February 13, 2011 |
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.
September 8, 2004 |
It's time we descendants of slaves brought to the United States let go of the term "African American" and go back to calling ourselves Black -- with a capital B. Modern America is home now to millions of immigrants who were born in Africa. Their cultures and identities are split between Africa and the United States. They have last names like Onwughalu and Senkofa. They speak languages like Wolof, Twi, Yoruba and Hausa, and speak English with an accent.
January 9, 2014 |
Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokeperson confirmed. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters. He was born Everett LeRoi Jones on Oct. 7, 1934, in Newark, N.J. A gifted student, he graduated from high school two years early and went to college at New York University and Howard University. After serving in the Air Force for more than two years, Baraka -- then Jones -- was dishonorably discharged for reading communist texts.
April 19, 2013 |
Times have certainly changed in Brooklyn. Streets unsafe last decade now bustle invitingly. Composers born in the borough last century couldn't get away fast enough. Composers from all over now can't move there fast enough. Thursday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall the Los Angeles Philharmonic continued its Brooklyn Festival with three recent or new orchestra pieces by young Brooklyn residents all born in the early 1980s elsewhere. The fourth and final work on the program was by a 24-year-old just returned from studying in Paris and happily ensconced on the Upper West Side, intentionally putting as much New York City distance between himself and his native Brooklyn as was reasonable.
July 19, 1993 |
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 |
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.
November 11, 2003 |
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 |
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.