January 16, 2010 |
All Max Good ever promised his players was a pair of sneakers and a hard time. He has roused his teams before 5 a.m. for practice and challenged young men one-third his age to fight. The only thing he runs harder than his players is his mouth, which tends to spew words that would have made George Carlin uncomfortable. When the late Sister Peg Dolan, one of the matriarchs of Loyola Marymount, met the Lions basketball coach, she told him her seat was behind the team bench. Good suggested she move elsewhere because of his colorful language.
September 9, 2012 |
D.T. Max knew what he was getting into when he decided to write a biography of David Foster Wallace. In March 2009, he published a long piece in the New Yorker about Wallace's suicide and the author's inability to finish "The Pale King," the novel left incomplete at the time of his death. "It was 10,000 words, an immensity," Max says of his New Yorker article by phone from Long Island, where he is spending the last dwindling days of summer with his family. But even then, he knew there was more to say. Max wanted to get to know the intricacies of Wallace's life more fully.
March 10, 1985 |
Max Au Triangle, 233 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. Reservations, 550-8486. Open for lunch Monday--Friday; for dinner Monday-Saturday. Full bar. Valet parking. All major credit cards accepted. Dinner for 2, $60-$120 (food only). Max is not packed. This is a surprise, for chef Joachim Splichal is one of the stars in the Los Angeles food firmament. It is also a disappointment, for when Max opened three months ago it gave Los Angeles an entirely new interpretation of modern dining.
January 11, 2013 |
What better way to start the new year than with an overlooked classic that is both old and new: directed in 1971 by France's greatly admired Claude Sautet, "Max and the Junkmen" has not been released in the United States until now. Sautet, who died in 2000, was one of his country's great humanist directors, best known to American audiences for films such as "César and Rosalie" with Yves Montand and Romy Schneider and "Un Coeur en Hiver" with Daniel...
January 28, 2007
Kudos to J.R. Moehringer for setting the record straight on the boxing career of Max Baer Sr. ("Mad Max," Jan. 7). It is unfortunate that the director and writer of "Cinderella Man" were too busy to contribute to the article. However, I suspect that they were not too busy to accept the recognition and remuneration that the movie afforded them. Even though the heirs of the deceased cannot sue for libel, there should be a moral compass that Hollywood follows when telling a historical story.
January 21, 2007
J.R. Moehringer's chronicle of Max Baer Jr. struck me as a poignant portrait of a famous man's son who is shadowboxing with his own ghost ("Mad Max," Jan. 7). Although I admire the dedication and enthusiasm in defense of Baer Sr., the junior Baer is tragically, emotionally challenged. I could not help but wonder if he has numerous issues with his father that were never resolved. While his father's congratulatory greeting on junior's 21st birthday was warm, did he ever say "I love you"?