April 19, 2013 |
Ben Fountain's satire "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" was named the winner of the L.A. Times 2012 book prize for fiction on Friday night at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" took the prize in the current interest category. The complete list of winners: --Biography: Robert Caro, "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson " (Knopf) --Current Interest: Katherine Boo, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" (Random House)
September 2, 1999
Theater "Orphans," Lyle Kessler's drama about a couple of wild-child orphans and the mysterious patriarch who transforms their lives, closes Sunday at the International City Theatre, Long Beach City College, Clark Street and Harvey Way, Long Beach. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $22. (562) 938-4128.
July 15, 2007 |
OH, how an artist's achievement is sometimes at the mercy of the wrong critic! Thomas Bewick's woodcut engravings of Northumbrian country scenes were disparaged in 1782 by the critic Horace Walpole as nothing more than "slovenly stamps." Years later, however, noted Victorian art and social critic John Ruskin countered that attack with lavish praise, Jenny Uglow tells us in "Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 460 pp., $30).
January 24, 1997 |
In 1847, Charlotte Bronte's classic novel "Jane Eyre" was considered somewhat scandalous for its portrayal of improper conduct between Jane and Mr. Rochester. How times have changed. Bronte's plotting has become bastardized into an industry of bodice-ripping publications of little literary worth. Modern times permit the action to venture into more explicitly questionable conduct. How does one treat what might be considered the mother novel of the Gothic romance genre without appearing dated?
April 17, 2013 |
The bungalow where George Orwell was born, in Motihari, Bihar, India, is finally being turned into a monument , Agence France-Presse reports -- but it's a monument to Mahatma Gandhi, not the British writer. Local officials laid a foundation stone at the site over the weekend. The house, where Orwell (then named Eric Blair) was born in 1903 and lived for a year before leaving for England, has been neglected for decades. It was damaged by an earthquake in 1934, has played host to scores of stray animals and, despite a promise in 2009 by the state government to fix it up, had been left to the mercy of weather and time.
October 20, 1996 |
It was one of those strange coincidences that couldn't have been planned for all the tea in China. I had driven north from London to the Derbyshire Peak District to meet a friend in the village of Edale, the beginning of the Pennine Way long-distance path. Not that we were planning to hike all 250 miles of it, you understand. Just a bit of weekend pottering around the best bits.
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August 24, 2013 |
Julie Harris, the delicate yet steely grande dame of the stage whose performances earned her a record five Tony Awards and 10 Tony nominations, died Saturday. She was 87. Harris died of congestive heart failure at her home in West Chatham, Mass., actress Francesca James, a close friend, told the Associated Press. Harris had suffered a stroke in 2001 and another in 2010, James said. In addition to her theatrical awards, Harris was nominated for an Academy Award in 1952 for her indelible performance as Frankie Addams in Carson McCullers' "The Member of the Wedding," a role she had created on Broadway.
September 3, 1998 |
STAGE Musical 'Jane Eyre': La Jolla Playhouse will present the U.S. premiere of a new musical version of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre," written and co-directed by John Caird ("Nicholas Nickleby," "Les Miserables"). Pop composer and lyricist Paul Gordon wrote the score. An earlier version of the show premiered in Toronto in 1996, but the La Jolla production--slated for next summer--will use a smaller cast, some new songs and less musical underscoring.