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March 10, 1990
Mike Downey's requiem for Hank Gathers was the most moving and eloquent piece of writing I have seen in years. Well done. ROBERT W. ULLMAN, Irvine
March 6, 2014 | By Philip Brandes
“Every great artist has freed himself from something - his family, his nation, his race,” warns the worldly mentor to an aspiring painter in Chaim Potok's semi-autobiographical novel, “My Name Is Asher Lev.” As the Fountain Theatre's affecting L.A. premiere of Aaron Posner's three-actor stage adaptation eloquently illustrates, the greater the artist, the more painful sacrifices that separation entails. Posner's script skillfully retains the book's introspective narrative voice, philosophical insights and essential plot points, as its title character (played with convincing passion by Jason Karasev)
July 19, 1986
Jim Murray's "non-article" about RP brought tears to my eyes (corrected to 20/20 vision) and a lump to my throat. I must confess to knowing little or nothing about RP, but his eloquent article prompted me to change that situation as soon as possible. LIZ BURRELL La Habra
January 13, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When retired Methodist bishop Jack Tuell was asked how he changed his mind on issues of gay ordination and gay marriage, he explained it simply: "I changed my mind when I changed my heart. " But the answer was more complicated. Tuell, 90, a prominent clergyman who emerged late in life as an eloquent voice for change in his church's views of homosexuality, died Friday at the Wesley Homes Health Center in Des Moines, Wash. He had been in failing health for several years, his daughter Cynthia Tuell said.
December 15, 1985
As a woman educated in the Los Angeles parochial-school system, I've occasionally felt at odds with the traditional teachings of the Church and the reality of living in today's society. After reading the eloquent responses of Archbishop Mahony I can only say, "Welcome to L.A., Archbishop. Your insightful leadership is a true inspiration." Joanne C. Curran Seal Beach
April 5, 2001
With great sadness I read Agustin Gurza's last column on Tuesday. In a city with such deep Latino roots, his eloquent riffs on our indigenous culture will be sorely missed. I found his columns educational and enlightening, a much-needed window into styles and attitudes that helped everyone in this polyglot region understand each other better. Que te vaya bien, Agustin. And thanks. JACKI HORWITZ Pacific Palisades
June 25, 1988
Almost forgotten in the bedlam and squirting champagne surrounding the Laker victory was a little guy with a big heart who, a day before, won the U.S. Open golf championship after 90 grueling holes. Curtis Strange's victory exemplifies the best in American sportsmanship. His tears after the finish were eloquent testimony to the true meaning of golf. Somewhere, Bobby Jones is smiling. BILL RETCHIN La Quinta
September 28, 1985
In reference to Jim Murray's well deserved salute to fight announcer Jimmy Lennon, one name should be added: Dan Tobey. Possessed of a special flair, Dan Tobey was every bit as dramatic and eloquent as any ring announcer. When Murray wrote, "on the West Coast, when you talk of historic fight announcers, you can only mean . . . (Jimmy Lennon)." I, for a least one, would beg to differ. BUD DYER Los Angeles
May 7, 1988
This country owes Larry Speakes a debt of gratitude for unveiling the Great Communicator for what he is. Rosenberg mentioned that anyone who had ever watched the President in a situation "where there were no speech writers or quote writers knows that he is incapable of a statement as eloquent as the one attributed to him by Speakes." Is there anyone out there who believes that all that "motherhood and apple pie" talk was really original? This is my first letter to the editor and I feel better already.
April 30, 2000
Instead of a law school (April 14), UC regents should establish a new medical school or greatly expand present enrollment. In practically all other areas of higher education enrollments have vastly increased, including in law, business and engineering. Not so in medicine. Despite massive public concern for health care and costs, where are proposals to increase the number of physicians? On this we hear only eloquent silence from liberals and conservatives alike. The UC medical schools acknowledge that they reject thousands of applicants only because of space limitations.
November 23, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Wanda Coleman, a provocative Los Angeles poet who wrote lyrically and often angrily about the trials of life in her native metropolis, commenting on poverty, sexuality, racial politics, crime and other urban tensions, died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long illness. She was 67. Her death was confirmed by her husband, poet Austin Straus. A native of Watts, Coleman was long regarded as the city's unofficial poet laureate, who during a four-decade career wrote 22 books, including novels and collections of short stories and essays.
August 7, 2013 | By Thomas Curwen
Like an L.A. noir, this mystery begins with a mystery. I'm standing under the midday, midsummer sun. To the west, the skyscrapers of downtown rise like the steep palisades of a nearby island. The sky is cataract blue. I've parked next to a Buddhist temple and The One-Eye Gypsy bar and am walking east across the 1st Street bridge. Some people call it a viaduct, but it's a bridge to me, built in 1928 according to the commemorative plaque. Towers, like miniature Arc de Triomphes, rise from the bridge's abutments.
June 27, 2013 | By David Pagel
June Wayne (1918-2011) is best known for starting and running the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, a world-renowned institution that has been going strong for 53 years. She is also known as an innovative printmaker, her own lithographs outstanding examples of what the medium can deliver. As a painter, Wayne is not so well known. At Louis Stern Fine Arts, an introductory survey goes a long way to change that. “June Wayne: Eloquent Visionary” displays paintings alongside prints to reveal that Wayne moved freely between the media, gleaning insights from each and enhancing our understanding of both.
March 21, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Nicholas C. Petris, who was a leading liberal voice for nearly four decades as a California state senator and assemblyman representing his hometown of Oakland and other East Bay cities, has died. He was 90. Petris, who retired in 1996 because of term limits, died Wednesday at the Oakland retirement facility where he had lived in recent years, his former chief of staff, Felice Zensius, said. The cause was old age, she said. A Greek American known for his eloquence from the floor of the state Senate, Petris championed a host of liberal causes during his career, offering legislation on behalf of the poor, the sick and the elderly.
February 5, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
The two worlds conjoined in the title of playwright-director Timothy McNeil's “Machu Picchu, Texas” are metaphorically linked by constants in human experience - in particular, the enduring propensity for senseless violence. At one point in this affecting and superbly realized new play, a cynical professor of history makes the connection explicit: the fact that some of the ancient Incan city's populace were beaten to death for no clear reason makes it “just like Texas, only with sandals and feathers.” In a present-day Houston suburb, tensions and conflicted loyalties erupt among two families and their friends in the wake of a random, unprovoked assault that's left Charlie - a gentle man beloved by all who knew him - confined to a wheelchair.
January 12, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Even a cardboard box company. In 1950, the Container Corp. of America launched an advertising campaign called "Great Ideas of Western Man. " The series, which ran for three decades, paired quotes from leaders in philosophy, science and politics with artwork from modern artists. A new exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center uses the same technique but focuses on Jewish artists and phrases. "Voices & Visions" features 18 posters inspired by quotations from Jewish authors and scholars.
February 16, 1986
Jerry Hulse's Jan. 26 article on the Camargue is one of the most sparkling, eloquent travel stories I have ever read. As a matter of fact, I read it twice. I called the French tourist bureau for additional information and she asked if I had read the previous article on Provence. She said it was even more beautiful. I called The Times and they are out of that issue, which I am sorry for. However, I do plan to go, having read the article. Also of interest, I do have Azoulay's etching of Camargue.
October 6, 1989
I am so sick of this blatant hypocrisy so routinely exhibited by the Martin Sheens, the Valerie Harpers and, now, the Casey Kasems, concerning the homeless. If those of their ilk were truly interested in solving the problem of helping the homeless, they would employ their considerable influence toward helping these people find jobs. So now, from all corners of this nation, they are assembling this unfortunate sea of humanity to march on Washington. Ronald Reagan, who is already responsible for everything from AIDS to low SAT scores will be excoriated and, of course, blamed for the plight of the homeless; Jesse Jackson will wax eloquent on this in his patented "Reaganomics" blather; Cher will sing; Mitch Snyder will babble; Dionne Warwick will sing, and the lives of these unfortunate people will not have been changed one iota by this absurd farce.
October 12, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
With his shock of silver-gray hair, his face etched by time with the lean expressiveness of a Giacometti sculpture and his soulful eyes registering every fleeting hurt and happiness, John Hurt bears a striking resemblance to Samuel Beckett in the distinguished British actor's magnificent rendition of "Krapp's Last Tape" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. For anyone needing a reminder that theater can be an art (and not just a scrappy entertainment), this beautifully mounted production of Beckett's play, directed by Michael Colgan of Dublin's Gate Theatre, is not to be missed.
October 4, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
This column is dedicated to the 42,473 who were at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night when the flame finally flickered out. You missed out. Yes, we couch potatoes saw you, squirming and grimacing and putting your hands over your eyes as the drama churned like boiling water. If your spine didn't tingle, then you don't have one. Sure, part of us sitting at home were envious of not being there, of not being amid the crowd in the perfectly climate-controlled Southern California night when so much mattered.
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