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December 18, 1994 | KATHLEEN KRULL
Grandmothers, writes distinguished African-American poet Nikki Giovanni, "are a lot like spinach or asparagus or brussels sprouts: something good for us that we appreciate much more in reflection than in actuality." To encourage grandchildren in appreciating these figures of wisdom and immense influence now rather than later, Giovanni has edited an unusual anthology, GRAND MOTHERS: Poems, Reminiscences, and Short Stories About the Keepers of Our Traditions (Holt: $15.95, ages 11 and up).
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February 13, 2011 | By Carmela Ciuraru, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Dennis is known for his quiet lyricism, and his latest, "Callings" (Penguin: $18 paper), is similarly contemplative and restrained. Yet beneath their reticent surface, these poems brim with big questions about vocation, regret, identity and other issues, as in "Outdoor Café": No book or paper, and no expectation A friend will be joining me later on. Just the silent acceptance of life As it flows in the talk around me. With its constant questioning of what might have been and what's been lost, "Callings" is an apt poetic companion in these uncertain and anxious economic times.
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December 13, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Stephen E. Toulmin, a British-born philosopher and retired USC professor who created a model for evaluating the practical arguments that arise from daily life during a six-decade career that brought him prominence in several fields, has died. He was 87. Toulmin, who was the Henry R. Luce professor at the Center for Multiethnic and Transnational Studies, died Dec. 4 at USC University Hospital, said his son, Greg. The cause was pneumonia. The Oxford-trained theorist was best known for “The Uses of Argument,” published in 1958 and still in print, which set forth six criteria for building an effective argument.
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July 19, 1993 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Festival has finalized its 1993 program schedule and this week will begin distributing its promotional brochure detailing highlights of the monthlong event. The celebration of African, African-American and Middle Eastern cultures begins Aug. 20 and continues through Sept. 19. In 1990, the festival's colorful but confusing brochure was virtually unreadable and the target of many complaints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1997 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aside from the dozen scholarly tomes he's written, another thing brings USC professor Stephen Toulmin distinction in academia: where he lives. In a dorm. At age 74. What's more, the British-born philosopher and historian has a dining hall set aside one evening a week so he and fellow dorm residents can dine and chat in the intimate style of his days at Cambridge. It's not all highbrow talk over the spinach linguine. At the last dinner, he stood up to announce an upcoming whale watching trip.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2003 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
The Holloway Park Veterans' Memorial, which will be formally dedicated today at 11 a.m. in West Hollywood, is considerably different from the plan that originally was chosen for construction in 1999. That scheme suggested a place of contemplative respite within the city. The final design, at the busy intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive, is anything but. What it has sacrificed in quietude, though, it has gained in simplicity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2000 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you hung out at independent bookstores like Esowon in Inglewood, Dutton's in Brentwood or the Midnight Special in Santa Monica, you might have noticed an older African American man in corduroy slacks and patch-sleeve jacket who wore his silver hair in a ponytail. Toting a briefcase and a worn leather journal, he went to every book-signing by a black author that he could. Often, he was the only person in line for an autograph.
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March 22, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
The world of vaudeville that's evoked in "Rollin' on the T.O.B.A." feels right at home at El Portal Center, which was carved out of a circa 1926 North Hollywood vaudeville and movie palace. By focusing on black vaudeville, "T.O.B.A." also invests in the center's future, seeking a more diverse audience than the one that frequented the place in the '20s. The T.O.B.A. (Theatre Owners' Booking Assn.) was the black vaudeville circuit.
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