March 21, 2008 |
THIS week, the British artist and writer Sebastian Horsley flew from London to Newark, N.J., to begin a book tour. In his mind, he would be an Englishman touring the Americas just as Oscar Wilde did in 1881, when he told an American customs official, "I have nothing to declare but my genius." Horsley, whose memoir, "Dandy in the Underworld," was just published in the U.S., didn't even get that quip out. The customs officials at Newark International Airport took one look at the author, who was wearing a three-piece suit and a top hat, questioned him, considered the book he was here to promote (kindly reviewed in the New York Times and Village Voice, among others)
February 23, 1997
As a student at Van Ness Elementary School in the mid 1920s, my father and all his classmates were taught a little song to sing to their parents to encourage them to vote for a school bond similar to the one now facing voters in the upcoming April 8 election that will upgrade and modernize deteriorating classrooms in Los Angeles. He called me from his home in Palm Springs and suggested that Mayor Richard Riordan, state Sen. Tom Hayden and the school board teach the same song to students today to motivate their parents to support Proposition BB (Feb.
July 29, 2004
Where was the music part of Geoff Boucher's "Ronstadt's Message Is Well-Received" (July 22)? Linda wowed the audience that night with not just her bravery as a private citizen, but she also sang beautifully -- standards, new songs, Jimmy Webb songs, her hits. Boucher made it sound like everything (to quote a standard song) was just "fine and dandy." It certainly was not. I have been to hundreds and hundreds of concerts over the years, and I have never felt such tension in an auditorium before.
HOME & GARDEN
January 27, 2005
I grew up in a former walnut orchard in North Hollywood, so I am familiar with Emily Green's plight ["Eden at the Garden Center, $19.99 a Tree," Jan. 20], especially trying to grow anything in the shadow of walnut trees. Some suggestions: The pluot, a plum-apricot cross, is the sweetest piece of fruit I have grown. 'Dapple Dandy' is my favorite, but the 'Flavor Grenade' pluot is a close second. For a list of good fruit trees to plant in Southern California, go to dave wilson.com/homegrown/all_tom/tom_picks05.
July 13, 2013 |
With summer in full swing, the beach is beckoning, the hammock is hovering and the lawn chair looks like the long-lost lap of luxury. If downtime means picking up a good book, we've compiled a list of some recent fashion-focused books and breezy reads to help you kick back in style. "A Grand Complication: The Race to Build the World's Most Legendary Watch," by Stacy Perman (Atria Books, February 2013, $26) To the hardcore horological enthusiast, a 352-page book about an early 20th century competition between wealthy watch collectors already sounds like a scintillating read.
December 9, 2000
J.A. Adande wrote a lovely piece on Vin Scully, Chick Hearn and Bob Miller ["Three Kings", Dec. 5]. There's a forgotten broadcaster in this town who's also worthy of the Hall of Fame: Ralph Lawler, now in his 22nd year as the voice of the Clippers. Nobody has suffered more heartbreaking losses, yet nobody calls a more exciting game. Lawler begins each game believing it will be "a dandy," and when that do-or-die three-pointer goes in to the sound of Lawler's "Bingooooo!" you hear the optimism that is the heart and soul of the franchise.