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September 30, 1990 | CHARLES SOLOMON
The characters in these stories by the National Book Award winner seem to skate over the surface of reality without ever touching it. In "A More Complete Cross-Section," the narrator is so completely out of touch with his life that the external world becomes something he can't quite believe in, like a bad film.
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December 5, 2010 | By Troy Jollimore, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Compass Rose A Novel John Casey Alfred A. Knopf: 362 pp., $27.95 John Casey's National Book Award-winning 1989 novel, "Spartina," told the story of Dick Pierce, a small-time fisherman in South County, R.I., who is buoyed by big dreams and plagued with big problems. His biggest dream is to finish building his boat ? the Spartina of the title ? and so become a successful independent fisherman. His problems arise, largely, from his struggles to finish the boat: There is never enough time, never enough money, and, of course, there are those pesky hurricanes to deal with.
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July 23, 1989 | Dan Byrne, Byrne is a former news editor at The Times. and
Dick Pierce is a Rhode Island lobsterman who lives near a salt marsh in which a grass called spartina grows. Spartina is tenacious stuff that survives by separating the water from the salt. Dick's roots are in the salt marsh. A creek there is named Pierce Creek after his family. At one time, Pierces owned all of Sawtooth Island, but his forbears sold it off piecemeal. Houses of the rich are scattered around the island and a resort development is planned.
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June 2, 2002 | LAURA CIOLKOWSKI, Laura Ciolkowski is a freelance writer and teaches literature at New York University.
In one of Alessandro Boffa's gloriously wacky Ovidian meditations on sex, death and identity, "You're an Animal, Viskovitz!," the shape-changing creature Viskovitz has metamorphosed into a multicellular organism who meets his Maker and is forced to confront the best and the worst of animal life.
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December 4, 1989 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It takes three firm raps on the door, but somewhere within the depths of his three-story home John Casey begins to stir. Two more knocks and he finally appears. His hair is dripping wet, he wears a half-size bathrobe and there is shaving cream clinging to one earlobe. "You're five minutes early," Casey shouts, racing back upstairs. "Or am I five minutes late? Maybe you're on time. Don't worry, I'll put coffee on. Do you want coffee? I hadn't thought to ask. Coffee. Right. I'll be back.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2010 | By Troy Jollimore, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Compass Rose A Novel John Casey Alfred A. Knopf: 362 pp., $27.95 John Casey's National Book Award-winning 1989 novel, "Spartina," told the story of Dick Pierce, a small-time fisherman in South County, R.I., who is buoyed by big dreams and plagued with big problems. His biggest dream is to finish building his boat ? the Spartina of the title ? and so become a successful independent fisherman. His problems arise, largely, from his struggles to finish the boat: There is never enough time, never enough money, and, of course, there are those pesky hurricanes to deal with.
NEWS
April 13, 1998 | MICHAEL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike and his wife, Joss, are political brats--he, the son of an Irish Catholic New Deal politico; she, the daughter of a WASP patrician, "a Navy hero in WWII and then . . . what the French call a haute fonctionnaire in the CIA." Mike himself had been well on the way to a career in Washington when Joss had a short film of hers accepted at the Charlottesville, Va., Film Festival.
BOOKS
June 2, 2002 | LAURA CIOLKOWSKI, Laura Ciolkowski is a freelance writer and teaches literature at New York University.
In one of Alessandro Boffa's gloriously wacky Ovidian meditations on sex, death and identity, "You're an Animal, Viskovitz!," the shape-changing creature Viskovitz has metamorphosed into a multicellular organism who meets his Maker and is forced to confront the best and the worst of animal life.
BUSINESS
May 8, 1985
John Casey has been appointed vice president-national sales and Linda-Marie Loeb was named vice president-marketing of Phoenix Securities Inc., San Rafael, a unit of Phoenix American Inc.
NEWS
April 23, 1987
Jack A. Scott will receive a salary of $85,000 a year, plus an automobile and other fringe benefits, when he becomes president of Pasadena City College on Aug. 1. The Pasadena Community College District also will pay Scott's moving expenses, the board of trustees announced at its meeting last week. Scott's contract will extend through 1990.
NEWS
April 13, 1998 | MICHAEL HARRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike and his wife, Joss, are political brats--he, the son of an Irish Catholic New Deal politico; she, the daughter of a WASP patrician, "a Navy hero in WWII and then . . . what the French call a haute fonctionnaire in the CIA." Mike himself had been well on the way to a career in Washington when Joss had a short film of hers accepted at the Charlottesville, Va., Film Festival.
BOOKS
September 30, 1990 | CHARLES SOLOMON
The characters in these stories by the National Book Award winner seem to skate over the surface of reality without ever touching it. In "A More Complete Cross-Section," the narrator is so completely out of touch with his life that the external world becomes something he can't quite believe in, like a bad film.
NEWS
December 4, 1989 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It takes three firm raps on the door, but somewhere within the depths of his three-story home John Casey begins to stir. Two more knocks and he finally appears. His hair is dripping wet, he wears a half-size bathrobe and there is shaving cream clinging to one earlobe. "You're five minutes early," Casey shouts, racing back upstairs. "Or am I five minutes late? Maybe you're on time. Don't worry, I'll put coffee on. Do you want coffee? I hadn't thought to ask. Coffee. Right. I'll be back.
BOOKS
July 23, 1989 | Dan Byrne, Byrne is a former news editor at The Times. and
Dick Pierce is a Rhode Island lobsterman who lives near a salt marsh in which a grass called spartina grows. Spartina is tenacious stuff that survives by separating the water from the salt. Dick's roots are in the salt marsh. A creek there is named Pierce Creek after his family. At one time, Pierces owned all of Sawtooth Island, but his forbears sold it off piecemeal. Houses of the rich are scattered around the island and a resort development is planned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1987
Salary, Benefits Disclosed: Jack A. Scott, president of Cypress College, will receive a salary of $85,000 a year, plus an automobile and other fringe benefits, when he becomes president of Pasadena City College on Aug. 1. The Pasadena Community College District also will pay Scott's moving expenses, the board of trustees announced at its meeting last week. Scott's contract will extend through 1990.
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