March 6, 1994 |
I am a book catalogue addict. It started more than 20 years ago, back in high school, when I saw an inviting ad in the newspaper for the Quality Paperback Book Club: "Three books, three bucks." I was hooked. Now I find shopping for books by mail more enjoyable and more convenient than wandering the aisles of chain bookstores, which have become increasingly uniform in the titles and selections they offer, not to mention the annoying fact that many are now installing expresso bars.
June 13, 1993 |
The best thing about this innovative novel is the deceptively simple idea behind it: to radically compress James Joyce's polymathic and daunting tome, "Ulysses," and extract from its weighty allusiveness a bare-bones narrative of Leopold Bloom, Joyce's central character and modern Everyman. Like Alexander's decisive hacking of the Gordian knot, Peter Costello has lopped off those arcane appendages that have challenged readers of "Ulysses" since its publication in 1922.
December 8, 2002 |
Donna Tartt is a small, tightly wrapped package. Her arms are folded over a black, double-breasted jacket buttoned to the neck; her legs are crossed in a long black skirt, revealing a bit of black hose that quickly disappears into a medium heeled black shoe. Her dark hair is equally severe, bobbed to frame her face, which she frequently turns away even while talking to you. Her skin shows no sign of having seen sun; her eyes are green and ethereal, like light through a stained glass window.
August 4, 2000 |
It's called "Space Cowboys," but it ought to be "Space Codgers." The story of a quartet of "Leisure World aviators" who want to prove they won't be old and in the way in outer space, this is a mostly genial film that gets as much mileage as it can out of the undeniable charisma of its stars. Like many charmers, it involves us against our better judgment, but only for a while.
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February 25, 2003 |
Quentin Anderson, 90, a literary critic and cultural historian who taught at Columbia University from 1939 until 1981, died Feb. 18 in his New York City home of unspecified causes. Born in Minnewaukan, N.D., the son of playwright and author Maxwell Anderson, he worked briefly in theater before earning bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Columbia and a master's from Harvard.
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November 26, 2004 |
Martin E. Malia, a leading expert on the Soviet Union who predicted the dissolution of communism in that country, has died. He was 80. Malia, who taught at UC Berkeley for more than three decades, died Nov. 19 at a convalescent hospital in Oakland. He had been in failing health battling pneumonia and a series of infections.
May 20, 2012 |
Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama Alison Bechdel Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 290 pp., $22 First things first: If you haven't read "Fun Home," Alison Bechdel's 2006 family memoir in comic form, drop everything and get a copy right away. In its pages, Bechdel does the miraculous: tracing deftly and with nuance her complex, claustrophobic relationship with her father, an English teacher and closeted gay man who died in 1980 (in what was either accident or suicide), shortly after Bechdel came out as a lesbian.
July 29, 1992 |
Monday's imaginatively varied program in the Ford Amphitheatre by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic began with trombonist Ralph Sauer's artful transcriptions for brass quintet of three excerpts from Bach's "Art of the Fugue," played by Sauer and four of his Philharmonic colleagues. If the cautious performances failed to generate much heat they did reinforce the notion that wind music is well suited to the Ford acoustic and that its presentation there should be encouraged.
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January 2, 1998
Traditional elementary school art classes involved crayons, construction paper, glue and gloppy paint. Teachers called it "fuzzy bunnies," and that's what state legislators had in their gun sights when fiscal crisis hit in the early 1980s: They virtually eliminated arts education. In recent years, though, innovative arts programs have proven to be effective tools for teaching students the thinking skills essential to success in any academic discipline.
June 7, 2006 |
A former New York University student pleaded guilty to bank and wire fraud Tuesday, admitting that he used his student ID and expertly forged documents to pose as the heir of a billionaire Turkish family and trick investors into pouring millions into a nonexistent hedge fund. Prosecutors spent hours Tuesday describing how Hakan Yalincak, 22, charmed his way into the exclusive world of Greenwich, Conn.