October 18, 2004 |
The Universal Hunger for Liberty Why the Clash of Civilizations Is Not Inevitable Michael Novak Basic Books: 282 pp., $26 * MORAL philosopher Michael Novak takes up questions of concern to many contemporary Western thinkers: Are the civilizations that arose from Judaism and Christianity inevitably in conflict with those that arose from Islam, or are reconciliation and cooperation possible?
May 28, 1996 |
At Richard Telles Fine Art, new works by Pae White, Richard Hawkins and Ginny Bishton look good, if completely disparate. Bishton continues to be one of the younger L.A. artists to watch. Her tightly compressed drawings and constellations of tiny photographs are (to use an embarrassing but still useful word) intense. Her piece here is more overtly luscious: a massive collage of photographs of crumpled items of brightly colored and patterned clothing.
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May 27, 1999 |
A former director of counseling at UCLA has been indicted for allegedly stealing an original 19th century oil painting from the university and selling it to a New York art gallery, authorities said Wednesday. Jane Crawford is accused of stealing "Frost Flowers, Ipswich 1889" by American painter Arthur Wesley Dow, Assistant U. S. Atty. Ranee Katzenstein said. Crawford, 50, of Van Nuys, was indicted late Tuesday in U. S. District Court in Los Angeles on five counts of fraud.
January 14, 1994 |
A Santa Barbara art collector has promised to donate paintings, sculptures and carvings worth $5.5 million to the Conejo Valley Art Museum--but only if the museum can move to a new location, which could cost millions of dollars. Now located in a cramped storefront in the Janss Mall, the Conejo Valley Art Museum operates as a gallery, displaying new exhibits every few months.
January 31, 2005 |
A recent obsession in the drawing rooms and salons of Europe is the fact that a plurality of Americans (22%) cited "moral values" as their main reason for going to the polls. To civilized Europeans, the culture wars -- God, gays and guns -- are the most risible bit of American politics. Ever since 1945, European elites have preferred their politics to be technocratic -- mainly managing capitalism for the common good, rather than tackling private issues of faith and morality.
August 11, 2004 |
In Europe, nothing happens in August. It is not, of course, that absolutely everyone is on holiday. There are still an unhappy few slogging in to work. But the commuter train is half empty, the flow of traffic at rush hour is uncannily smooth. Virtually no serious decision can be taken in a London office throughout this month because there is always at least one key executive on holiday. The effect of high summer on other European cities is even more dramatic.
June 14, 1987 |
This account of the Netherlands in the 17th Century is a brilliantly written interpretation of the cultural development of a nation that attained a high level of wealth, power, and civilization while scarcely out of the diapers of its infancy. Seldom has the Western world witnessed the achievement of such all-encompassing national excellence; and perhaps never in such a brief span of time.
February 15, 2004 |
This latest book by George Steiner is a series of reflections on "the charged personal encounter between master and disciple." Originally delivered as the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard two years ago, the book is at once provocative and sobering. Acknowledging that the very terms "master" and "disciple" will seem to most Americans in "our present age of irreverence" more or less preposterous or laughable, Steiner defends them by examining what is at stake in the pedagogic encounter.
September 25, 2011 |
American Dreamers How the Left Changed a Nation Michael Kazin Alfred A. Knopf: 330 pps., $27.95 With "American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation," Michael Kazin tackles a conventional wisdom so deeply believed that even those it disparages tend to accept it - namely, that the history of the American left, for all its drama and artistry, brilliance and passion, is one of failure. It is, in that telling, a story of causes unfulfilled, elections lost, unions busted, communes dispersed.
May 17, 2001
The future didn't look too bright for Blues Traveler at the end of the last decade. Singer and harmonicat John Popper was suffering through severe health problems, and bassist Bobby Sheehan died in 1999. Now Popper and company are back with "Bridge," their first album since 1997, and a new bassist, Tad Kinchla, brother of guitarist Chad Kinchla. * Blues Traveler, with Pete Yorn, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, L.A. 7 p.m.