March 13, 2012 |
"South Park," a cartoon that is and isn't about four little boys in a Rocky Mountain hamlet, begins its 16th season Wednesday on Comedy Central. Sixteen years of "South Park - it began so long ago that Patrick Duffy was the subject of a joke in its second episode - sounds even more amazing than 23 years of "The Simpsons," given the younger show's habitual profanity, vulgarity and violence. But that is also obviously part of its appeal and, indeed, often its very point. What's kept both these small-town allegorical comedies valuable and viable over their long runs are qualities they share: a disregard for empty authority, skepticism regarding beliefs not based in fact, an impatience with hypocrisy and cant, and the happy realization that the worst aspects of humans both as individuals and (especially)
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.
August 30, 2002
Re "The Black Okies," (Aug. 25-27): These stories by Mark Arax about the pilgrimage of a great people from Oklahoma to a hard, rural setting in the middle of California are the finest examples of print journalism I've read since your paper's series "Orphans of Addiction." I was deeply moved by the language, the exhaustive reporting and the uncanny access to these incredible people. John Steinbeck moved me in a similar fashion when he wrote of the people living along the Monterey coastline in his many fine novels, but his work was drawn from real people.
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
October 24, 1997 |
The fact that the greater Western world is now wired for celebrity, sound bites and media savvy hasn't made us wary. On the contrary. Most people now walk around with a news segment's worth of well-rehearsed hot copy on their lips, waiting for a rolling camera and live mike. We have something to say, we say, and we're going to say it; Warhol's fabled 15 minutes of fame is no longer a phenomenon, it's a right. We are significant, although to prove it, it takes a global village.
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