April 26, 2013
Re "Somber memorial," photo, April 24 The commemoration of the Armenian genocide was given a brief and inadequate nod in The Times. This was the first genocide of the 20th century. There are more than 100,000 Armenians in Southern California. An interview with any number of them would have provided heart-rending true stories passed down by relatives who endured the horror. Did you mention that 1.5 million Armenians were murdered by the Turks? No, your last sentence in the photo caption was a stinging reminder that "the Turkish government disputes that a genocide occurred.
April 23, 2013 |
BOSTON - Lu Lingzi was 23 and relishing her first taste of life off campus. Yes, she often burned breakfast and set off the fire alarm. And she and her roommate, Jing Li, would bemoan that their studies left them no time to date. But the young Chinese women, both students at Boston University, would also sing out loud as they walked down Boston's busy streets. “I had no idea this friendship could only last one year,” Li said Monday night at a memorial for her friend. Lu was killed last week in the Boston Marathon bombings, where she'd gone to celebrate the completion of a project.
April 21, 2013 |
BOSTON -- After citywide demonstrations of resilience on Saturday, Boston will pause Sunday in prayer as it ends a week of shock, grief and anxiety that began Monday with the marathon bombings. “I don't know that we'll ever be quite the same,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said on CBS' “Face the Nation.” “People are moving out and moving back into their regular routines, but vigilance is still the order of the day and of course we're still trying to heal from a shocking tragedy less than a week away.” One of three victims at the marathon blast site, Krystle M. Campbell, will be buried Monday in nearby Medford.
April 21, 2013 |
Edouard Manet (1832-83) was arguably the first Modern artist. Partly that's because the 19th century painter's work was made in direct, conscious response to museum art - in those days a newfangled institution. Before, painters and sculptors made art in response to popes, kings and burghers as well as to paintings and sculptures other artists made for popes, kings and burghers. But the museum was something new. The museum codified art and its history. Manet painted in the self-conscious hope of gaining admission to the ranks.
April 19, 2013 |
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Orlando Gonzalez said he remembers meeting the Boston Marathon bombing suspect in the white hat about four months ago. "I think he came over here and bought glue," said Gonzalez, 38, who works at a City Paint store in Cambridge. He watched through a store window Friday as police blocked off nearby streets and SWAT teams wielding long guns patrolled the streets. He said he didn't remember the man that the FBI has identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, until he saw his photos at a televised FBI press conference and again from a reporter outside his store Friday morning.
April 18, 2013 |
"Oblivion" will make you remember, not forget. This Tom Cruise vehicle is a throwback to the days when on-screen science fiction was about speculative ideas rather than selling toys to tots - think of it as the most expensive episode of "The Twilight Zone" ever made. "Oblivion" is not perfect. Its dystopian story makes no apologies for its familiarity, echoing such films as "The Planet of the Apes," "The Matrix," "2001" and even "Wall-E. " And expecting the wheels not to eventually begin to fall off its pleasantly complicated, head-spinning plot (based on the director Joseph Kosinski's graphic novel)