December 10, 2013 |
In the New Yorker this week, James Wood has a fascinating essay on the narrative implications of death. Inspired by the experience of attending a memorial service for a friend's younger brother, who died at 44 “suddenly, in the middle of things, leaving behind a wife and two young daughters,” it is a meditation on evanescence, serendipity and the way death offers a shape, a closure that life, with all its ongoing and overlapping turmoils, cannot....
September 14, 2009 |
What would he write about himself if he just found out he'd died? I wonder. I know it wouldn't be something soft and sentimental. Larry Gelbart could take an event where sentimentality was allowed, even expected, and turn it on its ear. My friend Allan Katz, who also wrote for "MASH," was with him once at a friend's funeral. When Larry realized he had to leave early, he leaned over to Allan and said simply, "I'm sorry to grieve and run." I'm sure he meant no disrespect, or maybe just the right dose of it, depending on the life and times of the recently departed.
January 31, 1993
Someone should tell you that TV characters are fictional. That means they are not real people and therefore we should make no attempt to model our lives after them. DOUGLAS CARRIGAN Studio City
July 13, 1992 |
The Democrats have hired a Hollywood producer, Gary Smith, to produce Broadway production numbers, "real-people" videos and other kinds of partisan promos each evening. But broadcasters, who are cutting back on their hours of prime-time coverage of the conventions this year, said they expect to carry only a small percentage of them. The networks said they would rather find "real people" of their own to react to events at the convention.
July 7, 1996 |
This 1995 film captures a bit of the freshness and awkwardness of the experience of first love. The two girls--Randy (Laurel Hollomon, right) and Evie (Nicole Parker, left)--are frisky and personable. They seem like real people so their budding romance strikes a few remembered chords (Cinemax Wednesday at 11 p.m.).
November 1, 1992
Proposition T, the $23-million bond issue, would tax Santa Monica and Malibu residents for upkeep on a regional facility. This community has been incredibly generous to Santa Monica College, but real people know a smelly deal when they see one. LINDA ROSS Santa Monica
January 10, 1994 |
Please pardon Mrs. Dease if she's a bit reluctant to tell people exactly what she's up to these days. She manages her employees' United Way campaign, which is nice. She makes sure that Maria, her precocious 14-year-old, gets in before curfew every night. You know how teen-agers are. She checks in almost daily on her first grandchild, 6-week-old Victoria Lynn. Who wouldn't?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1988
What a refreshing change to read an article about Nicaragua on the front page that is articulate, well-researched and, best of all, free of superficial labeling of the Sandinistas and what they stand for. As a U.S. citizen, who has lived in Nicaragua for 1 1/2 years, it is nice to return to Los Angeles and read an article that really is so informative and unbiased. Depicting the Sandinistas and the Nicaraguan people as real people, who make mistakes sometimes as all real people do, but admit their mistakes and try to make changes for the better; and showing them as they truly are--humanists interested in the welfare of the majority of the people in Nicaragua--are crucial in the fight to change the unjust, inhumane, unlawful foreign policy that the United States government is following in Nicaragua.
August 18, 2005
Leni Fleming's article, "Jury Duty Is Just Like a First Date" [Aug. 11], was very clever but specious. While jury duty is sometimes akin to dentistry without Novocain, it is still an integral part of our constitutional and judicial system. When she reduces it to comic levels, she implies ridicule of the entire system. Real people and their lives hang in the balance. GAIL MCCLAIN Laguna Beach