July 13, 2010 |
Here's a phrase you don't often hear in regard to Harvey Pekar: role model. And yet, it seems an apt description of the iconoclastic comics genius, who was found dead early Monday at age 70 in his Cleveland Heights, Ohio, home. Think about it — a longtime VA hospital file clerk with no ability to draw, Pekar essentially reinvented himself, in his 30s, as the creator of "American Splendor," perhaps the greatest of all the underground comics. It is difficult to imagine the subsequent history of the form without its influence.
May 6, 1998
Unable to sleep, I arose at 4 a.m. and decided to make the Los Angeles City Schools Old-Fashioned Crumb Cake (Culinary SOS, April 29). As the delicious cinnamon smell began wafting through the house, I was remembering several other LAUSD cafeteria food items that I dearly loved as a kid. I pity the children of today who only have prepackaged and/or fast-food franchises to remember for their school lunches. My favorites were the oatmeal coconut cookies (5 cents each), Spring Garden (a main dish with ground beef, tomatoes and green beans)
March 29, 1998
I loved seeing the sign from the old Helms Bakery pictured in the Jan. 25 issue ("Flour Power," by Jim Heimann, So SoCal). In the early 1960s, when I was 4 and 5 years old, I would run out of the house to meet the Helms Bakery truck as it came down our street. It was full of fresh baked goods, and to this day, the best doughnut I ever had was the crumb doughnut from Helms. If anyone ever duplicates it, I'd certainly like to know about it. Pam Lauer Newport Beach
July 3, 2002 |
DEAR SOS: I have a peach tree with at least 100 peaches on it! Do you have any great peach recipes? ELLEN HUTKIN Tarzana DEAR ELLEN: It's hard to improve upon a ripe peach right off the tree. But here is Joan Ruggles' pie from 1998. Send requests to Culinary SOS, Food Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or e-mail to: cindy.dorn@latimes .com. Please include your last name and city of residence for publication. Summertime Peach Pie With Crumb Top Active Work Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 1/2 hours CRUST 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick)
March 1, 1998 |
As shocking yet haunting as a Diane Arbus photograph, disturbing because it is so unmistakably human, "Crumb" makes it difficult to look away. Though Terry Zwigoff's 1995 documentary begins as an examination of the art and career of the celebrated cartoonist R. (for Robert) Crumb, it is considerably more than that.
May 12, 1985
I offer "Yumneys" as the latest catchword of the '80s (young, upwardly mobile, neo-expressionists). P. TIERNEY Torrance