September 21, 2003 |
The exploration in philosophy and psychology of the nature of the self is among the most vexing yet enticing of all enterprises. For Immanuel Kant, the self is a form of consciousness that we experience essentially when we reflect upon it. Said differently, it is in the act of reflecting on my self that it reveals itself to me. It is not, in other words, anything that may be called embodied. You can't lay your hands upon it or discern it on an MRI.
May 24, 1987 |
Ever since the 13th Century, when Marco Polo described his journey to the Mongol court, travelers to China have written memoirs of their encounters with this ancient and enigmatic culture. The decade since China's most recent opening to the West has vastly expanded an already extensive literature.
August 2, 2010
POP MUSIC Ferraby Lionheart The folksy singer-songwriter, who has sown his musical oats in both L.A. and Nashville, celebrates the release of his sophomore long player, "The Jack of Hearts," which hits stores Tuesday. Expect an ambient evening of longing-filled story songs and deft country-infused instrumentation, including soon-to-be hits "Harry & Bess" and "Arkansas." Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Echo Park. 8:30 p.m. Free. (213) 389-3856. http://www.bootlegtheater.
April 29, 2001 |
The city of Glendale was a recurring presence in California popular culture a half century ago--as a running gag. Glendale seemed to most Angelenos like the back of beyond: a place so remote and socially deprived that its very name was good for a laugh. In a play on the CBS Radio show "Suspense" in 1948, private eye Sam Spade answered the question, "Do you think all private dicks are clever?"
October 31, 1999
I'd like to thank The Times for publishing Duane Noriyuki's three-part series (Oct. 24-26) about returning to his family home to garden with his father. For all of us who would agree that "the words that fathers and sons speak to each other are never quite right," his story is a cheering reminder that understanding and reconciliation are possible even when words fail us. I thought it might interest readers who enjoyed the series to know that Duane Noriyuki is a father figure not only to his two daughters, but to a growing number of boys incarcerated at Central Juvenile Hall in East L.A. He teaches a writing class there as a volunteer to boys, ages 16 to 18, many of whom are facing life sentences in adult prison.
May 29, 1993 |
Canadian retailers were geared to sell truckloads of Toronto Maple Leaf merchandise if the Maple Leafs won Game 6 of their NHL semifinal series against the Kings on Thursday night. But because the Kings won, 5-4, in overtime to tie the series at three games apiece, the sale is on hold pending the result of tonight's final game at Toronto.
January 17, 1991 |
There are people who sparkle at a dinner table and struggle on a hike. They have a spirit that is agile in repose and that turns awkward and short-winded when it has to manipulate legs, feet and a backpack across open terrain. A few years ago, Mark Salzman wrote a graceful and trenchant memoir of the time he spent in China teaching English and studying martial arts. That, of course, may sound more like the hike than the dinner table.
October 18, 2001
All public programs scheduled in conjunction with "The World From Here" exhibition are free and open to the public and will be at the UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. (310) 443-7000. "An Infinity of Good, Singular and Remarkable Books," lecture by Nicolas Barker, former head of conservation at the British Library. Sunday, 3 p.m. (310) 443-7000.