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October 31, 1993 | WILLIAM MOSES HOFFMAN, William Moses Hoffman wrote the libretto to "Ghosts of Versailles," which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1991. His play "As Is" won a Drama Desk Award and an Obie.
The Blessed Mother was sitting backward," the nun had said to the Pakistani gentleman opposite me on the train from Dublin to Ballina. I didn't understand what the sister meant until James McCourt explained that she must have been referring to the miraculous visitation of the Virgin at Knock, in western Ireland, in 1879. "I know," McCourt said coyly, "because I myself once saw her sitting backward, between St. Joseph and John the Evangelist.
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November 4, 2007 | Steven Moore, Steven Moore is the author of several books, including "A Reader's Guide to William Gaddis's 'The Recognitions.' " He is writing a history of the novel.
In 1975, James McCourt published the most delightful novel about the opera milieu ever written, "Mawrdew Czgowchwz" (pronounced mardu gorgeous), detailing the triumphant 1956 season of a Czech-Irish singer. It is also the brainiest -- a tour de force of opera lore and Celtic mythology -- and written in an erudite style that approaches Joycean heights. (It was reissued a few years ago by New York Review Books and is ardently recommended.
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November 4, 2007 | Steven Moore, Steven Moore is the author of several books, including "A Reader's Guide to William Gaddis's 'The Recognitions.' " He is writing a history of the novel.
In 1975, James McCourt published the most delightful novel about the opera milieu ever written, "Mawrdew Czgowchwz" (pronounced mardu gorgeous), detailing the triumphant 1956 season of a Czech-Irish singer. It is also the brainiest -- a tour de force of opera lore and Celtic mythology -- and written in an erudite style that approaches Joycean heights. (It was reissued a few years ago by New York Review Books and is ardently recommended.
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November 30, 2003 | Edmund White, Edmund White is the author of numerous books, including "Fanny: A Fiction," "Genet: A Biography" and "States of Desire: Travels in Gay America."
Homosexuality is the most obvious and often-practiced erotic alternative to heterosexuality and the one, because it shades into friendship and rivalry, fealty and rebellion, that calls on an extraordinarily wide range of human sentiments and institutions. In the 20th century, it became a theme that haunted most of the best writers of fiction: D.H. Lawrence and Andre Gide, Jean Genet and Marcel Proust, Christopher Isherwood and Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf and Willa Cather.
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December 11, 1994
There is always something in the Los Angeles Times Magazine that interests me, but the Nov. 6 issue was a particular joy, beginning with "Duet With a Diva," by James McCourt. No singer has given me as much pleasure as Victoria de los Angeles in the many recitals I attended here and in New York during the '60s and '70s. Then the article about Jim Wallis was fascinating. To read about a man who practices justice and tolerance was especially wonderful after the recent dismal political campaigns.
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November 6, 1994 | JAMES MCCOURT, James McCourt is the author of "Kaye Wayfaring in 'Avenged , ' " "Time Remaining" and "Mawrdew Cvgowchwz," the saga of the ultimate opera diva . He is working on a biography of Victoria de los Angeles for Knopf.
Victoria de los Angeles has changed. The dark diva with the gloriously soulful eyes, whose image illuminated the closing ceremony of the 1992 Olympics, has just turned 71. The city of Barcelona turned out in force to celebrate De los Angeles' 50th year on stage, one of the longest careers in the history of opera.
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July 7, 2002 | GAVIN LAMBERT, Gavin Lambert is the author of "Inside Daisy Clover" and "The Slide Area," which were recently reissued. His most recent books are "On Cukor" and "Mainly About Lindsay Anderson."
The legendary Hollywood star Kaye Wayfaring made her fictional debut in James McCourt's "Kaye Wayfaring in 'Avenged' "--"Avenged" being the title of the Hollywood star's first comeback movie in the early 1980s.
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July 7, 2002 | PATRICK GILES, Patrick Giles is associate editor of Interview magazine.
To answer your first question: It's pronounced "Mardu Gorgeous." Next answer: It's the name of the heroine of this novel, first published in 1975, set in a kingdom of creativity, style, high standards and pleasure called Greater New York. Into that exciting and self-involved late '40s metropolis descends a goddess, a near-unknown Czech singer discovered by seven local opera fanatics.
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November 30, 2003 | Edmund White, Edmund White is the author of numerous books, including "Fanny: A Fiction," "Genet: A Biography" and "States of Desire: Travels in Gay America."
Homosexuality is the most obvious and often-practiced erotic alternative to heterosexuality and the one, because it shades into friendship and rivalry, fealty and rebellion, that calls on an extraordinarily wide range of human sentiments and institutions. In the 20th century, it became a theme that haunted most of the best writers of fiction: D.H. Lawrence and Andre Gide, Jean Genet and Marcel Proust, Christopher Isherwood and Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf and Willa Cather.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1995
Although several candidates who were shrilly opposed to gun restrictions won key races last November, we're happy to report that more than a few local and state officials remain vigilant in their efforts to limit the proliferation of firearms. The Fresno City Council on Tuesday wisely defeated an ordinance that would have led to almost unrestricted issuing of concealed-weapon permits and to surely thousands more guns being carried in public places.
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July 7, 2002 | PATRICK GILES, Patrick Giles is associate editor of Interview magazine.
To answer your first question: It's pronounced "Mardu Gorgeous." Next answer: It's the name of the heroine of this novel, first published in 1975, set in a kingdom of creativity, style, high standards and pleasure called Greater New York. Into that exciting and self-involved late '40s metropolis descends a goddess, a near-unknown Czech singer discovered by seven local opera fanatics.
BOOKS
July 7, 2002 | GAVIN LAMBERT, Gavin Lambert is the author of "Inside Daisy Clover" and "The Slide Area," which were recently reissued. His most recent books are "On Cukor" and "Mainly About Lindsay Anderson."
The legendary Hollywood star Kaye Wayfaring made her fictional debut in James McCourt's "Kaye Wayfaring in 'Avenged' "--"Avenged" being the title of the Hollywood star's first comeback movie in the early 1980s.
MAGAZINE
December 11, 1994
There is always something in the Los Angeles Times Magazine that interests me, but the Nov. 6 issue was a particular joy, beginning with "Duet With a Diva," by James McCourt. No singer has given me as much pleasure as Victoria de los Angeles in the many recitals I attended here and in New York during the '60s and '70s. Then the article about Jim Wallis was fascinating. To read about a man who practices justice and tolerance was especially wonderful after the recent dismal political campaigns.
MAGAZINE
November 6, 1994 | JAMES MCCOURT, James McCourt is the author of "Kaye Wayfaring in 'Avenged , ' " "Time Remaining" and "Mawrdew Cvgowchwz," the saga of the ultimate opera diva . He is working on a biography of Victoria de los Angeles for Knopf.
Victoria de los Angeles has changed. The dark diva with the gloriously soulful eyes, whose image illuminated the closing ceremony of the 1992 Olympics, has just turned 71. The city of Barcelona turned out in force to celebrate De los Angeles' 50th year on stage, one of the longest careers in the history of opera.
MAGAZINE
October 31, 1993 | WILLIAM MOSES HOFFMAN, William Moses Hoffman wrote the libretto to "Ghosts of Versailles," which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1991. His play "As Is" won a Drama Desk Award and an Obie.
The Blessed Mother was sitting backward," the nun had said to the Pakistani gentleman opposite me on the train from Dublin to Ballina. I didn't understand what the sister meant until James McCourt explained that she must have been referring to the miraculous visitation of the Virgin at Knock, in western Ireland, in 1879. "I know," McCourt said coyly, "because I myself once saw her sitting backward, between St. Joseph and John the Evangelist.
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October 16, 1994 | MICHELLE HUNEVEN
27 September, at Duttons in Brentwood Anne Lamott signs "Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life" (Pantheon). "You're so nice to wait in line," she calls out. "You should all get checks." She turns to the cashier next to her. "Excuse me," she says, "will you please write these people some checks?" In line are several women with babies, one of whom tells Lamott: "We never would have survived without 'Operating Instructions,' " Lamott's journal of her son Sam's first year.
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December 26, 2006 | James McCourt, Special to The Times
A fish rots from the head down. T.J.
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