May 19, 1991 |
It is odd enough that two novels about Jewish writers living under the thumb of Soviet censorship, each with a wife and two children and a beloved mistress, should appear in this country at the same time, but a more surprising similarity is that both are so strikingly removed in tone from what one thinks of as characteristically Eastern European. The chilling humor of a Milan Kundera or Josef Skvorecky or the didactic blasts of Solzhenitsyn barely echo. Instead, the Czechoslovakian Ivan Klima's style is dreamy and almost submarine, while Felix Roziner, writing in Russian, is more straightforwardly naturalistic.
January 5, 2003
Re "U.S. Is Right to Take Precautions With Muslim Men on Temporary Visas," Dec. 28: I note with interest the letters defending the INS decision to detain those of Middle Eastern origin who voluntarily reported to the government. Though I do not defend the practice of entering or staying in this country illegally, I cannot help but wonder if these same people would be so supportive of the INS actions if those being detained were, of say, British origin. Over the years, I have known British, Irish and Canadian citizens who have intentionally overstayed visas too. Are we willing to detain them in camps also?
January 25, 1987
John Updike's latest novel, "Roger's Version" (Knopf) has attracted quite a bit of critical attention--in the Los Angeles Times (The Book Review, Sept. 14, 1986) and elsewhere. Literary critics have variously stressed the "darkness" or pessimism of the book or criticized Updike's facility as a "glosser." What these critics miss, however, is a striking parallelism between Roger's version of his own story and scientists' views on cosmology or the origin of life. In minute detail and yet on the basis of very few "experimental" clues, Roger describes the origins of his wife Esther's (Hester?
October 3, 1992
Mr. Davis, you are 0-4 and have a 50-52 record in Los Angeles. In the last seven years, you have produced only one good year (12-4 in 1990). The Coliseum is a problem again, which leaves you in search of a home that will give you that 12th man. It's sad to witness the fall of a great football team, a team that for 10 years has been losing its blue-collar origin. North is where I remember glory, and north is where you should have remained. Al, you left more than broken hearts and upset fans in Oakland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1994
This is in response to Kristin Pitman ("Song Strikes Wrong Chord," June 20) who bemoaned a song which she heard as a young girl. It contained some ethnic references which offended her. You are saying we should tolerate each other's differences but without mentioning them. To me, that's as wrong as can be. Why? Because we always fear what we don't know, and we always end up hating what we fear. I maintain you cannot just say, "Go and love one another." You have to explain why. Is there a song that you think is a put-down?
May 8, 2000
It seems unfortunate that in order to make his point about the importance of the "here and now"--something, incidentally, never neglected in good therapy--Phillip McGraw ("The Doc Says Analysis, Schmalysis," March 14) finds it necessary to denigrate analysis, a method that has proven useful in improving the quality of life for so many people. McGraw is clearly not interested in understanding the origin of relationship difficulties in order to prevent them for future generations as well as ameliorate them in the present.
October 18, 1992
David Gritten's article "Voyage of Celebrity" (Oct. 4), about the career of Gerard Depardieu and his film about Columbus, was well-written and accurate on most counts but was totally misinformed about one central historic issue. Gritten criticizes Depardieu for not knowing more about Columbus when it is, in fact, the reporter who is ignorant of Columbus' origins. Unlike the simplistic black-and-white history textbooks used in most U.S. schools, Europeans and Latin Americans debate, to this day, whether Columbus was Italian or Spanish.
February 4, 2006 |
The oldest remains of African slaves in the New World have been identified in a graveyard in Campeche, Mexico -- skeletons dating from the late 16th century, about 100 years after Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World. The use of African slaves by Spanish conquistadors has been known through writings dating from the period, but the skeletons represent the first scientific evidence confirming the practice at such an early date.