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April 13, 1996
"Can a weekly drama about a homicidal super-heel have a future in prime time?" Maybe on Fox. Certainly not on CBS ("Will Viewers Cozy Up to Naked Ambition in Sinfully Rich 'Profit'?," April 8). Most of what Howard Rosenberg said about "Profit" and its protagonist ("rip-roaring, sinus-clearing bold and wonderful . . . heroically rotten protagonist") also applied to Gary Cole's Lucas Buck and the brilliant "American Gothic," which ran on CBS for about 10 weeks (in two different time slots)
April 6, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Dee Dee Penny has a real penchant for black vintage garb, such as high-waisted glamazon shorts and sheer mesh tops, and second-skin leather jackets and mini-dresses. It's a gothic-meets-go-go-girl look that signals a readily identifiable aesthetic for Penny - and one that might work well for an indie pop band. Enter the Dum Dum Girls. Penny (born Kristin Gundred in San Leandro, Calif.) created the Girls as a solo project in 2008. Now she's the fashionable frontwoman of a five-member group, comprising drummer Sandra Vu, bassist Malia James and guitarists Jules Medeiros and Andrew Miller, on tour to promote their third studio album, "Too True," released on Sub Pop Records in January.
March 31, 2002
Let me add another heartfelt vote to novelist Alan Dean Foster's for Havergal Brian's "Gothic" symphony as an impressive choice with which to open Disney Hall (Letters, March 17). When the one CD recording of the piece was issued on the Marco Polo label, the New York Times' Living Arts section was shocked to discover that this unknown composer had created an out-and-out masterpiece. It was recommended weekly for six weeks. As someone who writes for film, TV and the musical stage, I can tell you there is more than one Hollywood film composer who has not hesitated to borrow from Brian's orchestration.
October 23, 2013 | By Katherine Tulich
This is not your great-great grandfather's Dracula. It's NBC's - and that means in this lush, re-imagined world, the mysterious count made famous in Bram Stoker's 1897 classic now has washboard abs, is posing as an American (vampire) in London, and is a complicated antihero. The new series, which premieres Friday and seems to have shed any lingering gothic inhibitions about sex, blood and gore, stars the brooding Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. "I guess it was inevitable with my looks I would be asked to play a vampire one day," Rhys Meyers says with a laugh on the phone from his North London home.
June 4, 1989 | Reviewed by Alexander Stille, Stille is a writer and critic living in New York. and
Tommaso Landolfi occupies an odd place in modern Italian literature as one of its most admired and least read writers. He has the reputation of being a "writer's writer," most of whose novels and short stories are out of print despite the high praise of authors as distinguished as novelist Italo Calvino and poet Eugenio Montale. "An Autumn Story"--one of Landolfi's last books, written just four years before his death in 1979--makes it easy to understand why he has sparked the enthusiasm of the few but not of the many.
For months now people have been anticipating "The Vampire Diaries" as a CW-ized version of "Twilight" with a bunch of sensitive young lovelies yearning and burning for danger, romance and the ultimate penetration. In between bouts of underage drinking, texting, girl-bonding, and the inevitable minor-key whine of a soundtrack, that is. "True Blood Lite" or "Transylvania 90210." And you know what? It is. Almost exactly. But this is not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. Because "Vampire Diaries" knows precisely what it is -- a Gothic romance -- and doesn't try to be anything else.
March 3, 1996
We visited Orvieto twice in years gone by, as we camped our way through Italy's charming hill towns. Orvieto was our favorite. Thank you for a third nostalgic journey ("Italian Gothic," Feb. 4). However, your cover photo did not do justice to the gleaming brilliance of this most magical of Italian cathedrals. Orvieto's Duomo is the "Sleeping Beauty Castle" of Italian Gothic cathedrals. When the sun sets Orvieto's Duomo ablaze, not even Soloman's golden temple was more beautifully arrayed.
September 6, 1987
I read with interest Frank Riley's July 12 article about the summer festival in Luebeck, West Germany. We left the following day for Germany and had the opportunity to visit Luebeck and enjoy one of the many concerts to which he referred. However, he referred to St. James' Church as being the world's largest Gothic brick church. In the first place, we could find no St. James' Church in Luebeck; he must have been referring to St. Jacob's Church. Second, if he in fact meant St. Jacob's Church, I don't see how he figured that it was larger than the Marien Church, which is also brick and very definitely Gothic and immensely larger than St. Jabob's.
November 8, 2009 | By Susannah Carson
"Can you get a bustle under vinyl?" "No, no," I answered, "that's not a problem -- no bustles in the Regency Era." "Ah," said my friend, "that makes things easier. So just tie-dyed muslin trimmed with, say, cerise fake fur." "And go-go boots, of course." "Of course." My Halloween costume this year was a horrifying success: No creature caused as much fear and loathing as Jane Austen Powers. Ghastly, yes. But no worse than what we, as a culture, have been doing to her novels.
September 13, 2003
THANK you for the refreshing criticism of the Walt Disney Concert Hall ("Time to Temper the Praise for That Steel-Clad Hall," by Rip Rense, Sept. 8). However, I disagree with Rense's comment that Frank Gehry is mocking L.A. as a cardboard community. Rather, he is expressing the city's identity crisis produced by its transition from Spanish Colonial to Truck Stop Diner and Warehouse. It is a frustrated city, and Gehry and his generation are reaping the benefits just as much as the fashion industry is profiting from the maladies of gothic generation X. With all due respect, Gehry perfectly expresses Los Angeles by mixing all of its warehouses, factories, gas stations and freeways into a blender, hitting frappe and spilling it on the countertop for the elitists to enjoy.
September 21, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Comedy writer and actor Patton Oswalt stars in "The Heart, She Holler," Adult Swim's surreal Southern Gothic series about the twisted and mercifully fictitious Heartshe clan, now in its second season of 11-minute episodes. How would you describe "The Heart, She Holler" to someone who hasn't seen it? Oh, boy. Imagine the most annoying Silver Lake hipster and what they think the Deep South must be. Then give them bath salts, have them describe the Deep South and have them write down and film whatever they say. How did you get involved in this?
September 6, 2013 | By Amy Benfer
Those thoroughly satiated with beach days and summer blonds can seek refuge of a darker sort in two new novels for young adults in which classic 19th century Gothic novels get a postmodern, post-punk makeover influenced by the aesthetic of their 20th century pop culture counterpart, Gothic rock. Australian poet and fantasy novelist Alison Croggon starts her novel "Black Spring" with the plot skeleton of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights," then grafts on witches, wizards and a little contemporary feminist theory.
April 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
- The fireflies in this coastal Ontario town had begun to materialize over the estate's sprawling lawn. Inside a macabre-looking residence, the actors Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard slipped through elegant rooms and chilly corridors, a bone-creepy tableau that might be described as "The Addams Family" meets Guillermo del Toro. Her voice musical but no-nonsense, Janssen issued an order to Skarsgard; he responded by trying very hard to look aloof. The location for the production of "Hemlock Grove" - a piece of small-town American Gothic about a murder, a shady company and rampaging werewolves - was quaint, even archaic.
March 29, 2013 | By Wendy Smith
"The Accursed," an astonishing fever dream of a novel, sets loose specters from the beyond to prey on innocent and guilty alike. But are there any real innocents in the diseased society Oates so scathingly depicts? Making skillful use of gothic fiction's time-honored conventions - demon lovers, haunted houses, guilty secrets, murderous transformations, supernatural visitations - the author repeatedly connects these unearthly manifestations to moral rot in the real world, in this case the "claustrophobic little world of privilege and anxiety" that is Princeton, N.J., in 1905 and '06. The president of Princeton University is Woodrow Wilson, embroiled in a power struggle with a popular dean over his desire to curb the eating clubs that dominate the school's social life.
October 26, 2012 | By Mark Dery
Twelve years after his death on tax day 2000, Edward Gorey - writer, illustrator, Victorian aesthete born half a century too late - has earned an adjective all his own: "Goreyesque. " The word is used, increasingly, to refer to anything that manages to be amusingly lugubrious, in an arch sort of way. In recent years, Gorey's eccentric shadow has only lengthened across pop culture, his influence apparent in Tim Burton's gothic whimsies; the Lemony Snicket books by Daniel Handler; the emergence of the Gorey tattoo as a hipster fad; crowds thronging to the traveling exhibition of his work, "Elegant Enigmas"; and the resurrection of out-of-print Gorey tales Three Gorey titles have just landed on bookstore shelves.
July 22, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Christopher Houlihan's quixotic six-city, six-Louis-Vierne-organ-symphony tour reached the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Thursday and Friday nights. It commemorates the 75th anniversary of the day - June 2, 1937 - that the blind French composer dropped dead at the Notre-Dame de Paris organ, just as he was finishing his 1,750th recital. No one, other than the occasional organ freak, pays much attention anymore to these gloomily gothic "symphonies" for solo organ, written between 1895 and 1930.
June 24, 1999
Re "A Towering Achievement Is in the Works Downtown," June 17: I don't want to wake up everyday and behold yet another belligerent image in our society--this time a sword-wielding angel. Why a sword? Driving downtown on another smoggy summer day, I realized that we wouldn't even be able to see the tower half the year anyway. On second thought, that would actually be a good thing. If this project goes through, I might just come to appreciate our L.A. smog! PAUL D. STEENHAUSEN Santa Monica It is amazing that Brett-Livingstone Strong's "City of Angels Monument" is taken seriously by the city government.
June 8, 2003
"Clinging to the Past in Cuenca" (May 18) brought back wonderful memories of a train trip my daughter and I took through Spain in 1997. We traveled south from Barcelona to Valencia, then inland through the mountains to Cuenca. We stayed in the Posada de San Jose, at Julian Romero 4, mentioned in the article; it's one of the casas colgadas on the cliff in the photo. The view from our room of the gorge below was stunning. The view from the dining room is also superb. The innkeepers, a Canadian woman and her Spanish husband, were most accommodating.
April 30, 2012 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
ELDON, Iowa - Beth Howard sits at her kitchen table on a Sunday morning and pulls back the curtain to peer at a group of rosy-cheeked youths taking pictures on her front lawn. They pair off to stand side by side in the pose familiar to millions - the dour farmer with a pitchfork, the unsmiling woman beside him in front of the white house. No one notices the woman in flannel pajamas sitting inside. "People seldom know that people live here, much less that there's someone watching them from the other side of the curtain," says Howard, who rents the house made famous in Grant Wood's painting "American Gothic.
April 20, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Frid, whose portrayal of charismatic vampire Barnabas Collins in the supernatural soap opera "Dark Shadows" turned the classically trained actor into a pop-culture star in the late 1960s, has died. He was 87. Frid died April 13 of natural causes at a hospital in his hometown of Hamilton, Canada, said Jim Pierson, a spokesman for Dan Curtis Productions, which produced"Dark Shadows. " The campy daytime soap was a year old and struggling in the ratings in 1967 when series creator Dan Curtis took his daughter's advice to "make it scarier.
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