly Silence (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.), another new TV movie, is based on the true story of a Long Island teen-ager (newcomer Heather Fairfield) who hired a classmate to murder her sexually abusive father (Charles Haid). Mike Farrell plays her attorney. Barbarosa (Channel 5 Monday at 8 p.m.), a splendid 1982 Western written by William Witliff and directed by Fred Schepisi, stars Gary Busey as a Texas farm youth on the run after an accidental killing and Willie Nelson as a fabled outlaw with whom Busey crosses paths.
September 30, 2009 |
Richard Ehrlich comes across as a young, emerging artist, in spite of his 70 years. He took up photography as a serious adjunct to his day job in urological surgery less than 10 years ago and has shot broadly and prolifically -- among other subjects, the landscapes of China and Vietnam; abstract crystal patterns; the skies, surfers and lifeguard stations of Malibu; the inner and outer workings of a FedEx hub in Tennessee; seascapes of Vancouver Island;...
December 24, 1989 |
The phrase has a nice sound, iambic and alliterative, a door softly clicking shut: The end of the '80s. But no divorce is truly final. One of the paradoxes of American life is how deeply the phrase "put it behind us" is rooted in our cultural lexicon--implying how often we find ourselves having to "heal" from one form or another of lacerating violence and betrayal. Yet we love our nostalgic, picture-book essays, our trivial pursuit into the torrential imagery of the past.
December 11, 1988 |
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.
June 10, 2010 |
One of the enjoyable things about reviewing books is that you seldom open a volume and have the word "reprehensible" come almost immediately to mind. Game-show impresario Chuck Barris' "Della," which purports to be a "memoir" of his only child, who died at 36 from an overdose of cocaine and vodka, is an exception. It is distasteful to criticize someone else's family arrangements — however chaotic — and, even more so, to disparage a parent who has suffered life's most devastating blow, the loss of a child.
September 17, 1990 |
In the parlor below the deck of her houseboat docked on the Potomac, a youngish woman--blond and dressed in white--recounts the dream and nightmare of her search for her long-hidden legend-filled past. Among the framed old photographs decorating the wood-paneled room, there is only one that really matters to Jett Williams: a black-and-white picture of a handsome young man in a cowboy hat with a dreamy expression on his face. It is no ordinary face, no ordinary family photograph.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1997
Among the many Vietnamese who have settled in Orange County are several dozen former commandos who were captured and imprisoned after parachuting into North Vietnam during the war. The history of their treatment by the Pentagon is sordid, and shameful chapters keep being added. The latest is the outrageous delay in paying surviving commandos, months after the Congress ordered payment and the Pentagon promised to comply.