November 27, 2013 |
There's no doubt that public education has neglected World War I, with history teachers squeezing in a few lectures before launching into succeeding conflicts. Literature has been kinder to the Great War, offering many opportunities to remedy that oversight. Shell shock alone has been the subject of scores of novels (most notably Pat Barker's "Regeneration" trilogy) that remind us how WWI inextricably altered the trajectory - and the mythology - of the heroic soldier. Now Anita Shreve, the bestselling author of "The Pilot's Wife" and "The Weight of Water," has joined the ranks of writers who want to plumb the depths of shell shock's despair and disruptions.
November 26, 2013 |
As you contemplate your blessings at Thanksgiving, here's one for which you can thank an Englishman: the toothbrush. That's just one of the things you'll learn at a small dental museum hidden in the upper-crust medical area of London. It's offbeat to be sure, but one you can, well, sink your teeth into. The British Dental Museum 's 20,000 items tell much of the history of the discipline, including the fact that William Addis, confined in Newgate jail after participating in a riot, was key to helping people embrace the brush.
November 15, 2013 |
A sellout crowd, the first of the season at the Coliseum, will be on hand to see whether USC can end its four-game losing streak against Stanford. Staff writer Gary Klein examines the story lines: On the edge The spotlight will be on the skill-position players, but keep an eye on USC offensive tackles Chad Wheeler and Kevin Graf. Their performances could determine the Trojans' fate on offense. Wheeler is a redshirt freshman, Graf a three-year starter who came back last week from an ankle injury.
November 10, 2013 |
Just when it seemed as though Tyler, the Creator was concluding a typically frenetic set during Odd Future's second annual Camp Flog Gnaw carnival, the rapper, producer, designer, director and merchandise king let on that a friend had arrived to perform a few songs. Tyler, who co-founded Odd Future, has many friends, but few in the crowd expected what came next. Tyler introduced Kanye West, an impressively kept secret, and the crowd in the park outside Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum bellowed with baffled joy. West, who recently had to postpone his own tour due to tech issues, waltzed out to a hero's welcome in his adopted town, and for two songs confirmed for the youth both his power and influence.
November 5, 2013 |
In a move sure to please religious conservatives, President Obama's Justice Department filed a brief in the Supreme Court in favor of allowing overtly Christian prayers before city council meetings. It's an inexplicable move, and it's one more befitting a Republican administration than one headed by a Democrat and a constitutional scholar. The case is Town of Greece vs. Galloway, and it's set to be argued in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Greece is a suburb of Rochester, N.Y. Until 1999, its Town Board opened meetings with a moment of silence - a practice that excludes no one. But then Town Supervisor John Auberger initiated a policy change, and the town began inviting clergy to open meetings with a prayer.
November 4, 2013 |
Michelle Pfeiffer revealed an interesting tidbit over the weekend: She was once unwittingly a member of a cult. Pfeiffer told the Daily Telegraph's Sunday magazine, Stella, that as an up-and-coming actress, around age 20, she'd fallen in with a Los Angeles couple who acted as "kind of personal trainers" and were "very controlling. " Now a strict vegan, Pfeiffer was put on a diet by the unnamed couple, who also worked with weight training. "Their thing was vegetarianism," she said (via the Daily Telegraph )
November 1, 2013 |
It is not a shock to open a paper to find Florida State listed as a 22-point favorite. The Seminoles (7-0) are No. 3 in the Bowl Championship Series standings and have defeated their last three opponents by a combined score of 163-31. Florida State is very good, if not tremendous. It is a shock to open a paper to find Florida State listed as a 22-point favorite over Miami. It would be one thing if Miami were 0-7 and unranked, but Miami is 7-0 and ranked No. 7. It would be one thing if Miami has struggled against Florida State, but the Hurricanes lead the all-time series, 31-26, and 14-9 in Tallahassee.
October 31, 2013 |
The $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic suffered a major defection Thursday when trainer Bill Mott announced that Ron The Greek, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, would be scratched from Saturday's race at Santa Anita because of a quarter crack. Ron The Greek won the 2012 Santa Anita Handicap. His morning-line odds for the Classic were 8-1 and his departure leaves a field of 11 in the 1 1/4-mile race. "He had an abscess that broke open in his foot," Mott said. The trainer said the abscess was discovered Wednesday during the feed time.
October 31, 2013 |
And now for a wildly improbable romantic comedy recommendation. Already a hit in its native England, "About Time" presents all sorts of small- and medium-sized problems threatening to upset writer-director Richard Curtis' film from within, beginning with the premise (Only men in this family can time travel? Are the women at least allowed to vote?) and including the clanking interpolation of near-death experiences designed to make us care. The charm of the script comes in three fabrics: genuine, artificial and what you might call a cotton/poly blend.
October 31, 2013 |
Joel Rosario fits on the back of a racehorse as perfectly as a carrot fits in a snowman's face. He is Nicklaus with a five-iron in his hand, Crenshaw with a putter. If this were hockey, he'd be the Great One. He is fast becoming that in horse racing. Rosario will ride 12 horses in this weekend's Breeders' Cup, and even though none of them were given morning-line odds of better than 6-1, gamblers are likely to give his horses more action than their odds may deserve. That's because Rosario will be in the saddle.