June 17, 2004 |
Justice Clarence Thomas may be silent in the Supreme Court during public arguments, but he is not shy about making bold pronouncements in written opinions. His latest challenge to conventional wisdom came this week in the Pledge of Allegiance case, when he opined that the Constitution protected a state's right to recognize an official church. Almost everyone has assumed that the opposite is true.
March 5, 1997 |
"America is a pluralistic society," says conductor Daniel Barenboim. "The Vienna Philharmonic is exactly the opposite." Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony and guest conductor of the philharmonic's concerts in Costa Mesa and New York this week, was commenting Monday on the controversy about the Vienna musicians' refusing until last week to admit women into its ranks as full-fledged members.
March 16, 1997 |
Toshiki Kanno works a Toyota assembly line in a factory boasting of some of the company's best technology: a heavy-duty electrified paint bath and computer-guided driverless carts to carry parts. In a country where status is linked to the prestige of one's company, Kanno is proud to work for the famous auto firm. But he doesn't make cars. His factory, 75 miles west of Tokyo, turns out prefabricated housing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1992 |
If you don't like what the experts are saying about AIDS and HIV, about causes and effects, just wait a minute and you'll hear something else. AIDS confounds us. In the wake of the summer's political conventions and the Amsterdam AIDS conference, convenient ways of thinking about the disease are again cast into doubt. Does HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, "cause" acquired immune deficiency syndrome?
November 29, 2013 |
As a leading authority on the Beatles, researcher and author Mark Lewisohn is well aware that there have been far too many books written about the Fab Four. "In general terms and in biographical terms, I think the Beatles have been underserved by books," he said. Yet Lewisohn, 55, just contributed one more to the fray: the 944-page monster "Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1" (Crown Archetype, $40). So what's left to say after the hundreds of books, documentaries and fictionalized biographical dramas about the Beatles?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1998 |
Want to be an expert on the Owens Valley-Los Angeles water controversy, the one that was in the news this week when a deal was struck to abate valley dust storms that resulted from the city's water policies? It's simple. Just rent the 1974 film "Chinatown" and take some notes. Or at least that's what more than a few people have told me when they learned I had written a book about the controversy. "Oh, yeah. 'Chinatown.' " But water history doesn't get written in Hollywood.
November 30, 1997 |
From our perspective at the close of the 20th century, it seems that everything in history happens three times; the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce, the third as a theme park. Thus, the Woodstock Nation greeted this summer's announcement that the hallowed ground of Yasgur's farm was to be turned into a performing arts center, complete with state-of-the-art amphitheaters, lifestyle shops and first-class bathroom facilities with a fatalistic shrug.
March 11, 2014 |
Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films has produced just one movie in the last 15 years ("The Great Debaters"), and Winfrey herself has starred in just one film of her own ("Lee Daniels' The Butler). But Harpo on Tuesday made a big move on the development front, acquiring the film rights to Sue Monk Kidd's bestseller “The Invention of Wings.” Kidd's slavery-era novel looks at the contrasting stories of a preteen abolitionist and the slave she is given, following the two as they and the world around them changes over the next three decades.