February 18, 2000 |
My Jan. 21 column about dirty tricks credit card companies play on consumers drew quite a response. Readers wrote to share their own stories of bad service, unfair practices and ridiculous fees. But a few people also tried to blame the companies for problems that were their own damn fault. One writer whined about a bank that jacked up his interest rate after he missed a payment.
April 21, 1989 |
Failure to Zigzag by Jane Vandenburgh (North Point Press: $16.95; 329 pages) If you saw 14-year-old Charlotte and her mother, Katrinka, at the soda fountain in Montrose, you'd think they were winding up a mother-daughter shopping trip, but if you were within earshot, you'd soon realize that this was no ordinary excursion. Katrinka is loudly insisting she's being pursued by teams of psychiatrists from Camarillo; Charlotte is desperately trying to calm her down. After the first few sentences, it's plain that Katrinka is no delightfully madcap mom but a woman temporarily furloughed from the mental hospital; not madcap but truly mad. From that point on, pleasure in the mordant satire and witty dialogue is edged with guilt and pity for the child who so valiantly attempts to understand and cope.
May 31, 1985 |
It's getting so you can't wear your rhinestones anymore without someone screeching "Madonna Wanna-Be" from the window of a passing car. That's Madonna talk for anyone who looks like a clone of the pop singer herself, whose junk jewels and boxer shorts, curvy skirts and corsets, lace leggings and lame blazers are causing something of a fashion sensation. Until now her admirers have scavenged their Wanna-Be wardrobe from lingerie drawers, gym bags and thrift shops.
April 20, 1986 |
Col. Moammar Kadafi invited what happened to his country, his people, and his family, last Monday night. And even now he continues to set the terms of the confrontation. Whether he is or is not specifically responsible for the terrorist attacks at the La Belle Club discotheque in West Berlin and the Rome and Vienna airports, he has certainly been responsible for other outrages and has contributed heavily to a moral climate in the Islamic world justifying terrorism.
September 8, 2001
Regarding the current "Rat Race" and the 1963 "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" (Morning Report, Aug. 25): Stanley Kramer's widow, Karen Kramer, is, of course, entitled to refer to her husband's film as "a brilliant classic," but in fact "Mad Mad World" is an overblown bore that was seen as such when it first came out and has not improved with age. Kramer was a well-meaning, earnest fellow who produced and directed some important films, but well-meaningness and...
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April 21, 1987
As far back as the Greeks, people have suspected that there is a link between creativity and madness, and now there is some statistical evidence to support that view. Writing in the current issue of Psychology Today, Constance Holden reports on findings that show that writers in particular are significantly more likely to experience and be treated for mood disorders than are others in the general population. A study of 30 top-flight American writers over 15 years by Nancy C.
February 26, 2012 |
At 10:15 a.m. on a Tuesday during New York Fashion Week, Brad Goreski steps out of the tents at Lincoln Center kitted out in a pair of distressed Dsquared2 jeans, a chambray Michael Kors shirt and a pair of Christian Louboutin high-top sneakers finished off with a color-blocked leather motorcycle jacket in black and a shade of cobalt blue so vivid it catches the eye from across the street. An unabashed peacock of the fashion flock, the bespectacled star ofBravo's"It's a Brad, Brad World" is having a hard time making it a couple of hundred feet to Columbus Avenue thanks to a scrum of reporters, photographers and fans.
August 11, 2008 |
“Mad Men,” season premiere, AMC, July 27. The premise: It's 1963, and Don Draper (Jon Hamm), a 36-year-old creative director for Sterling Cooper advertising agency, needs a physical. He visits his regular physician, whom he hasn't seen in "quite some time," acknowledging that he has a high-tension job and that he consumes five alcoholic drinks and two packs of cigarettes per day. The doctor discovers that Draper has high blood pressure.
October 20, 2000 |
"Peter Grimes"--Benjamin Britten's tragic opera about a tormented, cruel fisherman rooted in a harsh land and bleak climate, and subject to an intolerant society--suggests a theme and place far distant from sunny, friendly Southern California. Even "Aida" feels closer to home. There will never be a Disney "Grimes."