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February 24, 1991
The architectural critique by Leon Whiteson, "Hammer's Modest Museum" (Jan. 13), was a welcome attribute that has been sorely missed--an evaluation of our built environment. PATRICIA L. HARRIS Van Nuys
March 17, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
An in-depth report that critiques the response of public safety agencies and airport officials to November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport will be released to the public Tuesday. The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, which sets policy for LAX, LA/Ontario International Airport and Van Nuys Airport, is scheduled to discuss the review during a special meeting that begins at noon. Earlier in the morning, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is also scheduled to address the evaluation at a news conference.
October 25, 1997
I found Mike Boehm's Fleetwood Mac's "Reunion ABCs" (Oct. 20) to be an Awfully Boring Critique Denoting an Excessively Faulty, Gross and Haughty Intellect. Jealousy Kills Love, but Music Nurtures Orphean Pleasure. Quit Reducing Songs To Ugly Visceral Wailings by Xeroxing the Yammerings of Zealots. JEFF WINTER Van Nuys
March 6, 2014 | By Sharon Mizota
With a historical survey focusing on “institutional critique” up at the Hammer Museum right now, it's only fitting some real-time critiques should happen elsewhere around town. Like Andrea Fraser and Fred Wilson, Austrian German artist Maria Anwander trains her eye on the structures that underlie the museum system. Although her exhibition at Steve Turner Contemporary comes across as a bit bloodless, it benefits from being right across the street from her prime target: LACMA. A banner hanging outside the gallery mimics official LACMA banners perfectly.
March 25, 2012 | By Morgen Witzel
Key performance indicators. Balanced score card. Customer relationship management. Dynamic resource management. Many of us know of these management tools, and some of us use them every week, even every day. But how effective are we at using them? Not very, according to business consultants and authors Jeremy Hope and Steve Player. They estimate that these tools deliver what they promise and yield real benefit to companies in only about 30% of cases. The rest of the time, they say, we are merely spinning our wheels — or going into reverse.
December 20, 1996
" 'Living Wage' Plan Cost Is Pegged at $130 Million a Year" (Dec. 12) reports on a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored critique of a 150-page study by myself and several colleagues of the proposed living wage ordinance. This is curious, since The Times has given little coverage to our study itself, nor did the reporter ask me to comment on the critique of our work. In fact, the critique is intemperate and wildly inaccurate, replete with unsubstantiated and false assertions, misrepresentations, simple errors and ad hominem slurs.
December 9, 2007
A critique in today's Los Angeles Times Magazine about the architecture of the buildings in which talent agencies are headquartered includes details from a tour of Creative Artists Agency offices given to The Times' critic by managing partner Bryan Lourd. The critique says that CAA typically makes a point of keeping itself at arm's length from the press but that after weeks of back and forth CAA agreed to provide a tour by Lourd. While the tour itself was on the record, Lourd's comments from the tour should not have been included in the critique.
February 28, 2008
Design websites: A Home article Feb. 21 on design enthusiasts who post pictures of their homes for strangers to critique misspelled the name of co-owner Jon Wolff as Wolfe.
September 4, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
The dark and twisty hit novel "Gone Girl" is taken to task by the best practitioner of dark literary arts, Mary Gaitskill, in this fall's Bookforum -- puzzlingly, about 15 months after the book's publication. Writer Mary Gaitskill is among the best practitioners of the arts of writing about women, sexuality, and the darkness that lies within the human heart, something perfected in her work, which includes "Bad Behavior" "Two Girls, Fat and Thin," and  "Don't Cry. " Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" was published in June of 2012, and fantastic word of mouth helped it become a huge bestseller.
March 24, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
"The Hunger Games," the teen action-adventure film that is opening to big numbers this weekend, is, without question, a parable of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It's also a cautionary tale about Big Government. And undeniably a Christian allegory about the importance of finding Jesus. Or maybe a call for campaign-finance reform? Like the Suzanne Collins bestseller on which it is based, the movie about a teenage girl fighting for her life in a televised death match in a dystopian post-apocalyptic country that has replaced America has a whiff of political content.
March 3, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), the former Republican vice presidential nominee, launched an attack Monday on the nation's poverty programs, provoking an election-year confrontation with the White House amid a growing focus on income inequality. Drawing on his political roots as a student of conservative anti-poverty thinkers, the House Budget Committee chairman said many aspects of the expansion of the federal safety net since President Johnson's "War on Poverty" 50 years ago were "making it worse.
January 29, 2014 | By Paul Thornton
This post has been corrected, as indicated below. Texas reproductive rights hero (and I really mean hero) Wendy Davis' children think she was a fine mother. End of discussion, right? Were that it were so, but Bristol Palin disagrees. On her blog about parenthood and faith, Palin wrote last week about the Texas gubernatorial candidate's past: "Actually, she found a man to marry her, pay her way through college, and then through Harvard Law School. The day after he paid the last bill, she left him. By the way, she left her kids too. She said, ' it's not a good time for me right now ' to be a parent.
January 24, 2014 | By Morgan Little
The New York Times Magazine for this Sunday depicts former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as a bizarre-looking planet, inspiring quite a range of reactions. The cover accompanies the story “Planet Hillary” by Amy Chozick, a look at the potential 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner. Clinton, who left her post at the State Department last year, has not confirmed that she will be revving up her second presidential campaign, though that hasn't stopped supporters from raising funds and preparing for the campaign.
December 17, 2013 | By David Horsey
Rush Limbaugh is freaked out by Pope Francis' sharp critique of capitalism and consumerism. Rush says it sounds like “pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.”  Well, let us consider the pope's words: “Vast multitudes are still living in conditions of great material and moral poverty. The collapse of the communist system in so many countries certainly removes an obstacle to facing these problems in an appropriate and realistic way, but it is not enough to bring about their solution.
November 19, 2013 | By Susan Denley
"Project Runway's" Tim Gunn is writing a monthly political fashion commentary column for Politico with journalist Ada Calhoun, critiquing pols from both sides of the aisle on on their style sense. Among their first subjects are Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joe Biden, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul. While many of them are taken to task for one failing or another, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker gets an A+ for having the confidence to take occasional fashion risks.
October 25, 2013 | By Jeff Lantos
The Los Angeles Unified School District's plan to supply every student with an iPad is, to be charitable, not going well. Before any more school districts decide to spend millions on high-tech gadgets, let me offer a few words of caution. Why me? Because I was there in 1986 when Apple computers were first lugged into elementary classrooms. This was at the Open Magnet School in West Hollywood, where I and other teachers first experimented with this new technology. After hours, we often hung out with Alan Kay, the leather-jacketed genius from Apple who would drop by to see how things were going.
May 7, 1989
How astute of Sean Mitchell ("Phantom Fever," April 30) to have checked with John Lithgow for a critique of "Phantom of the Opera." I am sure that Los Angeles music lovers were waiting with bated breath to hear the opinion of the star of "Harry and the Hendersons." As for the "politically provocative" Donald Freed, his psychobabble was equally enlightening. Shouldn't someone tell these guys that "Phantom" is a musical, and that beautiful music and skillful performances by the likes of Michael Crawford and L.A.'s own Reece Holland have always had universal appeal?
October 17, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
Here's the life cycle of a declawed cat, according to "The Paw Project": As a kitten, its toes - the top third of the fingers on a human - are amputated. Shorn of its defenses, that cat has a 1-in-3 chance of developing a behavioral issue, like biting or urinating outside its litter box (because stepping on gravel becomes painful). Because of such problems, that cat is more likely to be given up to a shelter and, finally, euthanized. As an exotic-animal veterinarian, director Jennifer Conrad witnessed mountain lions walking on their wrists or forearms after declawing made normal movement agonizing.
July 4, 2013 | From Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
After Philip Slater published "The Pursuit of Loneliness," a 1970 best-seller that delivered a blistering critique of American culture, he moved to California and adopted a lifestyle aimed at avoiding the fate of the fellow citizens he saw as so unhappy. "Pursuit" argued that despite widespread influence and prosperity Americans were overwhelmingly dissatisfied. A key reason for that, he said, was a collective obsession with the success of the individual. The book established him as a social critic and set up a future for Slater as an academic.
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