July 20, 2012 |
AURORA, Colo. - As Joel Wheelersberg tells it, he might have been the last person to get a ticket for the screening of the new Batman movie in Theater 8, the screening room next door to Theater 9, where a gunman opened fire early Friday. His brother was visiting Colorado from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Wheelersberg pleaded with the ticket-seller when told the screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” was sold out. He got two tickets. Like others in Theater 8, he heard the popping sounds coming from Theater 9 next door and assumed it was a special effect.
October 3, 2013 |
From "Brave New World" to "The Hunger Games," dystopian fiction generally presents a closed, ostensibly perfect society from the point of view of the outsider who doesn't fit in. The less-often told story is what it's like to be part of the crowd. Who accepts the words of the powerful? What kind of person would that be? Someone like Mae Holland, the main character in Dave Eggers' new near-future novel, "The Circle. " As a believer, her motivations are sometimes just beyond Eggers' reach; what's more important is the role she plays as a functionary in an online company ravenous for data, with ambitions for tracking people that could make the National Security Agency quail.
June 29, 1987 |
The first major loan exhibition in America of the drawings of Raphael and his school will open at the Pierpont Morgan Library in October. The exhibition, "Raphael and His Circle," will be shown Oct. 9-Jan. 3. The exhibition will consist of about 90 drawings by the 16th-Century Italian painter and his immediate followers. The library says a group of more than 40 sheets by Raphael "documents virtually every important phase of his career and includes many of his most celebrated drawings."
November 29, 2013 |
The game of football has evolved over the years with different formations. We've had the single-wing, the split-T, the wildcat. Now, we have a new one. The concussion circle. The only player involved in this formation is the poor guy on the ground in the middle. The others are medical personnel, who are asking questions, checking eyeballs and taking the helmet away. There were three NFL games on Thanksgiving Day. We expected the usual amount of violent head-smacking. We weren't disappointed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1986 |
Like most politicians, San Diego City Councilman Bill Cleator and former Councilwoman Maureen F. O'Connor have an inner circle of confidants that they use as a sounding board for key decisions in their mayoral campaigns and a range of other matters. Cleator, for example, has what he sometimes jokingly refers to as his "Point Loma Mafia," a collection of boyhood friends who now are among the movers and shakers of San Diego's business and social circles.
September 10, 2012 |
It can sometimes take a tragedy to reveal a truth. Who does not remember where they were on Sept. 11 when they heard that the towers had come down? But terrible times also can provide insight that might otherwise never come. In 2001, I was teaching in Chicago. My main break from work was frequent participation in a daily pickup soccer game that I stumbled onto soon after arriving in town. It was a virtual United Nations, with players from Argentina, Russia, Germany, Iran, Italy, Turkey, Georgia, Brazil, Poland, Korea, China and Mexico.