September 22, 1992 |
It is among the most famous lines in American poetry--"I am large, I contain multitudes." This, from the penultimate section of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself," evokes succinctly the poet's expansive side, and simultaneously the problem Whitman poses as a biographical subject.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1997 |
Camped just a few hundred yards from a Van Nuys Airport runway, Keith and Sharon Thomas of Sun Valley relaxed amid a two-day supply of food and water, flashlights, blankets, pillows and lounge chairs. With their radio tuned in to the airport tower, they had to scream to hear one another. Their sons Chris, 12, and Josh, 11, had given up talking, drowned out by the high-pitched, nerve-racking whine of jets and the thunderous clap of helicopters.
January 30, 1988 |
It is not surprising that "Corpse!," playing at the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre's newly named Hahn Cosmopolitan Theatre through March 19, was written by an actor. That is not because the central character in Gerald Moon's comedy-mystery is an actor and that the explanations for his psychopathic behavior often come down to insults hurled at him with glee: "It's an unfortunate profession . . . pretending to be other people."
October 11, 1991 |
In the hot plains of New Mexico, four men sit cloistered inside an old adobe tower designing a kind of jewelry never seen before. With the colorful sunsets of the Southwest to inspire them, they sketch rings with pink tourmaline, purple amethyst and fire opals that match the colors in the sky. They do not worry whether the stones exist that will fit their designs. They leave that to the 200 or so jewelers who toil in the 150-year-old adobe church below.
February 5, 1987 |
The whole village had come to dinner in hall. There had been boar's head and venison and pork and beef and mutton and capons but no turkey, because this bird had not yet been invented. There had been plum pudding and snap - dragon, with blue fire on the tips of one's fingers, and as much mead as anyone could drink. From "The Once and Future King," by T. S. White.
December 20, 1998 |
In the seconds before an F/A-18 Hornet catapults from the carrier deck, the fighter jet is locked in place with twin engines spewing blue fire like giant blowtorches. The flames are several yards long and so hot that they scorch the cool night wind blowing across the bow. An observer can feel the powerful blast of heat more than a hundred yards away.
January 27, 2002 |
For the first time in a decade, the Army is revising its dress code, allowing more color, style and convenience into all that soldiers can be. Front and center is the issue of hairstyles. For male recruits, the buzz cut has always been de rigueur. Now the Army is permitting shaved heads for men, and cornrows and braids for women. Dyed hair is fine too--as long as the hue isn't blue, fire-engine red, orange, purple, green or some other hair color not found in nature.
July 17, 2010 |
According to recent surveys, the Danes, with their socialist monarchy, carpe diem atheism and boisterous birth rates, are the happiest people on the planet. Just don't try telling this to Thomas E. Kennedy. His ensnaring, original novel, "In the Company of Angels," looks into the hearts of four ordinary yet emotionally tortured Copenhageners — and confronts them with Nardo, a refugee from Chile whose courage in the face of physical torture points up the lies in their lives. Kennedy scrutinizes Danish experience the way only an expat son can view his adopted country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1989 |
The lights dim, the music swells, and the booming voice of an announcer washes over hundreds of people assembled before a pool of water in a corner of the Disneyland Hotel grounds. Mark Rubin's eyes are on the water, not the people, as he listens for the opening strains of the theme music from "Steamboat Willie," the 1928 cartoon that introduced Mickey Mouse to America.
January 19, 2010 |
Everyone wants to know what went wrong with Purdue after that 14-0 start where Final Four expectations were heaped upon the Boilermakers. Coach Matt Painter said the solution to breaking out of a three-game losing slump isn't all that complicated. "We're not very tough," he said. The evidence in that is being outrebounded in five straight games, including 115-81 in the three consecutive losses to Wisconsin, Ohio State and Northwestern. The Boilermakers' once stringent defense has turned flimsy with Ohio State shooting 51% and Northwestern 45.7%, despite a season average of holding teams to 40.3%.