December 11, 2009 |
There have always been good dogs and bad dogs. The good dogs come when you call, romp happily with the children and stay off the sofa. The bad dogs chase after cars, trample the flower beds and pass wind under the coffee table. Then there are the really bad dogs -- the cat-killers, face-biters and snarling, drooling wretches so mean even their owners want them shot. Those are Steve Markwell's kind of dogs. FOR THE RECORD: Dog sanctuary: In Friday's Section A, a photo accompanying an article on a sanctuary for mean dogs in Washington state was credited to Kim Murphy of the Los Angeles Times.
October 19, 2008 |
In JULY 2007, Colette Labouff Atkinson, associate director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at UC Irvine, noted in the online magazine Babble that, faced with early menopause, she'd decided to birth a book. "[W]hat nagged me nights when I'd bolt upright in bed," she wrote, "wasn't that I didn't have children; it was that I hadn't finished a book." Fifteen months later, Atkinson has her book -- the prose poetry collection "Mean" (University of Chicago Press: 52 pp.
February 7, 2008 |
What to say about "Lipstick Jungle" when the title alone says it all? Power babes duking it out in the big city (because, presumably, if they were rural power babes, lipstick wouldn't figure in so heavily). Me, I'm not so crazy about reducing an entire gender, particularly my own, to a cosmetic. And as for "jungle," well, there's only one power species in the jungle, and that's a cat, a metaphor that just doesn't seem terribly modern, does it?
February 11, 2007 |
HUGH GRANT is sent many scripts for romantic comedies. "There's one sitting on my computer right now," the movie star says from his home in England. "It starts in hell. I won't go any further." Indeed, what's offered to Grant, the swankily good-looking, ironic star of such memorable romances as "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill," often isn't pretty. Or romantic. Or funny.
November 19, 2002 |
Thanks to his graceful ease playing leading men in romantic comedies, Morris Chestnut has developed into a matinee idol among African American women. During the production of the 1999 film "The Best Man," the makeup artists nicknamed him "Dark Gable" -- and this was before his roles in "The Brothers" and "Two Can Play That Game," both of which came out last year.
October 9, 2002 |
So this, the Angels have learned, is what is known as "Minnesota Nice." Nice easy sinkers on the corners. Nice slow changeups at the knees. Nice grounders beat into the carpet. Nice way to start an American League championship series. Seemingly moments after walking away from a Bronx street rumble, the Angels stepped into a pillow fight.