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November 26, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
The small group of reporters covering the president at particular events, in order to report them back to the larger group of White House reporters, is called the “pool.” The Times' Kate Linthicum has been in the pool covering President Obama's visit to Southern California, and herewith are the great liberties taken by me to edit her tidy prose reports into … a Beat poem. “SHORT STOP - BEVERLY HILLS …” Marine One at a baseball diamond in Cheviot Hills - motorcade!
April 10, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For a while now, Nicolas Cage has seemed more punch line than artistic force. More memorable for stopping by "Saturday Night Live" in 2012 to join the "In the Cage" satire, a none too flattering impression perfected by the very funny Andy Samberg , than for dreadful films like "Ghost Rider" that inspired it. Classic Cage, the kind of performances that graced 1987's "Moonstruck" with such moody romantic charm, or 1995's "Leaving Las Vegas"...
June 8, 2003
It is not often that I read entire articles in the Travel section, but it was easy and enjoyable to do so with the May 18 edition, specifically "Along the Inside Passage of Canada, Whales and Other Wilderness Wonders Lie Within Arm's Reach" and "Clinging to the Past in Cuenca." Kudos to authors Janet Williams and Lisa Abend, respectively, whose styles drew me into their experiences. Williams' article was deeply satisfying. I felt her pleasure as if I had joined her and her friend; her language was poetic.
February 13, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
Ron Jude's "Lick Creek Line" is an essay in the less common sense of the term: an attempt, or effort. It doesn't build an argument or deliver much in the way of information to do so, but instead issues impressions, propositions toward a loose understanding of its ostensible subject, a fur-trapper in rural Idaho. The constellations of color photographs accumulate a kind of emotional heft, though more so in book form, as originally conceived, than on the wall, as at Gallery Luisotti, where the project is too abbreviated to grab hold.
March 10, 1998
I must protest in the strongest terms Lucy Komisar's Opinion piece, "Some Poetic Justice for Swiss Bankers" (Feb. 22). Aside from being poorly informed, the venomous tone of Komisar's article reveals a shocking lack of balance, fairness or accuracy. This piece makes no mention at all of Switzerland's major effort to reappraise its history and to right whatever wrongs actually occurred during and after World War II. Whatever her motivation for this attack on Switzerland, Komisar is clearly not interested in justice--poetic or otherwise.
March 31, 1991
Carolyn See's article reminded me of the rich ore of poetic talent we have here, which is so often ignored by the general public and the press. It's not easy to put "40 years of literary history" into one article, but she caught enough to bring back many memories for those of us who appreciate the untrammeled freshness, insouciance and audacity of West Coast poetry. ANGELA MCEWAN, WHITTIER
March 22, 1987
I think Conrad's next cartoon should show Paul at a student's desk with a good nun standing over him saying, "Write 100 times that 'The difference between the Immaculate Conception and the Incarnation is . . .' " Despite the theological license (which is a lot like poetic license), the cartoon was right on the mark. Keep up the good work. STEVE REPASKY Cerritos
August 8, 1987
So, Madonna is the pure image of grace and spirituality, the Beastie Boys are the latest embodiment of the power of rock 'n' roll, while Suzanne Vega is merely cold, boorish and passionless (Robert Hilburn's Aug. 3 review of Vega's concert). Now hold on! I agree with Hilburn that Vega's lyrics are inferior and amateurish--they're just so literal : They're clumsy, they're not poetic, they don't work magic the way Bob Dylan's or Elvis Costello's songs do. Purely as a matter of printed poetry, her lyrics are a failure.
February 8, 1998
When artists such as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott choose to use non-words such as "supa," "tha" and the ubiquitous "gangsta," please don't condone it by including any of these "words" on your cover ("Hits and Missy," by Marc Weingarten, Feb. 1). If the artists want to exhibit their illiteracy in the titles of their songs or albums, I suppose poetic license is accorded. The writers and editors of The Times, however, should know better than to use gibberish in their articles, especially when the chatter is masquerading as legitimate use of English.
Pop diva Janet Jackson is expected to sign a four-album contract today with Virgin Records worth an estimated $80 million--an unprecedented fee that analysts say could set the stage for another round of music industry mega-deals. The pact is the biggest ever awarded, surpassing the $60-million mark shared by such superstars as Michael Jackson and Madonna, whose six-album deals included film and joint-venture record label components.
February 7, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Philip Schultz's "The Wherewithal" is a book in which time has come undone. Taking place in San Francisco in 1968, it also reaches back to the Holocaust - specifically, the Jedwabne pogrom of July 1941, when Polish civilians killed more than 300 Jews. The link is 25-year-old Henryk Stanislaw Wyrzkowski, whose mother sheltered seven Jews in a hole she dug in the floor of her Jedwabne barn. Now, Henryk has retreated to his own subterranean hiding place, trying to dodge the Vietnam draft by working as a clerk in a basement office, filing public assistance claims.
January 9, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Almost exactly halfway through Randall Mann's third collection of poetry, “Straight Razor” (Persea: 68 pp., $25.95 paper), there's a poem that stirred an inadvertent smile. Not because it's funny but because it almost perfectly highlights something that's been in the ether of late: the way we use because . This week, after all, the American Dialect Society selected "because" as the word of 2013 for its evolving usage; Mann's poem, entitled “Fling,” deftly illustrates the point.
November 26, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
The small group of reporters covering the president at particular events, in order to report them back to the larger group of White House reporters, is called the “pool.” The Times' Kate Linthicum has been in the pool covering President Obama's visit to Southern California, and herewith are the great liberties taken by me to edit her tidy prose reports into … a Beat poem. “SHORT STOP - BEVERLY HILLS …” Marine One at a baseball diamond in Cheviot Hills - motorcade!
September 18, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
John Pollono, author of the much-feted "Small Engine Repair," has supplied Rogue Machine with the world premiere of another gritty New Hampshire drama, "Lost Girls. " The play, about the reunion between a stressed-out retail clerk and her recovering alcoholic ex-husband after their teenage daughter goes missing, provides further theatrical evidence that the traumatic past doesn't die but rather moves underground, waiting for justice yet grateful for even a flicker of sympathy. The production, directed with emotional sensitivity by Rogue Machine artistic director John Perrin Flynn, lays on the local color a bit thick in the opening moments.
July 25, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was onstage at the ESPYs, making a fashion statement in a red sports coat and Hollywood shades. He threw out the first pitch at a San Francisco Giants game, surprising the crowd - and the catcher - with an 87-mph throw. He made headlines for what he took off (his clothes, for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue) and what he put on (a Miami Dolphins hat, in a pot-stirring Twitter picture). So far in 2013, Kaepernick has gone just about everywhere he has wanted to go. Except into that end zone in the Superdome, where his 49ers were stopped five yards short of a Lombardi Trophy in a 34-31 loss to Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII.
June 17, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Watching "Love, Marilyn," Liz Garbus' pointed, poetic and occasionally overwrought documentary about the life of Marilyn Monroe, I kept thinking about "The Great Gatsby," another tragedy in two acts recently resurrected for our viewing pleasure. In each story, a magnetic and ambitious enigma rejects a threadbare past and tirelessly works toward a single illusory and ultimately unattainable goal. Each tale is heavy on imagery, light on plot, rooted deep in a particular era and very American.
February 23, 2009 | Robin Abcarian
It was not the most eloquent subject line for a farewell e-mail to 5,000 co-workers: "So long, suckers! I'm out!" But Jason Shugars worked at Google, whose off-center corporate culture is more forgiving than that of your average buttoned-down investment bank.
March 2, 1986
Having been involved personally with Beyond Baroque for the last 10 years, I'm disturbed that the most consistently supportive service provided by BB to poets since its inception was not even mentioned: the Wednesday night Poetry Workshop, which for more than 15 years has opened its door to all poets, no matter what their style, level of experience or political beliefs. It is the most nonpolitical forum in this city, dedicated solely to the craft of writing poetry. A nUmber of fine poets here (and elsewhere)
March 24, 2013 | By Noel Murray
On the Road Available on VOD beginning Monday Director Walter Salles, screenwriter José Rivera and producer Francis Ford Coppola have given themselves the almost-impossible task of adapting Jack Kerouac's beloved Beat Generation novel "On the Road," a fictionalized account of Kerouac's late '40s cross-country road trips with his live-wire buddy Neal Cassady. Salles shoots for a simultaneously poetic and realistic style, similar to that in his art-house hit "The Motorcycle Diaries"; and he has a good cast, with Sam Riley as Kerouac stand-in Sal Paradise, and Garrett Hedlund as the Cassady character, Dean Moriarty.
March 21, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"From Up on Poppy Hill" is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son. "Poppy Hill" is directed by Goro Miyazaki, whose father, the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro"), wrote the screenplay based on a graphic novel.
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