March 2, 1990
I would like to compliment staff writer Nikki Finke on her witty article regarding good manners in the '90s. I have a suggestion I believe covers the field most succinctly, and it has to do with--of all things--golf. As presently codified, the rules and etiquette of golf are far more complicated than any book on manners ever written; however, I would refer you to the ancient rules of golf. Play the course as you find it. Play the ball as it lies. Do what's fair. It seems to me that those rules cover most any social situation I have come across in a long life.
December 25, 1985 |
Like a fancy dessert served after a big Christmas dinner, "The Importance of Being Earnest" is almost too much, so rich are its wit and other comical ingredients. Almost. Somehow, one manages. Even on a day given over to so many other pleasures, the new production of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy that is airing at 8:30 tonight on KCET Channel 28 is worth making time for (if only to set the tape machine so you can watch it in perhaps a less exhausted state).
August 20, 2010 |
When Emma Thompson donned a bulbous nose and a protruding snaggletooth to play the title character in 2005's charming family fantasy "Nanny McPhee," she was seen as playing a kind of anti-Mary Poppins, using a magical walking stick instead of a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Watching Thompson settle again into the taciturn character in "Nanny McPhee Returns," it's clear the actress absolutely loves channeling her inner Shane, playing a calm, authoritative enforcer who arrives, unbidden, to clean up a mess and then rides off into the sunset when her work is done.
November 5, 1989
Let's not be too hard on Mrs. Reagan. The old studio star system didn't provide the contract players with training in protocol, diplomacy or even, alas, good manners. MARY LOU WHITEMORE Brentwood
September 7, 2013
Re "Fostering compassion in children," Opinion, Sept. 2 About three decades ago, some educators and psychologists sold the public on the ridiculous notion that schools should give students self-esteem. Participation trophies were handed out. Children grew up with the false notion that each of them was the center of the universe. Result: two generations of narcissistic, maladjusted twenty- and thirtysomethings, drifting in the wind because they discovered they are not special or entitled.
April 10, 1994
Regarding the letter from J.R.A. Borrie ("Offended," March 27): J. R. A. Borrie manages to convey more about himself than about us--his (American) hosts. It takes an uncommon amount of chutzpah and breach of manners to flaunt one's brash insensitivity as he has done. ANN R. BIEN Anaheim
October 15, 2005 |
Americans' fast-paced, high-tech existence has taken a toll on civility. From road rage in the morning commute to high-decibel cellphone conversations that ruin dinner out, men and women behaving badly have become the hallmark of a hurry-up world. An increasing informality -- flip-flops at the White House, even -- combined with self-absorbed communication gadgets and a demand for instant gratification have strained common courtesies to the breaking point.