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January 8, 1994
Clinton to Perot: "GATTcha!" JONATHAN FOBER San Diego
December 5, 2013 |
"Isn't Mandela still president?" That startling question came from a homeless teenager in a Cape Town township during an interview in 2007, as I set off around South Africa to explore the meaning of freedom in the lives of young people. At first, I thought Jonathan was pulling my leg. A gangly 17-year-old, he loved to tease outsiders. By then, Mandela had been out of office for eight years, having famously stepped away from power after a single term as president. His successors, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, were in the midst of a nasty, enervating battle for control of the ruling party, the African National Congress, and stories about their schism led nearly every newscast.
January 20, 2000 |
Truth is the oxygen of love. This ancient but easily forgotten verity is at the heart of Margot Livesey's clever, lively, sometimes hilarious new novel "The Missing World," which follows a group of up-to-date Londoners through their romantic mishaps and existential quandaries. The book is also a meditation on the moral economy of memory--on the price, that is, of denying what one has done and who one is.
June 1, 2008 |
Frozen-yogurt shop employee Jonathan is oversmart and underemployed, and very early on in the novel "Girl Factory" by Jim Krusoe (Tin House: 196 pp., $14.95 paper) we realize he's also not quite right. After he learns about a hyper-intelligent, military-bred dog at a local shelter, he determines that he will be the one to rescue the animal: "I went back inside to find a jacket, and it was really more as an afterthought than anything that I took along a crowbar, slipping it up my sleeve so as not to alarm anyone."
HOME & GARDEN
June 4, 2011 |
Starting over at age 70 would be hard enough. But when an electrical fire destroyed her Los Angeles home, Bobby Blatt didn't just reconstruct what was lost. She built something better. "After 40 years here, the fire was absolutely numbing," she said. "But I didn't want my life to change just because my house changed. " Bobby still worked as a faculty member in the School Management Program at UCLA, and she still wanted to play host for holidays, birthdays and vacations — gatherings that had always been a part of her life.
June 9, 1991 |
For 52 years, Morris and Mollie Pollard have been partners in life, building a home, rearing a family and traveling the world together. Now they share something else: fear. They worry about their son, Jonathan, who is serving a life prison term for selling secrets to Israel. They wonder if they will live to see him a free man again. And they are haunted by questions about themselves.