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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.
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."
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.
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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