October 4, 1991 |
Longtime KABC-AM (790) host Bob Arthur, who last year announced his retirement and left the station's popular morning "Ken and Bob Company" amid much fanfare, now says that he was forced out by management because of his age and that his friend and on-air partner of 17 years, Ken Minyard, "orchestrated it." Arthur departed in September, 1990, after 23 years with KABC, and was replaced by Roger Barkley in October. The show's name was changed to the "The Ken and Barkley Company." "Retirement, hell!
December 6, 2009 |
This year presented a challenge in picking the best of crime fiction, as perennial favorites and talented newcomers delivered a plethora of well-seasoned goods. But prolonged teeth-gnashing has produced the list of those I consider to be the most notable mystery and thriller reads. George Dawes Green makes a triumphant return to the genre after a 14-year absence with "Ravens" (Grand Central: 336 pp., $24.99). Terror is to be expected when desperate out-of-towners hatch a plan to bilk half the lottery winnings of a rural Georgia family, but Green, already a master of psychological twists, mixes in sly social commentary on religion and the downward economic spiral.
March 4, 2001 |
More than three years have passed since Kasi Lemmons made her feature directing debut with "Eve's Bayou," not exactly a typical entree into the world of movie-making. With an all-black cast headlined by Samuel L. Jackson (who also co-produced) and a challenging story line infused with magical realism and hallucinatory imagery, "Eve's Bayou" was 1997's most commercially successful independent film.
July 13, 2009 |
George Dawes Green has made an irregular habit of analyzing how extreme circumstances affect the most ordinary of people. His deserved Edgar-winning debut, "The Caveman's Valentine" (1994), traveled down mystery fiction's trope-filled streets with a paranoid schizophrenic as tour guide.
February 20, 1994 |
Mental illness is tricky. I have a manic-depressive friend who, while in a manic phase, passionately dug up two rows of shrubbery outside her apartment complex. The idea was to plant a community-based vegetable garden. "People should have a deeper investment in their surroundings," she explained to the irate landlord. "We can all share real-life vegetables." The landlord, however, didn't want real-life vegetables.
January 26, 1997 |
On line 11 is Michelle, a 25-year-old former Catholic school girl who once aspired to be a lawyer but became a prostitute with a drinking problem after her stepfather raped her. She has trouble trusting men, she tells the late-night television talk show host. * Dr. David Viscott listens to her with the gentleness of a kindly uncle, probing her pain delicately.