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"Postcards From the Edge"!? We should be so lucky. You can write something on a postcard. This is more like fortune cookies; pithy, expert zingers from the mother-daughter battlefield, Hollywood division: a star of '50s musicals (Shirley MacLaine) and her movie actress-daughter (Meryl Streep) struggling back from a drug habit that lifelong insecurity has built. As Carrie Fisher has adapted her successful, somewhat autobiographical 1987 novel about the physical and psychological rehabilitation of a spirited, wisecracking, just-turning-30 actress, she has taken one of the book's more minor preoccupations, the mother-daughter stuff, and made it the movie's whole shooting match.
April 2, 2007 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
It was a picture-postcard day as the small crowd stood Sunday outside an ornate 131-year-old wood-frame home in Montecito Heights. There was a cloudless blue sky overhead and a cool breeze fresh with the scent of spring swirling down from the nearby hills. If you let your imagination flow, the traffic noise on the nearby Pasadena Freeway could have been the roar of April rain shower runoff rushing down the Arroyo Seco.
September 23, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Behind bars, you have to be strong, you have to be tough — and now, in Ventura County, you have to be brief. Following a national trend in jail mail, authorities are requiring that inmates send and receive only postcards. Over the years, contraband of all kinds has made its way into the facility in "innocent-looking letters," jail officials said. Razor blades, drugs and coded messages from gangs have been snuck in between the sheets. "We have to take the stamps off envelopes because they'll put drugs on the back that inmates will then be able to lick," said Cmdr.
June 26, 2013
Re "Tweeting by mail," Opinion, June 23 As a man of 85, I have seen the transition from postcards to Twitter, and I can say without hesitation that both serve a valuable purpose in communicating in simple language. There is a fundamental aesthetic quality in Japanese haiku: that it is internally sufficient, independent of context and bears consideration as a complete work. Some postcards have gained these qualities through time and use. Let us hope that concise tweets of intelligence and poetic structure may do the same.
February 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A museum has acquired a collection of rare World War II-era postcards, stamps and letters from Polish insurgents who fought their Nazi occupiers during the Warsaw Uprising, the museum's director said. Jan Oldakowski, director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum, said the museum acquired the collection at an auction in Duesseldorf, Germany, for the asking price of $280,000. The auction house could not be reached for confirmation. The items include letters and postcards that describe the insurgents' plight.
April 4, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson-Potts
Defense attorneys for a man who pretended to be a Rockefeller and is now charged with the cold-case murder of his San Marino landlady's adult son wrapped up their case Wednesday. They focused on an enduring mystery in the nearly 30-year-old whodunit: What happened to the victim's wife? Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter's lawyers called only two witnesses in his defense: a pair of handwriting experts who testified that they were all but sure Linda Sohus was the person who wrote several postcards mailed to her friends and family weeks after she and her husband went missing in early 1985.
February 19, 2006 | Christine N. Ziemba
The website is part art exhibit and part nondenominational confessional where strangers show and tell their deepest, darkest secrets. Explains the site's mission statement, "PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard." Postcard and secret collector Frank Warren, 41, a self-described "husband, father and small businessman" from Germantown, Md.
March 30, 1997
I thoroughly enjoyed your "Post Impressionist" article (Traveler's Journal, March 16), on sending home postcards when you travel. If your readers would like to know a great book that tells a woman's journey through the postcards she sent herself home, they should read "Around the World: A Postcard Adventure," by Pamela Terry (Quest Press). JOAN DAVIS Los Angeles While I enjoyed Alice Steinbach's article, she does tend to romanticize a bit. I was amused by one statement she wrote from Italy: "The night before I listened in the town square to a group of Andean flutists, their homesickness evident in the plaintive sounds that rose in the air."
September 18, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
A Santa Barbara-based environmentalist will demonstrate one approach to recycling Saturday at Soka University of America by creating "organic" paper postcards out of old milk and juice cartons. In a free demonstration sponsored by the university's Botanical Research Center and Nursery, Sei Hidaka, an abstract artist, will demonstrate the craft to show how the natural fibers can be used again.
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