October 3, 2010 |
A cold breeze blew back the petals of a wild-haired daisy, causing her to shriek with terror. "My beautiful hair!" she screamed as she watched her orange petal hair fly away. The grass shook with laughter, and the flowers giggled, but the air tasted of cold wind, and the soil was bitter. Sophie longed for a time when the ground was soft and warm under her roots and the sunlight was butterscotch sweet. She trotted down the sidewalk, trying to ignore the blades of grass that tittered as she passed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2008 |
Marie Castello, 93, a fortune teller in Asbury Park, N.J., and a figure of rock 'n' roll mythology thanks to Bruce Springsteen, died Friday, her great-granddaughter Sally Castello told the Asbury Park Press. A cause of death was not given. Known as Madame Marie, the psychic reader and advisor had told people's fortunes at the Temple of Knowledge on the Asbury Park Boardwalk since the 1930s. Castello, a native of Neptune City, N.J., became known worldwide in 1973 when Springsteen paid homage to her in the song "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
October 22, 2007 |
With Halloween coming up, it's good to remember that we can be creeped out by something other than presidential candidates and the frenzy over Iggygate. And there's perhaps nothing so uncanny as a silent puppet: a face without animation, a body in the control of an unseen hand. They're emblems of our mortality, our secret childhood sense that we're playthings of an omniscient force.
October 16, 2007 |
ERIK SANKO burst onto the theatrical scene only a year ago with the beguilingly macabre marionette show "The Fortune Teller." And despite commissions from the Kronos Quartet and director Ping Chong, the 43-year-old musician/puppet maker still doesn't seem comfortable using a word like "showstopper," let alone calling himself a director.
May 10, 2007
That Randy Lewis must be a fortune teller [Idol Banter, May 3]. Seeing his accurate predictions of Wednesday's "American Idol" castoffs appear in Thursday's Weekend section was almost amazing. Does Weekend pay Lewis for these predictions? If so, any chance the L.A. Times would print my picks for today's Hollywood Park winners in tomorrow's sports section? RANDY KELLER Redondo Beach
September 9, 2001 |
One day in March 1976, an Italian journalist named Tiziano Terzani went with a friend to see a fortuneteller in a run-down district of Hong Kong. Up a dank stairway in a narrow tenement, an elderly Chinese man with a shaved head and a sleeveless vest measured Terzani's forearm with a string, felt his forehead and considered the date and time of his birth. Terzani, with little belief in such things, expected to be told some vague claptrap about when he would get rich, the obsession in Hong Kong.