February 19, 2007 |
I am sitting here in a morose mood, wondering why things are the way they are in a world that seems to be spinning in reverse, when suddenly there is a loud crash from the other room, followed by a yowl of surprise and a howl of pain. These are not unfamiliar sounds in a household that combines humans and domestic animals in a post-Christmas mode. I say post-Christmas because, even though it is February, we are just now getting around to putting away the seasonal decorations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1990 |
Campaign rhetoric doesn't have much relevance to real life. That's a rule you can count on. I've seen it covering Democrats and Republicans, presidential candidates and novices running for the City Council. In every campaign, there's the world of the political pulpit, and then there's the real world. This point, as important as it is obvious, was driven home recently during a press breakfast with Sen. Pete Wilson, the Republican candidate for governor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1997
A rotating panel of experts from the worlds of ethics, psychology and religion offer their perspective on the dilemmas that come with living in Southern California. * Today's question: "Get off my back!" is what you'd like to say. Instead, you tell your oft-inquiring boss you are well along on a project that you really haven't started. Or you falsely tell a persistent customer that the order has already been shipped. Can you imagine when lying in cases like this would be justified? * R.
July 23, 2005
In Iraq, television entrepreneurs have been trying out an American innovation: reality TV. But there's a local twist. Here in the U.S., as in most First World countries, reality TV participants are generally required to endure privation, risk or some other form of creatively devised unpleasantness to keep the ratings up.
June 13, 2000 |
You want some really exciting TV? Have the cast of the newest edition of MTV's "The Real World"--set in New Orleans--swap places with the crew of CBS' "Survivor." Of course, each would be over in about one episode. The self-absorbed "Real World" whiners wouldn't last a day in the wild--well, muscle-bound David from the mean streets of Chicago's South Side might.
July 3, 2001 |
Long before "Survivor" or "Big Brother," there was "The Real World" (10 p.m. MTV). The grandpappy of TV's unscripted, pretty-people shows launches its 10th season, returning to New York, where it all began in 1992. Not surprisingly, its best years have been those boasting the most conflict, as in San Francisco, where the rude, crude bicycle messenger Puck was tossed out of the house after rubbing everyone the wrong way.
November 26, 1989 |
After the thickets of possible worlds and fairy tales, fictive and ephemeral, it's reassuring to find that there is no place like home: the real world, a clearing as eye-opening as any fantasy and as thought-provoking as any fictional musing.
October 16, 2012 |
In "Underemployed," which commences Tuesday on MTV, the youth network, five pretty people face life after college. Shockingly, it is not what they expected. The series, which is set in the lovely - and this season, much-used - city of Chicago, comes from Craig Wright, who created the ABC one-percenter soap "Dirty Sexy Money. " It begins as a tightly knit clutch of graduating seniors imagine success in their chosen fields; then it jumps ahead ever so slightly to see where time has taken them.
April 27, 2003 |
Until a couple of weeks ago, I'd always thought the casinos of Las Vegas provided the ultimate in an insulated, shut-out-the-outside-world environment. With no windows and no clocks, there's nothing to distract the gamblers or to remind them of other activities, obligations or possibilities as they pour dollar after dollar onto the craps, roulette and blackjack tables (or quarter after quarter into the slot machines).