February 2, 2013 |
As culinary fashion continues to wind inexorably lower on the luxury scale - from tournedos to beef cheeks, from foie gras to pork belly - it was probably inevitable that we would eventually come to lentils. Representing the lowest and plainest possible food denominator since biblical times, when Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of soup made from them, lentils have always been regarded as a food you would eat only when you absolutely had to. Yet look at a restaurant menu today or visit an upscale grocery and you'll find lentils that come in a rainbow of colors and bear an atlas of place names.
May 19, 1989 |
Brigitte Bardot, whose breakaway towels kept eyes glued to the screen in her cinema "sex-kitten" days, made her television debut today to save the elephant by putting ivory dealers out of business. After 16 years of avoiding cameras, the 54-year-old Bardot's passion for animal welfare finally persuaded her to host a series of six hard-hitting documentaries aimed at halting reckless poaching for profit and cruelty in the name of science. "There were 2.5 million elephants in 1960.
October 5, 1986
If we follow the logic set out on sea urchins by Gary Karasik in "A Prickly Question" (Aug. 17), it thus would be perfectly all right to slaughter elephants for their ivory and rhinoceroses for their horns. This is one of the best examples of the overinflated and chauvinistic human male ego: Only those that respond directly to his own needs could be regarded as worthy of his approval and, presumably, admiration. Kathleen Sweet Pasadena
June 5, 1986 |
The director of the Los Angeles City Zoo was fired today for his inability to solve what his boss called "a series of internal problems" at the Griffith Park facility, City Hall officials announced. Dr. Warren Thomas, director of the zoo since 1974, was dismissed this morning from the $73,000-a-year post after a disciplinary hearing Tuesday, said James E. Hadaway, general manager of the city's Recreation and Parks Department.
January 29, 1989
The critics quoted in Weinstein's article are just a bunch of stuffed shirts! What's wrong with a bad joke, a smart-aleck remark or video of the latest pig races after an hour of murder and mayhem on the local news? Dan Gingold, USC assistant professor of journalism, should climb out of his ivory tower and stop taking the news so seriously! If a local newsperson laughs at a joke made by the sports or weather person, it doesn't mean that I will never again trust the news anchor to tell me about a fire, murder or other event.
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January 21, 2001
Re "Fear and Loathing at the Van Nuys Courthouse," Jan. 7. Jack Solomon suggests that employers be required to pay employees for time spent on jury duty. This plan may make a lot of sense to those who dwell in tax-supported ivory towers. Consider the perspective of the small-business owner: First, pay wages to the employee away on jury duty. At the same time, pay a temp to come in while the employee is gone. Then pay overtime wages for the extra hours it will take the returning employee to catch up with missed work.
November 20, 1994 |
This Merchant-Ivory production is a beautifully melancholy romance between people who point-blank refuse to acknowledge emotional attachments and, constricted by an unwritten professional code, can't even bring themselves to address each other by first names. While the thought of all this decorous self-denial between a butler and a housekeeper in one of England's great houses in the days before World War II may sound uninvolving, the 1993 film is the opposite.