August 21, 2012 |
No matter what happens to the UCLA basketball team during a series of exhibition games in China over the next week, do not expect any finger-pointing. The players have been warned about that particular gesture - it does not sit well with the Chinese. No pointing. No whistling. And if you give someone a gift, please use both hands. "There are a bunch of rules," forward David Wear said. "It's going to be tough to remember a lot of that stuff. " With an itinerary that includes ceremonies, sightseeing and official dinners - as well as games against two colleges and a professional team - the Bruins have been thoroughly instructed on Chinese etiquette.
April 2, 2012 |
Albert Pujols has entered a season with a team defending its World Series victory. That team of great expectations finished with a losing record. The season before Pujols led the St. Louis Cardinals to last year's World Series, the team failed to make the playoffs. So do big expectations like those confronting the Angels and $240-million addition Pujols help or hurt? “You guys are the ones picking us to win,” Pujols said Monday before making his Anaheim Stadium debut against the Dodgers in the opener of the three-game Freeway Series that will move to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday.
April 2, 2012 |
Albert Pujols has entered a season with a team defending its World Series victory. That team of great expectations finished with a losing record. The season before Pujols led the St. Louis Cardinals to the 2011 World Series, the team failed to make the playoffs. So do big expectations like those confronting the Angels and $240-million addition Pujols help or hurt? "You guys are the ones picking us to win," Pujols said Monday before making his Angel Stadium debut against the Dodgers in the opener of the three-game Freeway Series that moves to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday.
March 31, 2012 |
The trouble with attempting to adapt any novel by Charles Dickens into a three-hour miniseries (a mini miniseries?) is that even the best, cleverest screenwriter will be forced to boil the story down to its essential plot. And though Dickens did not shirk on plot, deliriously crisscrossing fistfuls of them as if each book were an unending game of cat's cradle, action is not what defined his work. God, they say, is in the details, and so is Charles Dickens, in the evocation of place, the palpable rise of mood and, most important, the creation of characters so freighted with eccentricity as to be unbelievable but so finely drawn that they live and breathe nonetheless.
February 9, 2012 |
By the time Charles Dickens' career hit its stride, his serialized stories drove readers to distraction in their eagerness for the next monthly installment. In 1841, Americans crowded the docks in New York waiting for ships arriving from England to find out the fate of Little Nell in "The Old Curiosity Shop. " (It was, sadly, not good news.) Dickens 200 t h birthday was celebrated around the world on Tuesday; it included a breathtaking reading by Ralph Fiennes, who stars in an upcoming film version of "Great Expectations," and a wreath-laying on his grave in Westminster Abbey in London by Prince Charles.
December 10, 2010 |
Martina Navratilova was hospitalized in Kenya because of fluid accumulation in her lungs after attempting to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. The 54-year-old tennis great is expected to recover. Navratilova was diagnosed with high-altitude pulmonary edema, Dr. David Silverstein , a consultant in cardiology and internal medicine at Nairobi Hospital, said Friday. "It is potentially dangerous when someone is at high altitude, but once brought down, recovery is quick," he said. "Martina is doing well and will continue to do well.