December 14, 2012 |
Pow! A novel Mo Yan, translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt Seagull Books: 386 pp., $27.50 This year's Nobel laureate in literature is an author who somehow manages to write books with brazenly political themes while living in a dictatorship. Mo Yan's latest novel, "Pow!," is a thinly veiled assault on the frayed moral fabric of that hyper-capitalist country known as Communist China. The characters in "Pow!" do awful and disgusting things, most of them involving meat.
November 12, 2012 |
As we observed Veterans Day , the National WWII Museum in New Orleans unveiled an exhibit chronicling the experiences of the 93,941 American prisoners of war held in the nearly 100 camps or stalags scattered throughout Nazi Germany and German-occupied territory. "Guests of the Third Reich" highlights the POWs' personal stories and life inside the camps, using oral histories from some of the prisoners themselves. Artifacts on display include a Red Cross aid package, one of more than 27 million shipped to prisoners; a violin made from materials scavenged around Stalag Luft I; and blank books, distributed by the YMCA with colored pencils, filled with drawings, snapshots and poems of camp life.
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October 15, 2012 |
"Some time the hating has to stop," reads the last line of "The Railway Man," a moving tale of wartime torture and forgiveness by former British prisoner of war Eric Lomax. Lomax was a British army officer when he was captured by Japanese forces during the fall of Singapore in 1942. The Scotsman endured horrific conditions and savage beatings as he and thousands of others were forced to build the infamous Burma-to-Siam railroad, which formed the basis of the 1957 film "The Bridge on the River Kwai.
May 7, 2012 |
It was a weekend that made Hollywood stand back and marvel. "The Avengers," from Walt Disney's Marvel Studios, didn't just break the record for the best opening weekend in Hollywood history - the film smashed through it Hulk style, grabbing up big green fistfuls of money. The Joss Whedon-directed movie, riding stellar reviews and a tsunami of Twitter love, piled up $200.3 million at theaters in the U.S. and Canada, according to an estimate from Disney. That total, which beat the $169.2-million record set during the opening weekend of 2011's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," was turbocharged by pricier IMAX and 3-D tickets.
April 20, 2012 |
It's happening again, conjecture that an NFL team is headed to Los Angeles. This time, it's the Minnesota Vikings, although NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell insisted Friday that neither the team nor the league has raised that possibility. "There were no implied threats or any threats at all," Goodell told reporters outside the office of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. "What we talked about is the importance of creating a solution here. " That isn't likely to calm the frayed nerves of Vikings fans, whose team has spent the past decade searching for a stadium solution.
April 10, 2012 |
Tourism is already a booming industry in Los Angeles and may soon be even bigger. The city is gearing up to host one of the nation's largest trade shows for the travel industry, an April 21-25 gathering at the Los Angeles Convention Center that is expected to attract more than 1,500 travel business operators and generate at least $10 million in spending during the event. Known as the 2012 International Pow Wow, the trade show expects dozens of tour operators from China, Mexico, Russia, Italy, the Netherlands and other countries who specialize in bringing tourists to the United States.