April 21, 1989 |
Poets, as few others, must live close to the world that primitive men are in: the world in its nakedness, which is fundamental for all of us--birth, love, death, the sheer fact of being alive. --Gary Snyder Gary Snyder is tolerant of many things--but cities are not one of them. "I think New York should be leveled and made into a buffalo pasture," he once told the Village Voice. This week, however, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will make his way down from his remote home in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to the outer limits of Los Angeles (Langley Hall at CalArts in Valencia)
April 8, 2001 |
George Pan grabs a heavy meat cleaver from the rack, sharpens it on a whetstone block and rubs iodine over the blade while an ailing patient waits to begin his unique therapy. Pan taps the patient's body with the sharp--not flat--side of a 10-inch blade, saying his "knife massage" releases the body's stored energy, increases blood flow and washes away harmful toxins.
April 7, 1990 |
A visitor immediately notices the fragrance of incense when entering the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo. The sweet odor, say Buddhists, is similar to the goodwill a selfless individual diffuses on humanity. Incense is also burned by Buddhists in remembrance of the deceased. And much incense will be burned Sunday during special ceremonies as Southland Buddhists meet at their temples to celebrate Buddha's birthday.
July 27, 2003 |
With his reverence for Buddhism and the pre-Socratics, Robert Dickman might seem unlikely to spend much time chatting with high-level corporate executives, especially at a time when Enron and other scandals have public confidence in corporate integrity at a new low. But the 56-year-old Santa Monica resident looks to the multinationals to make the world a better place. Dickman's firm, FirstVoice Communications, has consulted at Ford Motor Co.
May 16, 2001 |
The Imperial Household Agency confirmed Tuesday that Crown Princess Masako is pregnant with a long-awaited heir to the 2,600-year-old Chrysanthemum Throne. No announcement has yet been made on the sex of the child. But recent calls by the prime minister for legal changes allowing women to ascend the throne have fueled speculation that the child will be a girl. Women's groups and social critics say having an empress could help improve women's profile--and give Japan a better monarch.
October 28, 2007 |
IT'S the tuft of hair on the chin, the relief of a goatee on the smooth aluminum surface of the face, that gives the character's identity away. Otherwise, the 17-foot-high statue of a big-eyed "Oval Buddha" could be just another of Takashi Murakami's cute creations: a wandering space alien, perhaps, or a member of a tribe of ghosts. The character sits like Humpty Dumpty on the lip of a flower vase, his oversized head far too big for his tiny torso. He has a potbelly. His spine sags.