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.
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.
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.
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).
September 8, 1998 |
If President Clinton faces an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, the most powerful charge levied against him is likely to be obstruction of justice. Since January, independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr has been investigating whether the president conspired to conceal from lawyers for former Arkansas state worker Paula Corbin Jones his relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky.