December 31, 1987 |
On a summer afternoon in Moscow, shortly after Sputnik circled the Earth in 1957, American astronomer Al Wilson was attending a series of meetings with Soviet geophysicists. On the final day of the meetings, a Soviet professor, G. Tikhov, gave a garden party in Wilson's honor. After many toasts, Tikhov strolled over to a tree in the middle of the garden. It was a ginkgo, one of the most ancient species of plant life on Earth.
October 21, 1988
In the article by Garry Abrams, "Nobel for Arab a Reminder of a Wider Literary World" (Oct. 14), he mentions a number of bookshops that did not carry the works of this year's literature winner, Naguib Mahfouz. I use each year's Nobel winner as a new reading list, and each year make a search-and-destroy attack on the Los Angeles bookstores. When Wole Soyinka won I found most of his books at the Aquarian Bookshop; last year when Joseph Brodsky won I found two of his books at B. Dalton and Book Soup; this year, after an extensive search of L.A. bookstores I found two of Mahfouz's books at the Bodhi Tree, and a whole selection of them in Santa Monica at the Midnight Special Bookstore.
October 30, 1994 |
It was 24 years ago that L.A.'s center for all things metaphysical, the Bodhi Tree Bookstore, opened for business on Melrose Avenue. The brainchild of Stan Madson and Phil Thompson, engineers for Douglas Aircraft who were swept up in the social revolution of the '60s and were itching to get out of the aerospace industry, the store was launched (with a third partner, Dan Morris) with a modest nest egg of $18,000 and an inventory of 2,000 books.
May 6, 2003 |
A woman named Rose Rosetree warned of the dangers of cosmetic surgery. Never mind the possibility of a botched job or post-operative infection, the real peril is that in fixing the bump on your nose, you have unwittingly altered your destiny. A curved nose, she explained, marks a creative soul; straighten it, and the soul, like the nose, simply becomes more average. Rosetree is a physiognomist -- a face reader. She can also read auras and chakras and is a trained empath.
March 9, 2012 |
The problem with Eddie Murphy? It is not a problem of talent or fearlessness. He has plenty of both. But in "A Thousand Words," shot in 2008 and now available for your viewing displeasure, he's a first-rate talent stuck in yet another third-rate piece of bleccch, written by Steve Koren, who shoveled us the Adam Sandler leavings "Click" and "Jack and Jill," and directed by frequent Murphy collaborator Brian Robbins, whose résumé includes "Norbit" and...
April 13, 1986
Your article (March 23) on Nathan Shapell was a welcome one! His autographed photo in my office always evokes questions, which lead to lengthy explanations about the accomplishments of this man, so I am more than happy to have this newsprint to frame beside it. Many years ago, you did a splendid feature on Mr. Shapell and his wife, Lily, in your magazine section, and I was fascinated by one facet of his character--his punctuality. At that time, he used to set his watch 10 minutes ahead, so that he would never be late to his many meetings.