CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1992
Dinkins, reacting to a 15-year-old student's killing two fellow students says, "If you don't have a gun, you will not use the gun." It does seem clear that distributing more and more guns to an exponentially growing population has a good chance of destroying our country. I wonder what sensible gun control might do for our deeply ailing economy. Suppose that life in the ghettos was returned to some degree of normalcy. It would then be safe to again open supermarkets, restaurants, movie theaters and other industries, which would employ many thousands of entrepreneurs, professionals and other workers.
January 19, 1992 |
Magazines are folding faster than you can check the "bill me later" box, newspapers are sending grizzled staffers out on the streets and book publishers are all trying to get into television. But the biggest threat to the wanna-be wordsmith may be the very screen and keyboard designed to make producing prose so easy. Just leaf through any software catalogue and check out all the new programs that seem designed to make the writer and editor obsolete. Need an on-line reference?
June 9, 1985
Just some random thoughts: In the ongoing has-anyone-noticed-that-this-person-looks-like-that-person contest (Calendar Letters, 1984-85), I submit that the John Madden we see in the Miller Lite commercials is really John Candy in disguise. Think Westerns are dead? Sure, when Indians turned into Native Americans, film producers stopped using them as targets of wholesale slaughter, as it seemed unpatriotic. But what to do? Our blood-thirst had to be quenched. Well, it took awhile, but we finally found another faceless horde on which genocide could be practiced: the Indo-Chinese.
November 23, 2008
As someone who lived and worked in Mexico for 14 1/2 years and with intimate knowledge of the three cities Reed Johnson mentioned in his article ["Stay Safe, but Enjoy," Nov. 16], I'd like to add some random thoughts. One should never travel lonely stretches of streets or beaches; it's an invitation for robbery. As long as you don't have a car accident, you won't have any problem in Veracruz, which is an otherwise charming city. I married a local girl so I may be biased. Better than Veracruz, though, is Xalapa (from an Indian spelling; the X is pronounced like an H)
October 27, 1999 |
Random thoughts--between ballgames--on a too-warm autumn afternoon: L.A. should look into acquiring a major college football team. Soccer balls make lousy pillows. Swimming is the best exercise. Cheddar is the best cheese. Today's NFL coaches look too much like golfers. Two heads are better than one. Ten heads are not better than one. Bill Bradley understands America better than Al Gore. In the long run, companies concerned only about their stock price are doomed. There are too many movies.
April 20, 2000 |
The art of subtext in playwriting--in which a character says one thing, but is thinking something else--has almost become lost in the current theater, where on-the-nose dialogue is king. Except subtext is how real people talk in the real world.