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October 1, 1993 | ELAINE KENDALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If truth-in-packaging laws applied to book titles, "so seldom" would be replaced by "never," and the dust jacket would carry a warning that these audacious tales are not for the squeamish. Because Barbara Gowdy's arresting stories of devotion, affection and obsession explore varieties of love hitherto left virtually untouched by others, the effect is both astonishing and unnerving.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2010 | By Steve Oney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
During the all-too-brief life of their physically disabled son, Jesse, who died in his sleep five years ago at the age of 17, the actors Marianne Leone (who played the mother of actor Michael Imperioli on HBO's "The Sopranos") and Chris Cooper (an Academy Award winner for his work in "Adaptation"), often sought relief in black humor. They would joke that if they were booked onto an afternoon talk show, their screen ID would read: "Tragic parents of severely handicapped child. " What made the line funny was not just that it was politically incorrect but that it captured their dilemma.
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.
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