January 20, 1991
In his thoughtful review of "A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya" (Dec. 23), reviewer Victor Perera says that some vignettes "suffer from insufficient underpinning." In particular, he asks: "How do we know that captives sacrificed at Chichen Itza died a gentle death 'because no one ever made a sound when his heart was cut out' ?" All of our attempts to bring the Maya world to life through dramatic interludes are extensively annotated with end notes, and the Chichen Itza dance-sacrifice scene has four notes.
June 8, 1986
I was very much taken by Holly Prado's review of Toby Olson's "The Woman Who Escaped From Shame" in the May 18 Book Review. I found the review highly readable, concise, intelligent and good-hearted. WILLIAM DAVIS South Pasadena
February 23, 1986 |
The cross-country Pro-Peace March, with many celebs joining in for global nuclear disarmament, doesn't begin until Saturday. But Richard Rifkin, a volunteer marcher, is already trying to peddle the rights to his story. Rifkin, who describes himself as a writer-actor, placed a trade-paper ad offering producers an option on his upcoming nine months of "adventure, romance, humor . . . all for the continued existence of humanity."
January 13, 1990
A response to Sheila Benson's Dec. 22 review of "Always": In what has to be the darkest slate of holiday movies ever, Benson ironically implies that hell may be realized by seeing the movie "Always." I too gaze in horror at Oliver Stone's nightmare vision of Vietnam, and the Holocaust is something that should never be forgotten, but I also mourn the certain death of sentimentality and heart in today's movies. When critics consider the only serious directors to be those who bludgeon us with the pain and torture of man's inhumanity to man, then those who choose to show life as a more uplifting and joyous experience become a rare and endangered species.
October 29, 2012 |
Bob Baffert is flat on his back and hears those around him saying he has the "widow maker," like he doesn't already know his chest is killing him. He's in Dubai this past March. He's 59 and figures he's doomed. "It was like, 'oh man, this is it.' I'm just waiting for them to turn out the lights," he says. Because he makes his living training horses, in his business people expect the worst and hope for the best. He gives his wife, Jill, a verbal last will and testament, telling her to "keep this, sell that and here's what you need to do when I'm gone.
November 7, 2009 |
Meteor flying too close to the ground. . . . Any tragedy in Allen Iverson's life has nothing to do with his basketball career, which was inspiring and earned him hundreds of millions of dollars, some of which we hope he kept after all those widely chronicled trips to Atlantic City, N.J., when he was in Philadelphia. Everything that came before was tragic, the poverty growing up in Hampton, Va., the controversial 15-year jail sentence for his part in a bowling alley race riot as a teenager, of which he served four months before he was granted clemency and his conviction was overturned.
January 19, 1987 |
A millworker who received a transplanted heart that did not match his blood type showed no sign of rejecting the new organ Sunday, but doctors continued to search for a replacement, officials said. Major Wright, 37, of Sylvania, Ga., was in critical but stable condition.
August 21, 2001 |
Heart problems--and not excessive heat--led to the deaths last week of two teenage football players, according to autopsy results released Monday. Both 14-year-old Leonard Carter II of Houston, and 13-year-old Jamarious Derez Bennett of Shady Dale, Ga., were found to have had congenital heart defects that had gone undetected. Autopsy results are pending on 15-year-old Steven Taylor, who died Friday after returning home from morning practice at Luling High in Central Texas.
March 11, 2004 |
Moments into Stars' lush album "Heart," you think the sap starts to ooze. Each member of the Montreal quartet issues an introduction: "I am Evan, this is my heart; I am Amy, this is my heart," and so on. Cute ... or not. By the end, "Heart" is neither precious nor overwrought, the band's collection of sweets having folded the myth of love into songs that use melody as subterfuge and beauty as camouflage.