November 27, 1989 |
American artists have never had an easy time of it, but the case of playwright Ronald Ribman borders on the ridiculous. He remembers that when he applied to the University of Pittsburgh masters program in literature and submitted writing samples, "a teacher noted that 'Mr. Ribman has a bizarre way of looking at life that a few courses in Realism will break.' Even then (in 1954), they didn't understand me." His very un realistic play writing has since been misunderstood and acclaimed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1991
Conrad's "Iraqi and Kuwaiti body count" cartoon (June 10) says it all. When a country needs a war in which thousands of innocent people are slaughtered in order to feel good about itself, something is terribly wrong. I also noticed that when President Bush talked about crying before deciding to declare war, he related his tears only to the loss of American lives, as though American lives are inherently more valuable than any other. I don't understand why the need for gloating, and euphoric feelings of patriotism.
September 17, 2008 |
A sale of pickled sharks, butterfly paintings and other pieces by provocative British artist Damien Hirst has raised $198 million, silencing his doubters and defying the global economic gloom. Sotheby's auction house said the total for the two-day sale was a record for an auction of works by a single artist, smashing the $20-million figure set in 1993 for 88 works by Pablo Picasso. The turmoil engulfing global financial markets did nothing to dampen prices as more than 600 prospective buyers packed the London showroom for each of the three auction sessions.
May 2, 2004 |
I returned to Berkeley looking for a man with a golden calf. His name was Zakatarious, and I'd met him on the steps of Sproul Plaza in 1973. I was a reporter for the Berkeley Barb then, the venerable underground newspaper that was an icon of the country's counterculture as it morphed from the '60s rebellion into the human potential movement of the '70s and '80s. Zakatarious was a part of the story that I itched to tell.
October 24, 1998
Well, not all of us have the all-knowing clairvoyance T.J. Simers seems to possess, but I wish I did. He must be the most educated man ever to cover the NFL. He makes all of the right calls, and never errs in his decisions. Best of all, he never reports with a biased opinion. OK, that was sarcasm. CHARLES C. AHLERS, Isla Vista Re: "Carolina Caper Has Another Villain," by T.J. Simers: This is the first time I have read anything by Simers that even resembles an understanding of football and people and sports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1986
Congratulations to Matthew Burbott and Allen Klinger (Letters, Feb. 4) for the only down-to-earth views regarding the shuttle tragedy. Burbott wrote of the "romanticized perceptions"--and Klinger of how we have made of the shuttle a "golden calf." Most of the views of other writers consisted of idealistic rhetoric about dreams and pioneering, of sacrifice and heroism. I say the shuttle program is not worth the loss of a single human life. James Brunet writes, "We can say 'no' to the unknown mysteries of space, turn our backs, and announce our decline as a civilization."