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October 11, 2008 | Martin Rubin, Special to The Times
A CENTURY ago, Katherine Mansfield was beginning a distinguished literary career that would lead to her becoming New Zealand's best-known literary figure. By the time she died in her mid-30s in 1923, her stories had captured her nation's life in luminous, evocative prose. But Mansfield wrote these stories in Europe, for she had left her native land as a young woman, eager to escape what she saw as a parochial backwater.
April 13, 2008 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
Michelangelo L. Mangano, a respected particle physicist who helped discover the top quark in 1995, now spends most days trying to convince people that his new machine won't destroy the world. "If it were just crackpots, we could wave them away," the physicist said in an interview at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym, CERN. "But some are real physicists."
March 9, 2008 | Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author, most recently, of "The Associates." He also writes the monthly Paperback Writers column at
IN May 1873, when Britannia ruled the waves and much else besides, the British Foreign Office issued orders "to take steps to obtain a supply of the seed of the Hevea," the Hevea brasiliensis being the form of rubber tree that, it was thought, could most easily be propagated. The idea was that the seeds would be taken from the depths of the Amazon rain forest, their point of origin, and sent first to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, "to be raised there with a view of sending the young plants to India."
August 3, 2007 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
A derelict room is all that separates the characters from apocalyptic chaos in "It's the End of the World as We Know It," a double bill of one-acts by British playwright Edward Bond, now receiving its American premiere at the Empire Theater in Santa Ana. The plays, produced by Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, examine the possibility of selfless goodness in a world teetering on the brink of disaster.
March 25, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
IN one, a thick layer of ash covers everything as a nameless man and his son push their cart through a shattered land of absolute silence and darkness without end. In another, the world inexplicably floods, sending a watertight hospital full of sleep-deprived doctors and their young patients bobbing on the waves like a new Noah's Ark.
February 17, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
For nearly 2,000 years, each succeeding generation of Christians has tried to puzzle out whether the Book of Revelation's spooky riddles and symbols has meant its own time was the end of time. Over the last six decades alone, the beast with seven heads and 10 horns rising out of the sea at the start of Chapter 13 has been variously pegged as Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse-tung and Saddam Hussein, or the nations they represented.
February 10, 2007 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
The apostle of the Apocalypse is back on the airwaves. A year after his biblical prophecy show experienced its own doomsday on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, controversial and bestselling author Hal Lindsey has returned to the TBN fold. Lindsey's second coming ends a feud with network officials over his on-air criticisms of Islam.
January 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The keepers of the "Doomsday Clock" plan to move its hands forward Wednesday to reflect what they call worsening nuclear and climate threats to the world. The symbolic clock, created in 1947 and maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, currently is set at seven minutes to midnight, with midnight marking global catastrophe.
September 15, 2006 | Stephen O'Shea, Special to The Times
IF, as critic Northrop Frye said two decades ago, the Bible beats at the heart of our Western creative imagination, then the good book's closing pages could be described as the vein throbbing in our forehead. The Book of Revelation, a lurid 12,000-word finale to the New Testament filled with riddle-strewn allegory and end-of-time massacre, transforms the gentle Nazarene of the Gospels into an unrecognizable warrior-king. Who wrote the text? From what fevered tradition did it spring?
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