February 26, 2010 |
The town is called Paradise, and there's more than a little unintended irony in the name. There's really nothing particularly paradisiacal about the place. It sits atop a ridge that looks down on the northern stretch of California's Central Valley. There are lots of towns like it up and down the Sierra, towns where lots of marginal people go to live in the margins these mountains provide, places where things are a little cheaper, a little less daunting and where illicit activities like meth labs and child abuse are easy to shield from view.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2010 |
The five day laborers were huddled over some dice and coins they'd tossed on the asphalt of a Home Depot parking lot in Westlake. They were passing the time on a late afternoon, after another fruitless day waiting to be hired. I asked them about another day laborer, Manuel Jamines, who was holding a large knife when he was shot by police just a block away. The shooting led to a near riot and ongoing protests, and I'd come to the neighborhood to get a feel for what was happening.
July 26, 2009 |
Roel Robles had been on Pagasa Island for less than a week when he found himself wondering, with something like despair: Is it possible for one white-beached, palm-studded place to be both heaven and hell, paradise and prison? "When you first get there, you see this little island resort," said the 30-year-old sergeant in the Philippine National Police. "Then after about five days, something snaps. You begin telling yourself, 'I have to get out of here -- now, today.'
HOME & GARDEN
October 25, 2007
REALLY enjoyed the story about Bob Haggstrom's Malibu landscape ["Faking Paradise," Oct. 11]. Cannot understand the negativity from other readers. Haggstrom is creating a wonderful restful place for himself and the wildlife in the area. Has to be better for the environment and less wasteful than grass lawns that consume tons of water, get saturated with harmful fertilizers and require gas-guzzling, noisy mowers and leaf blowers to maintain. Maureen Little Camarillo
April 17, 1994
Congratulations to ABC and Steven Bochco for having the best new show on television, "The Byrds of Paradise." Finally, a show with a real family, a show that makes you feel good and shows you the Hawaiian people and culture. Cyndie Benanua, Lancaster A typically incomprehensible decision was made by the heads of ABC in the cancellation of just another in a long line of quality programs, namely "Missing Persons." And what do they replace it with? An inane, insipid piece called "The Byrds of Paradise."
May 6, 2001
Deanne Stillman does not describe the desert--a sublime, harsh and forbidding environment, a place of endless space and silence, a place of extremes ("Deconstructing Paradise," April 8). The desert is not a weekend retreat under a bougainvillea branch, all "pretty pictures and scents and sounds." Her naive desire for "its endlessly warm and open arms" merely reflects the human longing for a return to paradise. Helena Bongartz Twentynine Palms Stillman or her editors should have come to know the children of the working class a little better.
August 3, 1997 |
This 1993 release, from filmmaker Victor Nunez, is an intimate, low-key film as endearing and staunch as its heroine. A warm, perceptive depiction of everyday life, "Ruby" illuminates the inner being of a seemingly ordinary young woman in the process of creating a life for herself. It reveals the courage it takes to strike out on one's own and take charge of one's destiny. It marks the screen debut of Ashley Judd (pictured with Todd Field) (Bravo Sunday at 9 a.m. and 7:05 p.m.)
September 16, 2001
What more could our enemies ask for? We allow them into our country, no problem. We train them to fly our planes, no questions asked. We easily let them on our planes so they can hijack them, fly them into buildings and kill thousands of us. Anything else we can do for them? The U.S. seems to be a terrorist's paradise. Rubio Moore Orange How the FBI and CIA failed to detect a terrorist operation of this magnitude is beyond my comprehension. I believe the leaders of both groups should be put on trial for treason.
December 16, 1990
I disagree with the advice given in an article on Washington, D.C. ("A Visit to Adams Morgan Neighborhood Area of Washington, D.C., Shows Good Taste," Dec. 2). Adams Morgan is no paradise and has no appeal. It is a city district that is dirty and crime-ridden. The restaurants are second-rate, the browsing is minimal and tacky, the entertainment, with the exception of tap dancer Johne Forge of Cafe Lautrec, is limited to the clubs mentioned by the author. Too bad she didn't warn your readers about the open drug dealing, ethnic gangs, high cover charges and pervasively lousy music.
August 17, 2008 |
In His ninth book of poetry, "The Border Kingdom" (Alfred A. Knopf: 98 pp., $26), D. Nurkse begins with a whisper: "Jericho," a short poem that promises, "Sometimes in a high window / a white curtain knotted against itself / gives a glimpse of the lovers / as they were before the war." This is a perfect introduction to the collection, which moves from the landscape of the Bible to that of New York after the fall of the towers, considering it all with a certain quiet centeredness.