February 8, 2013
Re "In praise of maps that fold," Opinion, Feb. 3 Kudos to Simon Garfield and his love for paper maps. In addition to his keen observations about folding maps and their GPS cousins, consider that cellphone maps, while accurate and helpful in one's immediate environment, lack the big picture. You know where you are in a pinpoint sense, but not where you are in the world. With a paper map, you start with the big picture and zoom in to your location; not so with a map app. Missing are landmarks, near and far, as well as a sense of cardinal directions, all key to establishing and maintaining orientation.
January 9, 2013 |
We're watching the BCS championship game together Monday night in Lane Kiffin's USC office -- you know, the game the Trojans were going to be playing in Miami. It sounds silly, if not ridiculous, after the kind of season the Trojans have just experienced, but five months ago Kiffin and others were voting USC the No. 1 team in the country. Right now Miami feels millions rather than a couple of thousand miles away, a brooding Nick Saban on the TV screen, a winner of two of the previous three title games.
January 2, 2013
Re "Spiritual but not religious," Opinion, Dec. 28 Corinna Nicolaou looks backward in her quest for a "special kind of wisdom"; it is the religious who should look forward to her and other like-minded "Nones. " She contemplates the pervasive myth that Nones are "missing out. " I ask: Can religion propagate kindness without intolerance? Does it incline people "to see the big picture," or is a church a group of people encouraging each other that they no longer have to wonder?
December 21, 2012 |
I have the day off, recovering from a trip back East with the Lakers and old age. But I find myself writing because I cannot believe the idiotic things being written about Kobe Bryant. Now I know what you are thinking: The guy really does need a rest if he's defending Kobe Bryant. But ESPN's Chris Broussard and Fox's Jason Whitlock have done Kobe a disservice, both coming to the conclusion that Kobe is the reason for the Lakers disappointing everyone this season. Without Kobe being Kobe this season, the Lakers might as well make like the NHL and disappear.
September 21, 2012 |
Earlier this week, angered by a question about the return of an injured player, Lane Kiffin stormed out of a daily news conference after less than 30 seconds. I don't need that long to give him some advice. Chill out, dude. Stop sweating the small stuff. End these weekly tiffs with the media. Worry less about hiding injuries and more about hitting linebackers. You are distracting your team and clouding your mission. I called Kiffin Thursday about this growing mess, and, give him credit, he acknowledged his part in it. He admitted he was wrong to walk out of the news conference.
August 22, 2012 |
When I began writing this column in 2000, I was wringing my hands about what looked like a new low in the movie business. Sony Pictures was about to release "Charlie's Angels," a less-than-stellar remake of a less-than-venerable TV show. It sounded like a terrible idea, especially when I discovered that the studio had paid a whopping 17 writers to work on the film - including A-listers such as Akiva Goldsman and Susannah Grant, and a batch of"Seinfeld" vets who did a round-table joke writing session right before production started.