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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1987
Reagan's actions would come across as black humor if 20,000 Nicaraguans hadn't already died because of them. I'm about to leave for Matagalpa, Nicaragua, to join other Los Angeles and San Diego teachers building a school there. How ironic that at the same time, those great humanitarians, the contras, are blowing up schools nearby. Let's hope that none of us are killed by contra bullets paid for by our tax dollars. LISA M. EDMONDSON Santa Monica
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Harry Crews, a rough-hewn Southerner who drew a keen following with novels that describe a Hieronymus Bosch landscape of grotesques — characters who are tossed into rattlesnake pits, walk on their hands, croon lullabies to a skull and literally eat a car — died Wednesday in Gainesville, Fla. He was 76. The cause was neuropathy, according to his former wife, Sally Crews. The word "original" only begins to describe Crews, whose 17 novels place him squarely in the Southern gothic tradition, also known as Grit Lit. He emerged from a grisly childhood in Georgia with a darkly comic vision that made him literary kin to William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and Hunter S. Thompson, although he never achieved their broad recognition.
BOOKS
June 17, 1990 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Although it doesn't include all of Arthur C. Clarke's stories about Earth ("No Morning After" and "The Nine Billion Names of God" are among the notable omissions), "Tales" offers some of the writer's finest work from the '50s and '60s. "The Road to the Sea" and "The Lion of Comarre" represent early explorations of the link between cultural stagnation and technological advance, a theme Clarke would develop more fully in "The City and the Stars."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1986 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, Times Staff Writer
His tear ducts haven't worked since the "Night Stalker" shot him through the forehead a year ago. But Sunday, as William R. Carns Jr. and his fiancee, Inez Erickson, 30, sat in the pew of a Mission Viejo church, it was plain that he was crying. The pastor of St. Kilian Church had just dedicated that midday Mass to them. Head down, shoulders trembling, Carns said little until he returned home that afternoon. "It was very spiritual," he said, his dry eyes reddening.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1988 | Leonard Klady
Kenneth Anger, avant-garde film maker ("Lucifer Rising") and chronicler of terrible Tinseltown in two "Hollywood Babylon" volumes, has returned from self-exile in Europe and NYC to film-adapt the outrageous books for producer Edward Pressman. The movie will feature rare footage and dramatic re-creation, possibly shooting by year's end. "It will reflect the books in both subject matter and tone," Anger told us.
MAGAZINE
July 2, 1989
"On one level, 'Falling in October' is a spoof of the art community; on another, it's serious--a feminist post-nuclear story. These two women are facing their own personal apocalypse: living with self-delusion, on the fringe of a major plague. "I give a voice to characters outside the so-called American mainstream: Bohemian artists on the canals of Venice, women in the barrio and the new denizen of Los Angeles, the single mom. The character of a poet and a single mother is black humor in itself.
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