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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).
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.
January 9, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
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.
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.
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.
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 | 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.
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