October 10, 1997 |
Opening "The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays" is like walking into a fast-flowing river. This collection of 77 essays spanning 150 years reflects Latin American literature and culture in all its brilliance and turbulence. From the first piece by Venezuelan Andres Bello to the last by the editor, Ilan Stavans, who was born in Mexico and teaches at Amherst College, these essays touch on the challenging Latin American question: Who are we?
March 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- One of the country's biggest hedge funds has agreed to pay more than $600 million to settle a civil insider-trading case in what the Securities and Exchange Commission said was its largest settlement involving such corruption on Wall Street. CR Intrinsic Investors, a unit of the Connecticut-based giant SAC Capital Advisors, agreed to pay the penalties in a case stemming from trades involving an Alzheimer's treatment under development by two drug companies. Friday's settlement involves SAC Capital and four other funds managed by CR Intrinsic and SAC. The settlement does not resolve the SEC's case against Mathew Martoma, a CR Intrinsic fund manager whom the agency also sued in November.
December 24, 2010 |
Choosing the right avocado for the season can be surprisingly tricky, even or especially at farmers markets. Good choices are available all year, but a knowledgeable buyer needs to juggle four factors: variety, season, growing area and fruit size. Every month or two the scenario changes, requiring buyers to stay nimble. Avocados are valued chiefly for their oil content, which gives them their buttery texture and flavor. The trees bloom in the spring and the earliest varieties start to bear in late autumn.
December 13, 1990 |
Leading French fashion house Pierre Balmain, lamenting a shortage of Arab princesses and wives of Texas millionaires, will stop producing haute couture garments. The Paris fashion house said today that the Persian Gulf crisis and the economic downturn made it impossible for it to keep the costly, individually tailored line going. "Haute couture is dying.
March 21, 1998
A pop quiz: 1--"Murphy Brown" is shot on (a) videotape (b) film; 2--L.A. Times staff photographers shoot on (a) film (b) videotape; 3--The L.A. Times is (a) a newsletter (b) a newspaper. "Murphy Brown" is, as are the majority of four-camera shows, shot on film, not tape ("Signing Off, Quietly," by Judith Michaelson, March 16). There is a world of difference--in style, in look, in production, in cost. This across-the-board generic use of the word "taping" has come to distort both the intrinsic and the artistic nature of the medium.
August 5, 1990
Regarding the proposal to have Santa Monica City Council members elected by district rather than at large (Times, July 26): One's ethnic background should not be a compelling consideration in choosing a member of the City Council or any elective office. As a former high school civics teacher, I find the idea inimical to intrinsic principles that must govern all our elections. Candidates must be chosen based on their qualifications, irrespective of race, creed or color. I don't think there are any exclusive ethnic issues to be dealt with by the council, only citizen issues.