January 9, 2014 |
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.
December 25, 2013 |
USC tight end Randall Telfer announced Wednesday that he would return for a final season with the Trojans. Telfer, a junior, is among several juniors and third-year sophomores who have until mid-January to decide whether they will make themselves available for the NFL draft. Telfer made his announcement via his Twitter feed. Telfer struggled with multiple injuries this season and caught only six passes, including one for 11 yards in the Trojans' 45-20 Las Vegas Bowl victory over Fresno State.
December 20, 2013 |
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: Daft Punk, "RAM" = Robotic French duo channel vibe of Studio 54, "Thriller" & Giorgio Moroder. Perfect clone for new android ears. #getlucky "Spring Breakers" soundtrack: Dubstep 'n inst. score capturing spirit of moment just as 'Singles,' '16 Candles' & 'Apocalypse Now' before. Earl Sweatshirt, "Doris": Odd Future rapper's work marked arrival of smart LA voice "in the midst of a tornado/Misfitted like Clark Gable.
October 20, 2013 |
USC lost more than a game against Notre Dame. Tight ends Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer and running back Justin Davis suffered injuries that will sideline them for the Trojans' next game against Utah, interim Coach Ed Orgeron said Sunday. USC will face the Utes with only one scholarship tight end, sophomore Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick , and with a tailback corps devoid of its two leading rushers. Tre Madden , who started the first six games, sat out against Notre Dame because of a hamstring injury.
August 29, 2013 |
Why is America so intent on killing affirmative action? Randall Kennedy's clear-eyed new book, "For Discrimination," offers many reasons, among them: As a remedy for racial injustice, albeit a modest one, affirmative action invokes slavery and, therefore, rattles the philosophical foundation of democracy and fairness upon which much of America believes the country was built. Another reason is that affirmative action is seen as increasingly incompatible with the aims of the so-called post-racial age in which a first black president would seem to argue against any more need for racial redress.
August 15, 2013 |
Xavier Grimble hears it often from friends and USC fans. Randall Telfer gets the same question. Why don't they throw you the ball more? The USC tight ends, both fourth-year juniors, are regarded as NFL prospects, "potentially premier players," Coach Lane Kiffin said. But on a Trojans team last season that featured All-American wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, Grimble and Telfer often appeared underutilized or overlooked. Grimble caught 29 passes, Telfer 12. Those totals could increase this season with Woods and quarterback Matt Barkley having gone to the NFL and the less experienced Max Wittek or Cody Kessler starting in Barkley's place.