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July 13, 2003 | James R. Kincaid, James R. Kincaid is Aerol Arnold professor of English literature at USC and the author of "Annoying the Victorians" and "Child-Loving: The Erotic Child and Victorian Culture."
The Victorians A.N. Wilson W.W. Norton: 724 pp., $35 The title character in Kingsley Amis' still-stinging "Lucky Jim" describes his professor's wife as the kind of person who admires books on the French written by Englishmen. Perhaps there should also be a category for people who confirm their prejudices by reading books on the past written by vividly opinionated, widely but superficially informed, rambling, fussy, robustly simple-minded, rancorous, articulate amateurs.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
As school book fairs and children's library browsers can attest, there is no shortage of biographies aiming to educate young readers about the lives of historical figures, from George Washington to Jackie Robinson, Annie Oakley to Anne Frank, Helen Keller to Harry Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt to Elvis Presley. This month, several new picture books about famous thinkers and doers - bold breakers of boundaries and blazers of trails - will further crowd the shelves. The best of these deal forthrightly with their subjects' complexities and contradictions, acknowledging that even heroes make mistakes and suffer setbacks and that one can be inspired by someone's successes while acknowledging their failings.
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MAGAZINE
September 19, 1993
Anthony Day's views and insights of Czeslaw Milosz as a brave soul were rewarding reading ("The Poet Remembers," Aug. 15). However, I reject Milosz's admonition that we learn to "live with contradictions" or be lost. I fear that when too many accept this, it weakens the necessary resolve needed to build a coherent society. Only when individuality is accepted and honored can we find ways to live in harmony, and build barriers against the curse of wars. HYMAN H. HAVES Pacific Palisades
NATIONAL
December 28, 2013 | Timothy M. Phelps
The National Security Agency mass collection of telephone data does not violate the Constitution, a federal judge in New York has ruled, creating a conflict within the federal courts and increasing the likelihood that the Supreme Court eventually will have to resolve the program's fate. The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley will bolster the position of the NSA and its allies just as President Obama is considering whether to impose new restrictions on the spy agency's activities.
SPORTS
July 26, 1986
What's a young athlete to do? On one hand, they are deluged with newspaper accounts of the tragic drug-related deaths of Len Bias and Don Rogers, while on the other hand, the same paper makes light of the fact that William Perry can consume a case of beer in an hour (Morning Briefing, July 20). Contradictions such as this must be very confusing indeed to the young athletes of today. BILL TAPP El Cajon
NEWS
July 25, 1997 | JUDY PASTERNAK and TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even in death, Andrew Cunanan eluded police. When the 27-year-old fugitive took his life in a houseboat moored at Miami Beach, he took with him the best chance that a cross-country string of murders will ever be explained. The suicide, foiling the quest for answers, was a fitting denouement to a case that left five other dead men scattered over four states while the suspect openly taunted pursuers. The 2 1/2-month series of killings is over. But frustration lingers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1985 | ROBERT WELKOS, Times Staff Writer
He claims to be descended from the English-speaking world's oldest theatrical family, whose members appeared in the Globe Theatre when Shakespeare was alive. He claims to have been the "golden voice" of Havana radio until he fled the Cuban revolution with actor George Raft. He claims that as a child radio star he was invited by President Harry S. Truman to attend the 1949 inauguration. He says he once was secretly married to film actress June Allyson; her manager denies it.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2013 | By Andrew Hill
Los Angeles-area author Matthew E. May has hit upon an attractive theme in his recent book, "The Law of Subtraction: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything" published by McGraw-Hill. Who does not yearn for a guide to simplifying, synthesizing and subtracting some of the clutter, overload and demands of the "Age of Excess Everything"? He has also cleverly subtracted from his own workload by inviting others, mostly authors and consultants like him, to contribute about a third of the material for his six laws for doing more with less in the form of summaries of their views.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2012 | By Susan Josephs, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At first, Dayna Hanson says, she felt "a little intimidated" when she decided to create a "multimedia extravaganza" about the American Revolution. As an artist, she says, "I don't often undertake such sweeping topics, and I didn't feel like I had a ton of knowledge about this part of history. " Best known for co-founding the Seattle-based dance-theater company 33 Fainting Spells, Hanson wound up embarking on a rigorous research-based quest to expose the contradictions she observed between America's founding principles and current political and economic realities.
MAGAZINE
March 22, 1992
When I took elementary logic in college, a friend and I talked about inventing a system of thought based on contradictions. Unfortunately, we abandoned the project within minutes because it was unfeasible and silly. The example set by Paglia shows that we should have persevered. SUSAN FORTHMAN Northridge
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Challenging the heart of the prosecution's case, a forensic pathologist told jurors Wednesday that heavy meth use - and not a severe police beating in the streets of Fullerton - killed a homeless man who was a familiar face in the college city's downtown. Dr. Steven Karch, the final witness for two former city police officers charged with killing Kelly Thomas, said the homeless man suffered from methamphetamine cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart caused by drug abuse. "He could have died sitting in a closet by himself," Karch said.
SPORTS
September 28, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Umpiring crew chief Ted Barrett said that every baseball used in Friday night's Angels-Rangers game was rubbed with mud, contradicting claims by Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson that “three out of four balls were basically brand new.” Wilson said his inability to grip the slick baseballs contributed to a shaky outing in which he walked four in six innings and threw three wild pitches and hit two batters in the third inning of...
WORLD
September 8, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - - The planned military strikes on Syria would be “targeted, limited” and wouldn't seek to topple the government of President Bashar Assad or even force it to peace talks. They would also be punishing and “consequential” and would so scare Assad that he would never use chemical weapons again. U.S. airstrikes would change the momentum on the battlefield of the Syrian civil war. But the war will grind on, unchanged, perhaps for years. As administration officials lay out their case in favor of a punitive attack on Syria, they have been making all of these seemingly contradictory contentions, confusing supporters and providing rhetorical weapons to their opponents.
NATIONAL
August 19, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - The Interior Department has warned that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could have long-term, damaging effects on wildlife near its route, contradicting the State Department's March draft environmental assessment, which concluded the project would have only a temporary, indirect impact. In a 12-page letter sent as part of the public comment on the draft assessment, the Interior Department repeatedly labels as inaccurate its sister agency's conclusions that Keystone XL would have short-lived effects on wildlife and only during the project's construction.
SCIENCE
August 6, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Feared and despised by California's $43.5-billion agricultural industry, the Mediterranean fruit fly is seen as a potentially devastating foreign invader who routinely hitchhikes across the border in smuggled fruit. But a new study argues that the infamous Medfly has established permanent residence in the Golden State - even after decades of diligent spraying, trapping and biological attacks by state officials, who say they have eradicated the pest. "The invasion is complete and it's irreversible," said study coauthor James Carey, an entomologist at UC Davis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
An assertion by his attorney that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner did not receive sexual harassment training because a city trainer canceled the session was contradicted Thursday by a former staffer for Filner and by former Mayor Jerry Sanders. Jay Goldstone, who served as the interim chief operating officer from December to March, said it was Filner's office, not a city trainer, that canceled a briefing session about the city's sexual harassment rules and training. Goldstone had worked for Sanders and agreed to remain for several months to provide continuity.
NEWS
March 24, 1987
"Twilight Zone" helicopter pilot Dorcey Wingo testified Monday that he suffered post-trauma stress and memory gaps following the gruesome film set accident that left three actors dead. Consequently, Wingo told Los Angeles Superior Court jurors, he was unable to recall several preflight production meetings with film crew members and other key details when twice interviewed by federal investigators shortly after the 1982 tragedy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2009 | Mark Swed, Music Critic
Contradiction, Simone Weil wrote, when experienced to the depths of our being, tears us heart and soul. "It is our cross." And this 20th century French philosopher, social activist and mystic, this insufferable saint who chose death over life, created a freakishly brilliant morality out of her own agonizing contradictions. Those contradictions are the center of Kaija Saariaho's shocking "La Passion de Simone," an oratorio written for soprano Dawn Upshaw, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and given its West Coast premiere by the orchestra in a staging by Peter Sellars at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday evening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Brimming with emotion when she first took the witness stand last week, Michael Jackson's mother came across Monday as a contentious, forgetful 83-year-old who contradicted herself while trying to defend her son. Katherine Jackson, who along with the singer's three children is suing concert promoter AEG Live for the superstar's wrongful death, said she was unfamiliar with some of the more sensational details in her son's life. She said she didn't know that Michael's "Dangerous" tour had come to an early end in 1993 when Elizabeth Taylor flew to Mexico City to take the singer to a rehab hospital in London.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Two former Los Angeles police partners who were found guilty of perjury and conspiring to obstruct justice avoided jail Tuesday when they were sentenced to community labor and probation, capping the first conviction of LAPD officers accused of falsely testifying during a trial in more than a decade. Describing his sentencing decision as among the most difficult a judge could face, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor called the officers' conduct "regrettably shameful" but said he also took into account the careers and lives they had led. He ordered that Evan Samuel, 41, perform 750 hours of service on graffiti removal or some other intensive labor and that Richard Amio, 34, complete 500 hours doing the same type of work.
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