February 28, 2000 |
"Tuscany changes you because the people there are so warm," author Frances Mayes was saying in her gentle Georgia accent. "They have this resonance of warmth and, like Southerners, a sense of hospitality so that a guest is not just sitting in a chair at someone's table, but is in a place of honor." Mayes, a San Franciscan who wrote the 1996 bestseller "Under the Tuscan Sun," was in L.A.
October 10, 2002 |
SWAN A Novel By Frances Mayes Broadway Books 324 pages, $25 From the land of happily-ever-after comes "Swan," the first novel from Frances Mayes, travel writer and unofficial poet laureate for all things under the Tuscan sun. Named for a near-perfect Georgia town--that is not all too dissimilar from those villages Mayes has described in her memoirs of Italy--"Swan" opens on the steamy days of summer, the hot "wavy air," "the throbbing of the cicadas" and the moon angling through the pines.
May 9, 1999 |
SNOW MAN; By Carolyn Chute; (Harcourt Brace: 244 pp., $23) Who'se afraid of Carolyn Chute? I am! I am! Someday I will read her novel, "The Beans of Egypt Maine," but I just don't feel strong enough yet. Chute is known as a son-of-a-bitch writer, a describer of cold climates and colder hearts, a looker in the faces of poverty, incest, anger and unfairness.
October 28, 1986 |
France may release 5,000 to 8,000 inmates in the coming months to ease prison overcrowding, the Justice Ministry announced Monday. The ministry said such a "mass liberation" could not be avoided while the conservative government implements its plans to build new prisons. However, the ministry said there is no specific program for early releases.
January 9, 2005
In answer to Susan Spano's question in "Life Launched, Lessons Learned" [Dec. 26]: "I wondered how France could ever fail to stand behind the U.S. in such matters as the war in Iraq": Well, moral outrage, perhaps, on the part of the French at the palpable wrongness of our preemptive strike at a nation that was not an imminent threat to the U.S.? Some revulsion regarding our thoughtless rush to war on the part of a nation that knew firsthand the horror of invasion by an occupying force?
June 14, 1996 |
The cows may be mad, but the French are furious: They may have unknowingly imported vast amounts of animal feed banned in Britain for fear it might carry mad cow disease. The science magazine Nature, citing British government statistics, reported Thursday that Britain sold France thousands of tons of potentially contaminated feed from 1989 to 1991 that it could not sell at home. France reacted angrily to the British weekly's report.