February 19, 2011 |
There's something inspiring ? for old-fashioned booklovers ? about an early scene in Deborah Harkness' novel "A Discovery of Witches. " Magical creatures gather as a woman opens a legendary, lost book. Never mind that most of these creatures ? vampires, daemons, witches ? are plotting to get the book out of the hands of Diana, an American professor on a research trip in England. Menace aside, the scene is almost a homage to the printed word: There's far more magic in an old book than in an iPad no matter how good its backlighting is. "My fingers trembled when I loosened the small brass clasps?
October 7, 2003
The wonderful illustration by Nancy Nimoy for the chasing deer story is based on my favorite statue, Diana of Versailles, from the Louvre. It brings back fond memories of waiting while my 10-year-old sketched it. Lou Ann Granger Valencia
December 24, 2008 |
London's National Gallery and the National Galleries of Scotland, which are campaigning to buy a $73.7-million Titian painting for the U.K. national collections, said they would announce the outcome in January. "There has been very good progress in both fundraising and the negotiation of terms for this important acquisition," the museums said in a press release Tuesday. "Our efforts to bring the campaign to a successful conclusion continue, and we will not be making any further announcements until January."
March 20, 2004
I read without sympathy "Upscale Town Confronts Cracking Streets" (March 16), about South Pasadena's financial woes, especially the condition of its streets. If the residents and officials hadn't spent so much time and money in attempting to defeat the extension of the 710 Freeway, they might not have such terrible streets, traffic congestion, etc. There is no way to get anywhere south of their city without driving through town. Diana de Noyelles Pasadena
December 23, 2009
Dear Amy: I'm a happily married woman. Last weekend I went shopping with a single girlfriend, "Diana," whose dating (mis)adventures have involved men who've turned out to be interested only in the proverbial "one thing." We were shopping and enjoyed some friendly banter with the shopkeeper. I learned Michael was a landscape designer on the side and I got his number for a project I have in mind. My friend Diana flirted mildly, and he flirted back. We said a cheerful goodbye to him and then went to a nearby restaurant/bar, where I (easily)
September 2, 1997 |
Derrick Meaden stands in front of Harrods most days dispensing service with a smile. He helps lost tourists, opens taxicab doors for shoppers and, if he's lucky, gets to usher some celebrity into Britain's biggest department store. But on Monday, the 30-year-old doorman in his pea-green uniform, white shirt and thin black tie looked like an undertaker at a wake. Solemn and almost motionless, he watched for hours as thousands of mourners filed to a book of condolences on a sidewalk table.
September 3, 1997 |
Carl Davies brought memories, a message--and painkillers--to make his mark on British history. Doreen King came with a single red rose and a poem. Linda McAdam brought two preschoolers and tears she couldn't staunch. Across Britain, along country lanes and in the palace where her body lies guarded by a single redcoat in a bearskin hat, an astonishing national lament swelled Tuesday for Diana, princess of Wales.
September 6, 1997
Text of the address by Queen Elizabeth II in a live broadcast Friday from Buckingham Palace: FULL TEXT OF THE SPEECH Since last Sunday's dreadful news we have seen, throughout Britain and around the world, an overwhelming expression of sadness at Diana's death. We have all been trying in our different ways to cope.
September 7, 1997 |
In this age of celebrity, it may be said of certain people, however horrifying the thought, that death becomes them, and that is certainly true of Diana, princess of Wales, as it was of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Had she lived, she could have doddered off into senility, tottering from one sordid affair to another, from one escapade to another, a better, more elegant version of Elizabeth Taylor--a celebrity for the ages.