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."
February 25, 2011 |
There's something inspiring for old-fashioned book lovers out there about an early scene in Deborah Harkness' novel "A Discovery of Witches" (Viking: 579 pp., $28.95). Magical creatures suddenly gather as a woman opens a legendary lost book. Never mind that most of these creatures ? vampires, daemons, witches ? are all 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 an hommage to the printed word: There's far more magic in an old book than in an iPad no matter how good the latter's backlighting is. "My fingers trembled when I loosened the small brass clasps?
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
April 29, 2011 |
I wish Diana, the Princess of Wales, were around to see the royal wedding of her son, Prince William, to Kate Middleton. Mostly because I just wish Diana were still around. Those of us who are of her generation already went through this ritual once — the early rising or late-staying-up to watch her wedding 30 years ago, the one that turned out to be a fairy tale without a happy ending. We saw the signs but, like Diana herself, tried to ignore them. We remember the way she smiled so expectantly and hopefully at Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the wedding.
April 28, 2011 |
I admit it: I love Kate Middleton. I love that she defied the usual dating advice and waited years for her prince to come around. I love that she's a commoner but still wears those outrageous feathered hats. Most of all, I love that the hats are the most remarkable thing about her. Pretty without being distractingly gorgeous, fashionable without pushing boundaries, reserved without being shy, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton doesn't have even a fraction of the tragic mystique of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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.