March 1, 1997
The discrepancy between what theater critic Laurie Winer expressed about my play, "To Take Arms," and what the majority of the audience, both black and white, is expressing, amazes me (" 'To Take Arms' Struggles to Find Real-Life Drama," Feb. 11). But I understand Winer's confusion. She thought the play was about oppression, about the humanity of the slaves vs. the inhumanity of the slave owners, because that is what plays set in the antebellum South with slaves in them are usually about.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1988
I guess that I can live with two Dukes in 1989: one in Sacramento and one in the White House. However, in 1990, we've got to reduce the American nobility by 50%. JAMES A. GLYNN Bakersfield
June 28, 1994 |
Count Joseph Kinsky stands tall beside the weathered gables of his family's Georgian-style castle. Forty years under communism, including a jail term and labor in the uranium mines, did little to diminish his noble demeanor. The castle, on the other hand, is a wreck. Seized by the government when Communists took control in 1948, the 27-room chateau was used for pig breeding, then left to rot.
September 4, 1988
Your July 17 edition of "Nonfiction in Brief" contained a review of Maynard Solomon's "Beethoven Essays" by Sonja Bolle. In it, the following statement was made: ". . . and his pretentions to nobility (the 'Von' was not his by birthright)." Beethoven's name was not Von Beethoven but Ludwig van Beethoven and certainly his birthright! The family was of Dutch origin and retained their Dutch name after settling in Germany. The Dutch "van" has nothing to do with nobility--it merely means "from."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1992
Now is the time for the "lucky" people of Los Angeles to practice a little noblesse oblige . This old-fashioned term means the obligations of the nobility. In these days the nobility are the wealthy. My suggestion is that almost everyone whose income is $100,000 a year or more, of which there are a great number in Los Angeles, should contribute at least $1,000 to a fund to help those who lost everything in rebuilding. The fund could be managed by a coalition of leaders from various ethnic groups.
May 20, 1988
The British nobility, or peerage, consists of five ranks created by the Crown. They are, in descending order, duke, marquess, earl, viscount and baron, or, in the case of women, duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess and baroness. One of the privileges of nobility is sitting in the House of Lords. Peerages are for the most part hereditary, passing from father to eldest son, although provision has been made in special cases for the title to pass to a daughter if the male line should fail.