November 17, 1995
Regarding "Jack is Once Again an Average Joe of a Name" on Nov. 1: What's in a name? I'll tell you. A lot of bad memories and scarring for beginners. I just finished doing time with the psycho-boss from hell named Jack. I only have to hear the name and I get that queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach and the tremblings of a migraine. I love movies and see more and more leading characters named Jack. Other than reminding me of my former misery, I find that the common use of this particular name denotes a lack of originality and imagination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1986
Conrad's use of the Star of David to mark his displeasure with Israeli actions and policy is an outrage and an extremely dangerous device. For centuries the Star of David has been a cherished and revered symbol to Jews throughout the world, not only in Israel. To the more pious, it is sacred; to the less religious, an important symbol of a common cultural bond with fellow Jews everywhere. It marks Jewish houses of worship and the Holy Scriptures therein. It also marks thousands of graves of the fallen in military cemeteries all over the world along with the crosses of their fallen brothers.
December 2, 1994
Re "As the Stomach Turns" (Nov. 22): No list of homespun nausea remedies would be complete without one I have found helpful in management of uncomplicated nausea. This remedy involves acupressure. There is a well-known acupoint on the inside of the wrist, about one inch above the wrist crease, in a depression between the bones of the forearm. This point has actually been medically proven to be effective for nausea in a variety of situations when stimulated with an acupuncture needle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1985
The queasy feeling in my gut is not a hangover, but merely my reaction to The Times' article of Aug. 5, "Broadcasters' Sober Duty Is to Public on Alcohol Ads." According to the writers, it is time for still more government regulation of the broadcasting industry to "balance" beer and wine commercials by mandating "equal time" for anti-alcohol messages. Alcohol, used wrongly, can certainly be dangerous. So can automobiles, kitchen knives, microwave ovens and insect sprays. Should we balance the ads for all these items as well--in fact, for any item that ever has been or could be misused?
August 23, 2003 |
If prevention is the best medicine, the disease-themed thriller "Absolon" (9 tonight, Sci Fi) is best avoided. This action-packed silliness unfolds in the not-too-distant future, when the human race is ravaged by NDS, an airborne virus that emerges from the destruction of the rain forests. Economies have crumbled and 5 billion people have perished in the plague of NDS, which can kill within three days, but a scarce drug called Absolon offers hope. Or does it?
September 28, 2003 |
Chuck Palahniuk is a writer whose work elicits a passionate response. The author of "Fight Club" and the recently released "Diary" trades in harsher, less varnished truths, and his fans are known for their devotion. (When Random House decided to promote "Diary" with "street teams" that would advertise his work with fliers, stunts and word of mouth, the book's Web site was swarmed with volunteers.