October 26, 2003 |
It is hard to be a man. At least, so I'm told. Castrating schemes and humiliating rites allegedly threaten the unwary male. Girlfriends have become assertive; the executive director wears a skirt. Even science has conspired against men: Increasingly sophisticated in vitro fertilization may yet render a male presence in the bedroom redundant. The problem has even come to the attention of feminists more and more concerned about the state of this new "second sex." Many men don't know where to turn.
July 15, 2001 |
"No one knows the real story of the great King Arthur of Camelot," intones a woman gliding in a boat across a mist-shrouded lake. "Most of what you think you know about Camelot, Guinevere, and Lancelot and the evil sorceress known as Morgaine le Fay is nothing but lies." She should know.
March 12, 2000 |
It's tempting to think of Ardal O'Hanlon's raucous debut--set in the still-sooty, pre-Euro Dublin of the early '80s--as Roddy Doyle lite. But even if, like Doyle's work, "Knick Knack Paddy Whack" cruises along with a slurry brogue, makes caustic asides about the Irishness of the Irish and showcases young heroes who appreciate a refreshing vomit behind the pub, it doesn't quite have Doyle's schoolmaster-like precision and control.
September 5, 1999 |
The glint of sunlight off a rapier pointed at an opponent's heart, the whistling sound as it cuts the air and the litany of elegant-sounding fencing terms--the "parte," the "riposte," the "glissade"--are vestiges of a cultural past that Spanish novelist Arturo Perez-Reverte looks back on with envy. "Fencing possesses a closeness, an awareness of one's mortality, that is lost in today's world," he says. "You had to come close to face your opponent, and you felt the consequences of your actions intimately.
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June 9, 1999 |
I'd like to make a suggestion to the sociologists and psychologists who have been bombarding us in recent weeks with reminders to talk to our children about peer pressure, violence and guns. Drop a hint in there sometime about manners. It could make all the other lectures unnecessary. During the last month one high school or another has held its senior prom on Saturday nights at the Ventura Theater.
September 6, 1998
Is chivalry dead? I always thought that covering up an extramarital affair was a virtue, not a crime. WARREN STARK Carlsbad