May 25, 2012 |
Before the era of the 24-hour news cycle and weekly televised debates, the predominant and most creative outlet for presidential candidates to communicate their vision was the campaign poster. With "Presidential Campaign Posters" (Quirk Books), the Library of Congress takes a look back at two centuries of memorable election art. The book begins with the 1828 Andrew Jackson / John Quincy Adams race, spanning through 2008's Barack Obama / John McCain battle - including Shepard Fairey's memorable Obama "Hope" poster - and covering every campaign in between.
November 4, 2009 |
Los Angeles writer Amy Wallace knew there would be blow back when she wrote a story for Wired magazine debunking the idea that autism is caused by childhood vaccinations. But she didn't imagine anything like this. Two weeks after the story hit the Internet, the e-mail keeps flowing. A majority voice support for "An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All." But at least one in five disagrees. Many seethe with indignation. A few sling vile names and veiled threats.
April 19, 2009 |
Campaigning in his KwaZulu-Natal heartland last week, Jacob Zuma took aim at one of his sharpest critics, the Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The cleric had "strayed" from his pastoral responsibilities by criticizing him, said Zuma, who has battled charges of fraud and racketeering for most of the last decade. "As far as I know," Zuma said, "the role of priests is to pray for the souls of sinners, not condemn them."
October 19, 2008 |
The 42 men who've been president of the United States share many characteristics besides membership in one of the world's most exclusive clubs. That means, looking at them as a group, we can extract an "average president." The data can't predict who'll win the election, but they can tell us how the current candidates stack up against those who've come before. 1. What's the average age at which a president is first inaugurated? a. 45 b. 50 c. 55 d. 60 -- 2. How tall is the average president? a.
March 24, 2008 |
Location. Location. Location. A few years back, Hart Bochner was making a movie in Bakersfield. The production moved to the desert town of Trona for two night shoots. The experience there proved so overwhelming that he was compelled to write and direct a movie about it. "Just Add Water," which opens Friday, is set in the town on the edge of Death Valley.
June 21, 2007
Re "The princess and the heiress," Opinion, June 16 What Meghan Daum fails to acknowledge in her comparison of Princess Diana and Paris Hilton are Diana's connections with the common man. Even if she did it for PR purposes, Diana literally embraced people with AIDS at a time when no one else would, traveled to Africa to draw attention to poverty on that continent and made her sons ride the Tube and eat fast food so they would have an appreciation of...