January 2, 2013 |
My first resolution for 2013 is one many bibliophiles make. And it's also the resolution I'm least likely to complete to my satisfaction this year: I'm going to organize my book collection. The other things on my list are easy: Finish a book? I've got just a few chapters left on the one I'm writing now, my fourth. Keep off the weight I lost last year? With a little will power and lots of tofu and vegetables, that'll be a piece of cake. The status of my book collection, however, is a very nearly unfixable disaster.
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October 7, 2012 |
Michael Henry Heim, a literary translator and humble philanthropist whose teaching, activism and widely admired translations of works by such writers as Günter Grass and Milan Kundera helped bring the voices of contemporary world literature into the mainstream of English-speaking cultures, has died. He was 69. Heim, a professor and former chairman of the department of Slavic languages and literature at UCLA, died of cancer Sept. 29 at his home in Westwood, said his wife, Priscilla.
April 17, 2012
The off-target NRA Re "NRA is restless despite clout," April 13 Why is the National Rifle Assn. afraid of President Obama? The gun-rights group can't name one time when Obama has said a word about gun control after any of the massacres that have taken place since he's been in office. He hasn't said a word about it even after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The NRA is about stoking fear and looking for an enemy. I wish Obama and the Democrats would say more about gun control, but they remain silent.
April 14, 2012
The Times' editorial on Tuesday discussing Israel'sreaction to Gunter Grass' poem on a possible confrontation with Iran prompted reader Steven Zak of Sunland to write: "The Times argues that by 'overreacting' to Grass' poem, Israelis 'are acting like Iranians.' More accurately, The Times is acting like Grass, who defames Israel as a 'perpetrator' of 'recognized danger.' The Times does likewise by comparing Israelis with Iran's regime. "When Grass calls the established fact of Iran's weapons program 'unproven,' he sounds like the Iranians, who both deny the Holocaust and vow to repeat it. Anyone who thinks Israel's condemnation of such a man is 'the kind of reaction we'd expect from Iran's mullahs' is ignorant about how those mullahs deal with dissent.
April 12, 2012
Israel's high ground Re "Israel's poetry critics," Editorial, April 10 German poet Gunter Grass and I both inhabited the same country during World War II. The difference between us: I wore striped pajamas in concentration camps, and he wore the gray uniform of the Waffen SS. I ask Grass: Why does he consider Israel a threat to world peace? Israel was not accepted by its neighbors when it was established in 1948 and was threatened with annihilation. Pronouncements by Iranian leaders denying the Holocaust and their threats to destroy the Jewish state are of great concern.
April 10, 2012
The people in Israel and Germany who are most outraged by Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass' latest work have one thing in common: They think it's ridiculous, and possibly anti-Semitic, for Grass to assert a moral equivalency between Israel and Iran. Yet by overreacting to Grass' criticism, Israeli officials are acting like, well, Iranians. Grass, 84, is being lambasted in his native Germany over his poem "What Must Be Said," published last week in the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.