December 21, 2012 |
When I was a child, I knew real darkness. At my family's cabin on a Minnesota lake, I knew woods so dark that my hands disappeared before my eyes. I knew night skies in which meteors left smoky trails across sugary spreads of stars. But now, when 8 of 10 children born in the United States will never know a sky dark enough for the Milky Way, I worry we are rapidly losing night's natural darkness before realizing its worth. This winter solstice, as we cheer the days' gradual movement back toward light, let us also remember the irreplaceable value of darkness.
September 4, 2013 |
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.
October 7, 2010
'The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town' Where: HBO When: 9 p.m. Thursday Rating: Not rated
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January 4, 2011 |
Even in the wilderness where the mountains meet the desert, city lights are ever encroaching. A bright lamp from a far-off parking lot began marring the night sky in a rural corner of the high desert in the Antelope Valley about three years ago. The glow went all the way to the home of Wayne Argo from about five miles away. Argo had long exulted in how dark it got at his ranch-style home, separated from downtown Los Angeles by 35 miles and the San Gabriel Mountains. "I can see millions more stars than people that live in the city," said Argo, who lives 20 miles southeast of Palmdale.
February 16, 2012
MUSIC Do you still believe in a thing called love? The Darkness does. After the codpiece-rock throwback last album "One Way Ticket to Hell ... and Back" flopped, they've returned re-energized with a new round of '70s- and '80s-indebted riffage in preparation for a third record. House of Blues, 8430 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Sun. hob.com.
February 18, 1990
"Dream Homes in Bungalow Heaven" (Feb. 4) by Laurie Schenden, was an apt title for the fantasy depicted in the story. Not only are these "homes" tiny, dark and decrepit-looking, but the entire district is indistinguishable from some of the most blasted areas in South-Central L.A. The incredible thing is not why anyone would want to live there, but why they would spend the $300,000 (not the slightly over $200,000 mentioned in the article),...