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February 12, 1986
The only real solution to the problem that Father Wood speaks of is to teach and practice the unification of spiritual and sexual energy--something that is outside the orthodoxy of most religions, including Christianity. There is no solution in setting up a legal structure to enforce the censorship of pornography. If the legal approach centers on the question of the value of the alleged pornographic material, then who has the right to decide on whether value is present--or whether enough value is present?
December 22, 2005 |
"The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" spends a lot of time on shelves and nightstands waiting to be read: It's considered not only a good tale but also a key to the American character. John Rhodehamel, a curator of historical manuscripts at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens -- where the original handwritten edition, partly unbound, recently went on display -- says it's also been misunderstood. "It's been taken by many as a how-to-guide to get rich," he says.
August 12, 2013 |
At the prestigious Ransom Center, between the works of Don Delillo and Ezra Pound, you'll soon be able to find "Conan the Barbarian" by pulp author Robert E. Howard. Best known for the noble barbarian brought to life on screen by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Howard was a prolific fantasy writer in the early part of the 20th century. He published more than 100 stories in magazines before his death at age 30 in 1936. Howard was 18 when he published his first story, "Spear and Fang," in the magazine Weird Tales.
June 2, 1985 |
The publication of this volume of Anais Nin's remarkable diary marks the final link in the journal that she kept from 1914 to 1974. Besides the inclusion of photographs--Anais in dancing costume, the young Anais and her husband, other family members and friends--devoted fans will be rewarded with intimate details of the young woman's marriage as well as commentary on her own developing maturity and intellect.
August 23, 2008 |
LONDON -- Novelist Rosalind Belben and first-time biographer Rosemary Hill have won Britain's oldest literary award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prizes, the University of Edinburgh said Friday. Belben won the fiction prize for "Our Horses in Egypt," which tells the story of a young war widow who travels to the Middle East to retrieve her mare in the aftermath of World War I -- and follows the horse itself as it struggles to survive conflict and privation. Hill took the best biography award for her first book: "God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain," a study of Augustus Pugin, one of Victorian Britain's leading architects.
September 25, 2000 |
"Australia's like an open door with the blue beyond," wrote D.H. Lawrence. "You just walk out of the world and into Australia." And what better way to show you that world than great books? * "Patrick White: A Life," by David Marr. Letters, interviews and narrative, of White, the complicated novelist who in 1973 became the only Australian to win the Nobel Prize in literature. * "The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature," edited by William H. Wilde.
December 6, 2009 |
In January, Fidel Castro takes over Cuba. In February, Texas Instruments seeks a patent for the integrated circuit, a.k.a. the microchip. Alaska and Hawaii gain statehood this year. The U.S. and Russia rush their space programs forward. G.D. Searle seeks approval for use of Enovid as a contraceptive -- "the pill." The first Barbie doll is unveiled at a New York toy show. "The Sound of Music" opens on Broadway. New film releases "Ben-Hur," "Some Like It Hot" and "North by Northwest" do boffo box office.
December 7, 2011 |
In a poem titled “Forte de Marmi,” D.H. Lawrence wrote, “The evening sulks along the shore, "The reddening sun reddens still more "On the blatant bodies of these all-but-naked sea-bathing city people.” This is the Forte dei Marmi of summer, a Tuscan coast resort. But the photo above, submitted by reader Suzanne Levonian of El Cajon, speaks of an entirely different experience, when the sun-seeking tourists have gone home and the population settles back to about 8,000.
May 18, 1989 |
. . . There was a faint vast rainbow . . . its pedestals luminous in the corruption of new houses on the low hill, its arch the top of heaven. --D. H. Lawrence, "The Rainbow" The rainbow that arches away from the muddy, mundane colliery town toward the vaults of heaven at the end of D. H. Lawrence's great 1915 novel is, for his heroine Ursula Brangwen, a symbol of the exaltation that drives her on, makes her dissatisfied with town, family, friends and lovers. But for Ken Russell, in his movie of "The Rainbow" (opening Friday at the Royal)