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April 15, 2010
In time to correspond with the L.A. Opera's presentation of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle, this LACMA exhibition "Myths, Legends and Cultural Renewal: Wagner's Sources" will explore the Germanic myths, folk tales and legends that inspired Wagner, Goethe, the Brothers Grimm and other Germanic artists. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. $12. Noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; Noon to 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (323) 857-6000;
June 16, 2013 | By Barbara Davidson
Photojournalist Alex Webb, associated with Magnum Photos, has contributed to such magazines as GEO, Time and the New York Times Magazine over several decades. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Rebecca Norris Webb, also a photographer. How and when did the idea for "The Suffering of Light" - a 30-year retrospective - come about? What inspired the title? The creation began some years ago as a series of discussions with two different museum curators about putting together a midcareer survey exhibition and book of my work.
January 2, 2014 | By Alice Short
Minna Bernays may not be a household name, but her brother-in-law -- Sigmund Freud -- is. Bernays, who was rumored to have had an affair with the psychoanalyst at the end of the 19th century, is the main character of  Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman's 2013 historical novel “Freud's Mistress.” Novelists can't seem to leave Freud and his entourage alone. D.M. Thomas had him on the brain in “The White Hotel” and “Lying Together”; Freud also inspired Thomas' “Eating Pavlova” and Goce Smilevski's “Freud's Sister”; and his wife, Martha, takes center stage in Nicolle Rosen's “Mrs.
November 15, 2009 | Susan Salter Reynolds
The Case for Books Past, Present, and Future Robert Darnton PublicAffairs: 210 pp., $23.95 It's all a bad dream. You wake up in a strange world with no books, no paper, only screens. The monitors, like the fabled red shoes, cannot be turned off. Book historian Robert Darnton to the rescue: Blam! Take that, Google, you blood-sucking monopoly! You fiend! Kerpow! Down go librarians who hope to save space by throwing away newspapers and even books, relying on not-so-reliable microfilm.
October 17, 2005 | Peter Filkins, Special to The Times
WORKS that change how literature is written are few and far between. Georg Buchner's novel "Lenz," published posthumously in 1839, is one of them. Though Buchner died, unknown, of typhus at 24 in 1837, the Modernist emphasis on interiority he established runs straight through to Dostoevsky, Kafka, Hemingway, Camus, Beckett, W.G. Sebald and Elfriede Jelinek. Without Buchner, fiction as we know it would be unthinkable. Works that change how literature is written should also change the way we read.
November 3, 1991 | Dick Roraback, Roraback is a member of the Book Review staff.
Ward Just doesn't make it easy for himself. He has chosen as his protagonist a translator, the antithesis of action, of imagination. Further, he makes the translator German, with all the baggage that implies. Lest we miss the point, Just saddles him with "a square head and broad shoulders," "deliberate movements," "a severe face without dance." Finally, Just takes the boy out of Germany, but . . .
March 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A leading German newspaper has reported that revered German literary hero Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was secretly exhumed about 30 years ago. The macabre revelation came as Germany prepares to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth on Aug. 28. Scientists in the former East Germany removed Goethe's remains from his tomb in 1970 to preserve the skeleton. They enclosed it in foam before returning it to the tomb.
December 20, 2010 | By Britney Barnes, Los Angeles Times
Mike Costello sells ice. Nothing but ice. Crushed ice, cubed ice, dry ice. Ice in small bags and big bags and solid, 300-pound hunks. He sells blocks of ice for sliding down hills and ice luges for parties. It's a slow time for business right now, summer being the hottest season for the frozen stuff, of course. But even Halloween and the Fourth of July ? days that would traditionally put the business into the black ? aren't what they used to be, Costello says. "The ice business used to be a good business, but not anymore," he said.
The Goethe Institute and the Silent Society's fascinating "Before Weimar" series continues Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Studio Museum, 2100 N. Highland Ave. Of the three 40-minute dramas being screened--on amazingly sharp, tinted prints--the standout is Hans Mierendorff's "The Devil's Church" (1919), a bold, handsome variation on the Faust theme in which a voluptuous peasant woman (Agnes Straub) sells herself to the devil in return for bearing a child.
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