January 14, 2001 |
James Salter's new novel about a doomed or unlucky young pilot does what none of its characters can: It performs a rescue mission and healingly alters the past. "Cassada," Salter's sixth novel, was also his second, "The Arm of Flesh," "published," the author says, "in 1961 and largely a failure." "The Arm of Flesh" flashed across the sky, turned a few critics' heads and vanished. It has never been reprinted.
July 14, 2000 |
Kirk Wood Bromley gets points for sheer eccentricity--he writes full-length dramas entirely in verse. His "Icarus and Aria," at Sacred Fools Theater, is a loose updating of "Romeo and Juliet." The play concerns the doomed romance between Aria (Kim Jackson), the privileged daughter of a wealthy football team owner, and Icarus (Matthew Troyer), a Latino football star from the 'hood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1998 |
The emerging conventional wisdom that the West must bail out Russia's collapsing financial system to stave off fascism has it exactly backward. The current banking crisis presents Russia with its best--and perhaps last--opportunity to check the power of the parasitic financial-industrial oligarchy that has persistently retarded Russia's political and economic development.
September 13, 1990 |
Jim Morphesis' controversial painting "Winged Figure" will be donated to the Laguna Art Museum by a longtime museum trustee who agreed Tuesday to buy the work from the New York artist for an undisclosed amount. "Winged Figure" is the Icarus-themed painting of a nude male torso commissioned for a poster that was to commemorate the opening of the new terminal at John Wayne Airport.
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September 9, 1990
In reference to airport art at John Wayne: Zeus must be shaking with Olympian laughter at the man who is perturbed by the "nudity" of the classic figure of Icarus and believes that a picture of an airplane is preferable to the mythological symbol for flight. I am surprised that no one objects to the use of Icarus, who fell to earth after flying too close to the sun! Shakespeare had a line for all this: "What fools these mortals be." Too bad they are deciding what is fit for public consumption.
September 7, 1990 |
It's a real joy to see that we finally found a problem with the new terminal at John Wayne Airport that is worthy of Orange County. I mean, all this blather about running millions of dollars over budget and opening almost six months late got pretty boring. It took a long time, but at last we stumbled into the area of morality, which we do--and I say this in all modesty and will defend our position stoutly--better than any other place in the nation.