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March 5, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
It's not accurate, exactly, to say that I've been waiting for James Vance and Dan E. Burr's graphic novel “On the Ropes” (W.W. Norton: 248 pp., $24.95) -- until I saw a copy, I had no idea that it was coming out. But it is the case that Vance and Burr's first book, “Kings in Disguise,” first published in 1988, is one of my favorite graphic novels - a stark bit of social realism tracing the travails of a 12-year-old named Freddie Bloch as he wanders through the Depression - and with this new work, which picks up the story in 1937, the creators have outdone themselves.
September 16, 1986
Often, criticism reveals most about the critic. By calling Harold Ezell a "two-bit ringmaster" in a "media circus," The Times revealed itself as bigoted and abusive. What's more, by stooping to invective, The Times has forfeited its credibility. A public apology to Harold Ezell is in order. ARTHA WILBER Orange
Nobody roams with Culpepper and Merriweather for the money. Certainly not David Volponi. On stilts, he is nine feet tall. On the ground, he is 5 feet, 8 inches of peace--soft-spoken, always smiling, a gentle soul. The circus is his sanctuary against an outside world, its hard knocks and false friendships. Five years ago, Culpepper and Merriweather visited Volponi's home town of Groveland, near Yosemite National Park. He walked on stilts to promote the circus for the local Lion's Club. "Mr.
March 20, 1988 | from Reuters
Luigi Guidotti, who left his wife and joined the circus 15 years ago, was reunited with her after she spotted him from the audience working under the big top. Guidotti's wife and daughter were in the stands last week when they noticed him moving equipment between acts in a traveling circus that stopped at Civitanova Marche, on Italy's Adriatic Coast. She called a policeman and then confronted her spouse.
June 12, 1989 | From United Press International
A circus acrobat who fell during a show at Busch Stadium was in stable condition Sunday, a Jewish Hospital spokeswoman said. An audience of about 35,000 was watching Oscar Garcia, 29, of Sarasota, Fla., perform on a wheel suspended 25 feet above the ground when he lost his balance and fell backward Saturday night. Garcia suffered a dislocated left wrist and broken right elbow.
And how did the Kings respond to the trade of popular right wing Rick Tocchet? In losing, 8-2, to the Hartford Whalers on Thursday at the Civic Arena, it was their most one-sided defeat of the season, and certainly the most embarrassing. They had not yielded eight goals in a game since losing, 8-2, at Dallas on March 6, 1995. Now, the Kings are winless in their last eight games, going 0-6-2, and have only one road victory in the last 17 games.
February 10, 1985 | RICHARD EDER
The thesis novel; what a heart-sinking notion. It suggests the same relation to literary beguilement that the metronome has to music. Angela Carter's novel quivers with ideas about many things, including feminism. It hums and buzzes and stamps its feet even at the rare moments when it is standing still. Yet, its ideas are not theses but hypotheses. "Nights at the Circus" is not about how men and women ought to be, but how they just conceivably might be.
January 12, 2010 | Valerie J. Nelson
Dale Rickards, a self-styled cowboy who wrangled horses for Hollywood and turned his Malibu ranch into a faux western town for location photography, has died. He was 88. FOR THE RECORD: : An earlier version of this article incorrectly said Dale Rickards' son Gary will carry on the family's movie-prop business. His son Ron will run it. Rickards, who was a retired mounted officer for the LAPD, died of emphysema Dec. 29 at his home in the hills above Malibu, said his son Ron. After Rickards bought 11 acres off Mulholland Highway in the Santa Monica Mountains in 1957, he built a home.
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