April 22, 2013 |
When I heard that a national law to ban loud TV commercials had taken force in December, I was skeptical. Why did we need a Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM), I wondered, when more urgent issues demanded action? There were nations to invade, marriages to prohibit, guns to enshrine. Loud commercials were just an itch - to scratch it would be like trying to pay the mortgage and replace a burned-out light bulb. If we can ignore global warming, we can ignore loud commercials.
April 21, 2013 |
When John Freeman, the editor of Granta, was setting up Sunday morning's panel discussion on “The Art of the Poetic Line,” he related an anecdote about an exchange between Billy Collins, the former U.S. poet laureate, and Richard Ford, the novelist. How come you novelists get all the credit and all the money, Collins supposedly asked Ford. “It's really hard, Billy,” Ford replied. “You've got to write all the way to end of the page, and all the way down.” Of course, the art of arranging poetic lines on a page -- complete with punctuation (or not)
April 21, 2013 |
You'll have to forgive the nicest guy in the NBA if he ignores your complimentary tweets for several weeks. Jamal Crawford is not being rude. He is, to put it in his words, "#onamission. " The Clippers guard has vowed to stay off Twitter during the playoffs, apologizing to his roughly 279,600 followers with a 140-character missive on the eve of his team's series opener against the Memphis Grizzlies. "Anything worth having is worth working hard for, thank you guys for all the support," Crawford tweeted Friday.
April 5, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers should have been selling red herrings at the souvenir stand. Josh Hamilton says this is not a baseball town, and tens of thousands of actual adults lay in wait for him, hiding behind those words to unleash wave upon wave of fury and indignation. Baseball town, football town, whatever. Hamilton took the money and ran off with the Angels. Boo him if you like - and the sellout crowd at the Rangers' home opener booed him hostilely on Friday during a 3-2 Texas win - but at least be honest about it. Of course this is a football town.
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February 14, 2013 |
Jeremiah MacKay was a regular at Liam's Irish Pub in Colton. He always had a pint of Guinness and a smile, said Yara Alves, the bar's owner. He had Irish roots, and he'd show up, guaranteed, every St. Patrick's Day wearing a kilt and bringing his bagpipe. "He never had anything sad or negative to say," Alves said. "It was as if he never had a bad day. " Alves choked up as she spoke about MacKay, 35, a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who was killed in a firefight Tuesday in an isolated area near Big Bear.
February 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - On the Saturday morning after 7 in 10 Latino voters helped return President Obama to the White House and deliver a crushing defeat to Mitt Romney, Charles E. Schumer, the Democratic senator from New York, scanned his daily list of phone messages and saw that Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, had called. Schumer dialed his number. "I saw your name on my call list, and my heart skipped a beat," he said. "We're getting the band back together," Graham replied.
January 25, 2013 |
A Newhall Hart student wearing a wig and dressed as Moses showed up just before the start of the third quarter of Friday night's Foothill League basketball showdown against host Valencia West Ranch and parted the red-clad student section, igniting Hart fans and adding even more fire to a fired up Hart team. West Ranch couldn't reach the intensity level or equal the sense of urgency exhibited by the Indians, who turned a three-point halftime lead into a convincing 84-65 victory, avenging their only defeat in 22 games this season.
January 21, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah--Carol Solomon's voice-over career isn't exactly blossoming. Carol is the central character of Lake Bell's Sundance movie “In a World…,” and at the start of the film, she's getting by on odd jobs. Carol (Bell) is coaching Eva Longoria on her pronunciation so she sounds less like a “retarded pirate,” and hoping she can score work doing commercials for Sunny Delight. But work problems aren't Carol's only worries. Carol is being kicked out of her house by her father, Sam (Fred Melamed)
January 12, 2013 |
BOULDER, Colo. -- The collective primal scream that burst through UCLA's locker room door said a lot Saturday. The way Coach Ben Howland barreled through his postgame opening statement said more. Howland was giddy. Yes, giddy. "He's happy," forward Travis Wear said. "We all are. We're where we want to be. " That would be heading home, after four days in the mountains that was anything but a trip down the bunny slopes. The Bruins couldn't exhale until a three-point shot by Askia Booker clanged off the rim, preserving a 78-75 victory.
January 11, 2013 |
Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See A Novel Juliann Garey Soho Press: 30 pp, $25 Gird yourself: Greyson Todd, the narrator of Juliann Garey's "Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See," is a bipolar studio executive, and sharing his head space can be a fascinating, grueling trip down the path of mental illness. Greyson shades toward the antihero, asking you to hate him nearly as much as he hates himself. He offers little quarter for the timid. Still, I could not help emerging from Garey's first novel with a deep sympathy for Greyson and admiration for his creator.