September 1, 1985
From reading your article on teen magazines, it seems the key to success for them in today's market is to take the grotesque and glamorize it; making the abnormal not only the normal but in fact the preferred. How times have changed! MICHAEL LEVINE Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1996
Mayor [Richard] Riordan may have reasons for not responding to Michael Levine's Statue of Responsibility business proposal (Taking Up the Torch, Oct. 8), but he will be remiss if he passes up this opportunity to comment favorably upon and support the concept that "liberty comes with responsibility." For too long, people have confused the concepts of liberty and rights. That our Constitution provides us incredible liberties does not mean we are automatically due everything by rights.
May 31, 1985 |
As if everybody weren't already sufficiently unnerved by both art and reality, Leonard Koscianski hypes the jitters with truly scary paintings. Their theme is primal violence lurking just under the placid surface of suburban life. We see modest neighborhoods in the feverish colors of summer nights, undisturbed by the fact that a monstrous fish is pouncing on a dragonfly the size of an eagle. Birds fly in formation away from a burning field as if they were warplanes that had ignited the blaze.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1996 |
Michael Levine is upset. He sees abandonment of personal responsibility as a very real threat to society. And he thinks that now is the time to spark a "prairie fire" of dialogue about the problem. So Levine has proposed that a Statue of Responsibility, akin to that more well-known statue in New York Harbor, be built on the West Coast to remind people that with liberty comes responsibility.
March 14, 1990 |
For 25 years, Michael Levine, a former star undercover agent for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, avoided recognition because his life depended on it. The wrong use of a slang term or a flicker of a tense eyebrow would have been enough to blow his cover and get him killed on a Harlem street or in the tropical heat of Panama, where he operated in disguise to bring drug criminals to justice. But now, Levine, 50, is seeking exposure.
July 8, 1999 |
No More Neon: Monty's Steakhouse, the Westwood fixture set atop the Westwood Center building at 1100 Glendon Ave., has closed. Arden Realty Inc. purchased the building in early '98 with plans to renovate it completely from the outside in. Monty's had been entrenched in the penthouse since 1969 (the structure dates from '65). During its reign, its neon sign became a landmark and its dark interior saw lots of interesting events, including Snoop Doggy Dogg's acquittal party.