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September 18, 1987 | MARY ROURKE
Forget all this business about chic socialites on magazine covers setting standards for style. It's set on fashion runways, says Jack Miles, I. Magnin's man for fine apparel for 50 years. Thursday night, the store's VIPs presented Miles with the ultimate seal of approval, the Mary Ann Magnin Award for Excellence, named after a founding member of the powerful retail family. The man knows how to sell clothes. Mrs. So-and-So is in the dressing room with a $6,000 dress.
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December 9, 2001 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Imagine that at the front of every Christian church the icon in the stained glass or cast in bronze showed a lynched figure, "the body of the victim swollen and distorted, his head hanging askew above a broken neck," writes Jack Miles. Then imagine that the victim was God. That's the horror implicit in the Crucifixion, he says. Seen afresh, it is a shocking image, and Miles knows it. To explain it, he proposes a theory that's equally shocking: God is a sinner who decides to repent.
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BOOKS
January 3, 1988
The most beautiful book of fiction I've read this year is Richard Ford's collection of short stories, "Rock Springs," a sad and quiet set of literary snapshots from one section of America's "voiceless"--poor, sad, unemployed men and women from Montana; a forlorn landscape that's been painted by Ford so that we repeatedly see both the ugliness of men and the elusive beauty of a land that's been ignored or lost, but is still there for those who have either the eyes or the luck to see it.
BOOKS
December 9, 2001 | JOHN P. MEIER
Did you hear the joke about Carl Jung, Rene Girard and Jacques Derrida going into a bar, downing five bottles of Byron Reserve Pinot Noir and proceeding to rewrite the four Gospels? Jung keeps pounding the bar as he insists that God be both good and evil. "In the New Testament plot, the violent, vengeful God of the Old Testament repents of his maltreatment of Israel and turns into a merciful God, who sacrifices himself for his people." Girard interjects, "But keep the sacred violence.
BOOKS
December 29, 1991
Jack Miles brought up some interesting points in "Letters and the Law" (Dec.8). Perhaps J.D. Salinger (and those of us who write personal letters with wild abandon) should write them on stationery that has been specially watermarked "Not for Publication." TRINI MARQUEZ, SKY FOREST
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 1987
Jack Miles' article about the 1950s was quite interesting, especially so was his account of a nonexistent incident involving National Guardsmen (with fixed bayonets) barring a little black girl from her Little Rock High School. Of course, it's much more interesting if the National Guard bars, rather than protects, blacks; but shouldn't Miles' appeal to realism have more contact with reality? LONY WESTERN Redondo Beach
BOOKS
August 31, 1986
I thought a recent article syndicated by the National Catholic News Service might be of interest in light of Jack Miles' piece on "Love Is Always," a book in which Michael Miles reflects on how he fell in love and left the priesthood to marry (The Book Review, July 6). Like many Catholics, I don't always agree with what my church's leaders say or do (God knows they have blundered enough in the past) but I think they or anyone else are entitled to a fair hearing and certainly should not be intentionally misrepresented.
BOOKS
July 10, 1994
Jack Miles' beautiful tribute to the poet Bert Meyers ("Secrets of a Teacher," May 29) evokes a host of emotions in me. Being remembered as an inspirational teacher would certainly gratify Bert, even as it would make him bray with self-deprecating laughter. Bert was first, last and always a Poet. His poetry is his enduring legacy. I know. I grew up with Bert. Our world was East Hollywood in a neighborhood of frame bungalows, weedy vacant lots and quiet streets. The 1940s Hollywood we knew had little resemblance to Raymond Chandler's Hollywood, nor John Rechy's, nor Nathanael West's.
NEWS
April 11, 1990
Times Book Editor Jack Miles is one of 16 Californians and a total of 143 artists, scholars and scientists chosen to receive Guggenheim Fellowship Awards for 1990. The new fellows will share more than $3.7 million awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, which has held the annual competition for 66 years. Miles' award is for the writing of a book on how religious imagery has been used both to incite and to inhibit violence. Its working title is "The Blood of the Lamb."
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April 17, 1987 | DICK RORABACK, Times Staff Writer
"Picketing" may be stretching it a bit. Call it poetic license. But a demonstration it was, nevertheless, as three dozen Los Angeles poets marched in front of The Times on Thursday in support of their avocation and their passion. The poets were upset about the decision by Times Book Editor Jack Miles to curtail critiques of collections of poetry in the newspaper's Book Review section.
BOOKS
July 4, 1999
Here lies the royal purple in repose, The elegance, the carriage, and the flair, The voice, a clarion whose sweet fanfare Was tempered in its time by kisses, blows. Love's page, love's bugle girl, her cry once froze, Once summoned to the fray. Back then. Out there. Her stilling binds in prison past despair A crowd of sorry echoes, fans, lost souls. The smile, the pout, the legendary leer-- But do we sense a stirring in the dark? Bravisima, comedienne of scorn: King Death applauds, then stops confused, unsure If you are playing dead just for a lark Or dying live, defying us to mourn.
NEWS
April 29, 1998 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An undergraduate at Caltech can actually sign up for a New Testament class this semester. And at this intensive science institute in Pasadena, religion courses can have an odd appeal: "One student said he enrolled because he kept losing at 'Jeopardy!'," says Jack Miles, a visiting professor teaching courses in the Bible and world religions.
BOOKS
April 9, 1995 | Paul Wilkes, Paul Wilkes writes frequently about religion and religious belief. His most recent book, "And They Shall Be My People: An American Rabbi and His Congregation" will be issued in paperback this fall.
DEAR JACK: The galley proofs of your new book about me arrived a while back, and I've finally finished it. What with all the requests, complaints and reports I have to sort through, it's hard to get any sustained, serious reading done. Know the problem? And yours is a Book of the Month Club selection, no less. Nice going. Still some interest in me down there, obviously. But I noted it was only an "alternate selection"--does that mean they're interested, but only alternately?
BOOKS
July 10, 1994
Jack Miles' beautiful tribute to the poet Bert Meyers ("Secrets of a Teacher," May 29) evokes a host of emotions in me. Being remembered as an inspirational teacher would certainly gratify Bert, even as it would make him bray with self-deprecating laughter. Bert was first, last and always a Poet. His poetry is his enduring legacy. I know. I grew up with Bert. Our world was East Hollywood in a neighborhood of frame bungalows, weedy vacant lots and quiet streets. The 1940s Hollywood we knew had little resemblance to Raymond Chandler's Hollywood, nor John Rechy's, nor Nathanael West's.
BOOKS
January 24, 1993
I suggest that it was a mistake for the Book Review editor to lump so many poetry reviews, five long, five short, into one issue, Dec. 27. Why not have at least one good long review per issue? Putting all of them together suggests that they'd piled up over the past few months and that "Poetry for a New Year" was a clever and convenient way of getting rid of them. Also problematic is the choice of five major white Establishment poets published by four major publishers plus New Directions.
BOOKS
December 29, 1991
Jack Miles brought up some interesting points in "Letters and the Law" (Dec.8). Perhaps J.D. Salinger (and those of us who write personal letters with wild abandon) should write them on stationery that has been specially watermarked "Not for Publication." TRINI MARQUEZ, SKY FOREST
NEWS
March 12, 1990
Jack Miles, book editor of the Los Angeles Times, has been named president of the National Book Critics Circle. "People are always talking about how the literary world is a New York-East Coast Establishment. One of the things we were proud to affirm by having Jack be our president is that is not the case," said Thomas M. Disch, vice president and secretary of the organization.
NEWS
January 27, 1991 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jack Schaefer, Western novelist best known for his 1949 classic "Shane" which was made into a movie starring Alan Ladd, has died. He was 83. Schaefer died Thursday in St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, N.M., of heart failure. When he wrote "Shane," his first novel, Schaefer had never been west of his native Cleveland. He researched the book by reading old newspapers and diaries at Yale University.
NEWS
April 11, 1990
Times Book Editor Jack Miles is one of 16 Californians and a total of 143 artists, scholars and scientists chosen to receive Guggenheim Fellowship Awards for 1990. The new fellows will share more than $3.7 million awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, which has held the annual competition for 66 years. Miles' award is for the writing of a book on how religious imagery has been used both to incite and to inhibit violence. Its working title is "The Blood of the Lamb."
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