March 23, 2012
These Dreams of You Steve Erickson Europa Editions: 309 pp., $16 paper
December 13, 2012 |
Documentaries don't get more one-sided than "American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness," but what a persuasive side it is. Watching this alarm-sounding, anti-corporate exposé may make more than a few viewers consider getting off the grid -- if not the planet -- as soon as humanly possible. Producer-director Patrea Patrick (she also shot, edited and narrated the film plus co-wrote it with Jack Tucker) takes America to task for allowing private banks and multinational companies, not its citizens, to control our economy, which, the movie contends, has led to "a cartelization of the world.
September 12, 2013 |
It's a question that has long fascinated and flummoxed those who study human behavior: From whence comes the impulse to dream? Are dreams generated from the brain's "top" -- the high-flying cortical structures that allow us to reason, perceive, act and remember? Or do they come from the brain's "bottom" -- the unheralded brainstem, which quietly oversees such basic bodily functions as respiration, heart rate, salivation and temperature control? At stake is what to make of the funny, sexual, scary and just plain bizarre mental scenarios that play themselves out in our heads while we sleep.
March 3, 2013 |
Where: Departs from Lincoln Heights Cypress Gold Line station When: 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and July 22 Price: $55 Info: (323) 223-2767, www.esotouric.com/fante
May 15, 2011 |
Dreams of Joy A Novel Lisa See Random House: 354 pp., $26 With each new novel, Lisa See gets better and better. Each work is more tightly woven, richer with information, its characters more memorable than the last. In her previous novel, "Shanghai Girls" (2009), See gave us an unforgettable portrait of Shanghai, of its cosmopolitan ways and elegant atmosphere that made it a cultural center of Asia, and of two sisters thriving in that world of beauty and delicacy — until history intrudes and forces them to leave it all behind for an uncertain future far away in Los Angeles.
May 26, 2009 |
Like many black professionals during the dark days of apartheid, Diale and Malmsey Rangaka dreamed of leaving the crowded township of Soweto. But, unlike their neighbors, they didn't want to move to the gated white suburbs. They wanted to be farmers. For years Diale, an English literature professor, would chatter away about cattle ranching, quoting the latest issue of Farmer's Weekly. His wife was skeptical.