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April 2, 1998 | ROSS K. BAKER, Ross K. Baker is a professor of political science at Rutgers University
While Dakar is the capital of Senegal, a Muslim country, it is also a former French colony, so there was probably champagne in abundance for President Clinton's party to raise toasts to Judge Susan Webber Wright, who on Wednesday dismissed the Paula Corbin Jones sexual harassment case. Excessive rejoicing at the downfall of Jones' lawsuit, however, may not only be in bad taste but premature as well.
March 1, 1998 | BILL SHARPSTEEN, Bill Sharpsteen's last article for the magazine was on PBS' "This Old House" program, which featured the televised renovation of a home in Tucson, Ariz
The young magician steps over an old brick and stares out with quiet reverence, as if he's traveled miles on bloody feet just to be here. Here, however, needs some sprucing up. At the moment, workers are moving dirt, dead shrubs and garbage from the crumbling ruins of a Laurel Canyon house and garden where, the man believes, Harry Houdini lived in the 1920s. And so, despite the dust and decay, he searches the so-called Houdini House, hoping to touch the ethereal locks of the master's handcuffs.
September 16, 1997 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Merry Christmas, Dallas, if your team is still playing into the new year you can probably look back on this amazing sweltering Monday night in September as a telling sign of what was meant to be. The Cowboys (2-1), four seconds away from having two fewer wins than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers three games into the season and being besieged by suggestions they had become just another decaying dynasty, were blessed by one of the most bizarre finishes in NFL memory and a 21-20 victory.
May 13, 1997 | Tom Plate, Times columnist Tom Plate teaches government and mass media ethics in UCLA's policy and communication studies programs. E-mail:
I do hope the English appreciate all that Christopher Francis Patten, the last of history's British colonial governors, who's to return the glittering gem of Hong Kong to the Chinese come July, has done for Britain's image. Thanks mainly to his political agility, Mother England, the longtime occupying power, looks to exit with head held high and to have left China, the incoming landlord, in something of a box. This is no minor achievement.
July 17, 1995 | THOMAS PLATE, Times columnist Thomas Plate was in London and Dublin last week
By Trafalgar Square, named for Lord Nelson's 1805 victory, the old Admiralty building sags as if mugged by the oppressive heat remarkable for London. Inside, behind elaborate security, is a barn of an office where a huge blue-suited Englishman of half-Irish ancestry settles himself Friday into a small armchair as he tries to explain the increasingly controversial British policy on Northern Ireland. And that's not easy.
March 26, 1995
Lynn Luria-Sukenick, 57, poet, writer and associate professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State. A native of New York City, she was educated at the City University of New York and taught at Cornell University, the University of Arizona, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz. She joined the San Diego State faculty in 1989, concentrating on teaching fiction writing. Ms. Luria-Sukenick wrote fiction for quarterlies and anthologies and essays for such publications as the Village Voice.
November 20, 1994 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a frequent contributor to Calendar
When something truly new turns up in the art world, nobody knows quite how to talk about it at first. New words and categories are by necessity coined to accommodate unprecedented methods of art-making. Such has been the case with New York-based artist Matthew Barney. Just 27, Barney has made only eight pieces so far, but each has elicited intense scrutiny from the art world and generated reams of theoretical analysis. What exactly does he do?
Ecstatic Republicans in the state Assembly are rejoicing over their crushing victories in last Tuesday's election and are ready to hand Willie Brown--the wily veteran lawmaker and symbol of longtime Democratic preeminence--his walking papers. But they just might be moving too fast. Brown didn't become the state's longest-reigning Speaker or one of the nation's top African American officials by happenstance.
October 30, 1994 | John Banville, John Banville is the editor of the Irish Literary Times and the author, most recently, of "Ghosts."
When I was a child I developed a brief but passionate interest in two shamanic figures, Houdini and Rasputin. In my mind they seemed two sides of the same coin, the Mad Monk a dark, primeval figure shambling out of the great Siberian wastes, Houdini the mysteriously cheerful prankster, more daemon than demon, first cousin to Chaplin's malignly chirpy tramp. I can date this interest from the Tony Curtis movie based on Houdini's life, which was made in 1952.
Scott Davis is hard to miss. But then so are most guys who stand 6-feet-7, weigh 280 pounds, are articulate and can dominate a room by their mere presence. So how does this guy manage to keep disappearing and reappearing? He could be the next Fabio. Instead, he seems determined to be the next David Copperfield. Or Harry Houdini.
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