October 16, 1994
The "neo-Darwinian" theory of genetically programmed human selfishness, ably summarized in Sara Lippincott's Sept. 4 review of "The Moral Animal," is hardly Darwinian at all. In "The Descent of Man" Darwin speculated: "When two tribes of primeval man, living in the same country, came into competition, if (other circumstances being equal) the one tribe included a great number of courageous, sympathetic, and faithful members, who were always ready to warn each other of danger, to aid and defend each other, this tribe would succeed better and conquer the other."
February 14, 1988 |
It has never been a secret that a substantial number of jazz musicians have impressive credentials in classical music. Wynton Marsalis' two-world career has merely reaffirmed a point that became evident half a century ago, when Benny Goodman recorded Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings with the Budapest String Quartet. What has escaped many observers, though, is the fact that these reverential breezes blow in both directions. Stravinsky wrote "Ragtime" in 1918.
December 16, 2009 |
Robbie Conal is known for his darkly satiric illustrations of politicians and public figures, often seen as posters slapped up in Los Angeles' public places. When he perceives an abuse of the democratic process, he says, "It's like the thermometer in the cartoon. When the mercury hits above a certain level, above boiling, I pick up a paint brush or a piece of charcoal and I get to work." But another side of him is revealed in the new book "Not Your Typical Political Animal" (Art Attack Press)
December 27, 2009 |
When people talk about instincts in poker, they're usually referring to such things as gut feelings and hunches, but that's only part of it. "It's not just what you feel," world-class pro John Juanda said. "You still have to think about what's logical in how the hand plays out. It's instincts, but it's based on your experience, all the hands you've played in the past." The next step is to trust those instincts, which isn't always easy, even for accomplished players such as Juanda.
July 16, 1994 |
After crashing her white Corvette and injuring her much-glorified face on the way home from another night of hard partying, Shannon Wilsey sent a friend out to walk her Rottweiler, Daisy, and then shot herself in the head. For the 23-year-old sex video superstar known as Savannah, it was the most outrageous act in a short but outrage-filled public life.
December 29, 2009 |
You probably don't need a long synopsis of James Cameron's half-billion-dollar epic, "Avatar," in part because even if you haven't seen it, you've seen it. As many reviewers have noted, Cameron rips off Hollywood cliches to the point you could cut and paste dialogue from "Pocahontas" or "Dances with Wolves" into "Avatar" without appreciably changing the story. In short, "Avatar" tells the tale of a disabled Marine, Jake Sully, who -- through the wonders of movie magic -- occupies the body of a 10-foot-tall alien so he can live among the mystical forest denizens of the moon world Pandora.
March 21, 2010 |
In a no-frills studio in Fox News' Manhattan headquarters, Bill O'Reilly was wrangling with a guest, as usual. This time it wasn't a liberal foe but conservative strategist Dick Morris, who was hammering the Justice Department for hiring a group of lawyers -- dubbed the "Al Qaeda Seven" by the right-wing advocacy group Keep America Safe -- that had represented terrorism suspects in private practice. But O'Reilly didn't buy Morris' argument that the lawyers' past work made them a security risk.
March 1, 1992
Andy Marx's Film Clips item "We Thought About It ( Really ) and Decided That Movie Endings Are Special" (Feb. 16) clearly illustrates why the gay activists in our society are, in one significant way, no better than its religious fundamentalists, militant feminists and other special-interest groups: They are intolerant. The gay community's attempts to halt the making of the movie "Basic Instinct," directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, are attempts to violate the principle of free expression.
April 10, 1995 |
The Orange County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday to formally oppose a state Senate bill that would throw the bankrupt county into trusteeship. An outside administrator, or trustee, would be appointed to handle the county's finances, stripping local officials of their power to control their own purse strings. The bill, which was authored by Sen. Lucy Killea (I-San Diego) and Quentin L. Kopp (I-San Francisco), cleared the Senate Local Government Committee on March 29.
August 27, 2010 |
"Mesrine" is a thug's life writ very large, so large that it takes two films and more than four hours of screen time to tell it. But then French gangster Jacques Mesrine was not just any thug, but a violent criminal with a gift for publicity and philosophical self-dramatization, someone who came to realize his life was playing out like a movie and relished every bit of it. Described by a French police detective as "a gangster with marketing savvy,"...