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June 14, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
"Being a writer and a Texan," Larry McMurtry wrote in the late 1960s, "is an amusing fate. " What he was addressing was the shift, in the years after World War II, "from the land to the cities" and what he saw as "the dying of … the rural, pastoral way of life. " How was one to write about a place where the old myths (the cowboy, the ranch, the open plain) lingered, even as they were superseded by the new? The solution, McMurtry decided, was to zero in on this new Texas, to write about, and from, the cities, to leave the past in its place.
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NEWS
November 19, 2000 | From the Washington Post
A surprisingly candid new Army study concludes that captains are leaving the service in droves mainly because of a generation gap between baby boomer generals and younger junior officers. The Army has grown alarmed in recent months because so many captains are leaving that it fears it might have trouble filling leadership positions within a few years. In 1989, just as the Cold War was ending, 6.7% of Army captains left voluntarily. In 1999, that number climbed to 10.6%.
NEWS
December 1, 1995 | ROB A. CAMPBELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Have you ever played the White Elephant game? Here's how it goes: The day after Christmas, gather that coffee mug warmer you got from your grandma, the turquoise sweater your mom sent you and those country music CDs from your Uncle Joe, wrap them all up again, and get together with a few friends. Roll a pair of dice to see who gets what.
NEWS
August 15, 1994 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Twenty-five years after Woodstock, the festival's most evocative image remains a young couple photographed while huddled tenderly in a blanket. The emerging symbol of Woodstock '94 is a starker one: the Mud People. Eager to assert their individuality in an ocean of anonymous concert-goers, about 200 fans early in the weekend began frolicking in cold, gooey mud.
BUSINESS
April 20, 1998 | MARY PURPURA and PAOLO PONTONIERE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Numerous pundits have explored the contributions and shortcomings of baby boomers and even Gen-Xers. But the real movers and shakers of tomorrow, according to author Don Tapscott, are members of the Net Generation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Working with older clients is certainly nothing new to computer expert Jacob Zacuto. He was, after all, a mere 10th-grader when he launched his own Internet network consulting company. But nothing prepared Zacuto for what he found when he signed on to help create a Web site for doctors and hospitals. The brain behind this dot-com is 85 years old.
NEWS
April 28, 1993 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their names are Oblivious Child, Agnostic w/o a Cause, Will Work for Pay, and Spent the 60s on a Slip and Slide. Their favorite topics include "Home Sweet Shoebox," "The Revolting Yuppie Excess I Witnessed Today" and that perennial favorite, "Wage Slave, Slacker, or What?" For nearly a year now, they've been ragging on baby boomers and commiserating over their own putative impoverishment. They come from all over the country. Most of them have never met.
BOOKS
April 13, 1986 | Irving Stone, Stone is the author of "Depths of Glory," a biographical novel about Camille Pissarro and the French Impressionists. and
"The Book of Abraham" comes to us from France in a lucid translation, and with high praise from Le Monde and Le Matin. At first glance, it would appear that Marek Halter has set himself an impossible task: to dramatize the life story of one family over a period of 2,000 years, in a direct line of descent.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2013 | By Rich Nordwind
Every generation, it seems, has its own favorite coming-of-age movies. And though tastes change, as does the definition of "coming of age" - including everyone from preteens to young adults in their 20s - these five films are among the ones that have stood the test of time and inspired generations of filmgoers. "American Graffiti. " George Lucas' 1973 ode to cars and cruising set in a small California town in the 1960s. Its cinematic style defined a new kind of American naturalism, and its celebration of youthful aspirations - and dashed dreams - made a lasting impact.
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