May 6, 2004 |
In his seminal anthology "The Art of the Personal Essay," editor Phillip Lopate introduces an essay on walking by Henry David Thoreau by telling us that the essay form itself "is akin to taking a mental stroll." Thanks to its malleability, the essay allows a writer the freedom to saunter about, to take readers along on a sometimes meandering but always thoughtful journey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2001 |
Irish-born William Mulholland probably never imagined that 40,000 people would be celebrating Irish culture and heritage in the San Fernando Valley nearly a century after the city engineer established Los Angeles' municipal water system. Mulholland is a prime example of Irish American contributions to Southern California and one of the reasons that 1.
March 17, 2000 |
There's no other day like it in any cultural or religious calendar. On March 17 of every year, one of the largest, most powerful nations in the world pays homage to a small, damp island with a population that barely scrapes past 5 million. Out come the shamrock pins, the tricolored flags and "Erin Go Bragh" T-shirts. Parades snake through multiethnic crowds lining the main streets of every major city, fueled by pipe-and-drum strains of "Danny Boy" and "McNamara's Band."
March 19, 1999 |
The "Spirit of Ireland" show at Royce Hall on Wednesday night was a pleasant view of Irish culture beyond the high-powered production potency of "Riverdance" and "Titanic." Instead of massed dancers and nautical romance, the production--which featured the RTE Irish National Radio Orchestra and a supporting cast of dancers, a piper, a soprano and a narrator--kept it simple, liberally mixing traditional tunes, a few popular ballads, a sprinkling of Irish humor and some vigorous step-dancing.
March 13, 1997 |
With St. Patrick's Day approaching on Monday, this weekend will be an occasion for wearin' the green, lifting a few pints with friends and claiming ancestry, however dubious, with the Emerald Isle. Not surprising, given that one in six Americans can trace their ancestry to Ireland. Beyond the green beer and leprechauns, the high points in the numerous celebrations taking place around the Southland will be the music.
November 25, 1996 |
Some things are incontrovertible. The sun rises in the east, a triangle has three sides and "Riverdance" is an enthralling expression of the glory of the human spirit and of the power of art to convey beauty. Concerning his review " 'Riverdance': Irish Culture on the Hoof" (Calendar, Nov. 18), I would like to ask Times dance critic Lewis Segal . . . in the immortal words of Jay Leno's greeting to Hugh Grant . . . what the hell were you thinking? I cannot sit quietly and allow Mr.