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?
November 23, 1998 |
You're at the gym working out, confident that you can lift more weight today than yesterday. You bend down to pick up the barbell and, as you come up, you feel a pop in the groin area. Next comes a dull pain and a queasy feeling. Even though the pain continues after you finish your workout, you figure it's just muscle strain. But the bad news is it may be a hernia. A hernia occurs when part of an organ within the body slips through an abnormal opening in the wall that normally contains 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.