March 24, 1991 |
Great White's seventh and dumbest album provokes an array of involuntary reactions, from the grimace upon viewing the inside cover illustration of a naked woman straddling a fish hook to eye-rolling at profundities such as "Roller girls ain't no teases / I know she'll do just what she pleases for me." But the most insidious thing about the record is how it brings on uncontrollable foot tapping. Even the most intractable hater of dumb-rock would be hard-pressed to deny the p-a-a-a-r-t-y!
November 27, 2004 |
Authorities banned an issue of Newsweek magazine for publishing material they said was offensive to Islam, local media reported Friday. A government official in Islamabad ordered the "forfeiture of all copies of the weekly Newsweek of Nov. 22," the state-run agency Associated Press of Pakistan reported, quoting Tariq Mahmood Bajwa, a government official in the capital. The edition published "objectionable remarks ... tantamount to desecration of the Koran," the agency said.
December 2, 2007 |
A quick scan of any greeting card aisle will tell you that almost nothing says love faster than the red rose. And marketers behind two romantic films this season have taken the rose motif and run with it. The poster for the just-released "Love in the Time of Cholera" features a large, single red rose hanging against a stark, black background. A small stream of carefully placed dewdrops (or are they teardrops?) falls onto a rose petal that discreetly covers a naked woman's back.
August 28, 2009 |
Authorities in the art world cast doubt on the authenticity of an alleged Picasso painting that was seized by Iraqi police south of Baghdad. "The Naked Woman," which police claimed was painted by Picasso, was seized near the southern city of Hillah on Tuesday after a man allegedly tried to sell it for $450,000. Iraqi police said the painting appeared to have been stolen from Kuwait after Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion. But the painting has a tag on the back with several misspellings that says it was sold by "the louvre" to "the museum of kuwait," with the words Louvre and Kuwait in lower case.
April 14, 2005 |
A new self-portrait by Lucian Freud, who is widely considered Britain's greatest living figurative artist, went on display Wednesday at London's National Portrait Gallery. "The Painter Surprised by a Naked Admirer" shows the 82-year-old standing in his paint-splattered studio while a naked woman crouching on the floor clutches his leg. The oil painting, measuring 54 by 42 inches, features Freud's trademark use of muddy colors to depict worn and irregular naked human flesh.
January 6, 2009 |
Louise Erdrich is an immensely satisfying storyteller who molds her novels from the clay of her short fiction. In the preface to "The Red Convertible," a collection of her new and selected stories, Erdrich writes that these pieces later "gather force and weight and complexity" to generate whole books, woven densely as tapestries. This anthology returns 30 of those stories, which eventually became parts of 11 novels, to their original, unentangled forms.
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April 24, 2007 |
On their final night alive, Kevin and Joni Park checked into a bluff-top bungalow at one of the West Coast's toniest resorts packing a gun and a bag of ammunition. The Mission Viejo couple used a fake name, police said, and paid for their $2,200-a-night lodgings in cash. They brought piles of money and boxes of mysterious documents.
September 4, 1988 |
The tragic story of China's decade-long Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) is no longer unfamiliar to Western readers. The ordeal of both older victims and youthful Red Guard perpetrators has been vividly recounted in several gripping memoirs, the legacy of survivors who have begun to reconstruct a painful and still not fully explicable past.
November 19, 1988 |
Has Davy Crockett changed between 1955 and 1988? I can't recall Davy eyeing a beautiful young woman (Cheryl Arutt) skinny-dipping in the original 1954-55 shows, as he does in the two-hour "Rainbow in the Thunder," the first of five new "Davy Crockett" episodes that will appear on "The Magical World of Disney" this season (Sunday at 7 p.m., Channels 4, 36 and 39). Still, the new Davy (Tim Dunigan) doesn't forget about his unseen wife and kids.