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June 24, 1991
From my experience, I find Holo dead wrong in her belief that color reproductions of great art discourage us from viewing the "once-onliness" of the real thing. My husband and I have traveled many miles to see and "swoon" at the real thing, Simone Martini's "The Annunciation" at the Uffizi, Florence; Van Gogh's "Irises" at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam; "The Old Philosopher" of Rembrandt in the Louvre, all of which we had seen first in art-book reproductions. It was these that stirred us to seek out the originals, which, of course, satisfy the soul as no reproduction can. PEGGY AYLSWORTH LEVINE Santa Monica
March 24, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Today it's rare to see a piece of celebrity-worn apparel - on screen or off - that can't be identified and even purchased with a few mouse clicks. From politician Sarah Palin's eyeglass frames (Kawasaki 704s) to film protagonist Jay Gatsby's bow tie (Brooks Bros.), the power of the Internet has made the world one great, big clickable catalog. But what if the jacket you covet was the one Amelia Earhart was wearing on her 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic? Or the dress of your dreams was last seen on Josephine Baker in a 1940 wartime photograph?
October 13, 1999
I'm sure I'm not alone in my appreciation of your series, "Stories That Shaped the Century." It complements nicely several outstanding series about the 20th century that have aired on the History Channel and PBS. It is fascinating to see the reproductions of the front pages and to read your analysis of the events in light of subsequent developments. RICHARD E. GOODMAN Camarillo
November 29, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
When it comes to gift books, I find myself drawn to some unorthodox choices this year. At the head of my list is Joe Sacco's "The Great War" (W.W. Norton, boxed, $35): a single panoramic drawing - 24 feet long, and accordion-folded in a slipcase - that portrays, in graphic intensity, one of the bloodiest events of the 20th century, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. And yet, in its ingenuity, its beauty and (yes) its tactile engagement, it stirs us in a variety of dimensions: the book as objet d'art . This is the secret story of the digital era, that computer production has opened the possibilities of what books are and how we connect with them, not only on screen but also on the page.
January 3, 1988
As there is only one Grand Canyon, so there is only one Louvre. And even at $85, a book that takes in as much of it as does Lawrence Gowing's mammoth "Paintings in the Louvre" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang: 688 pp.; 9.5 x 11.5; 830 full-color reproductions) is a bargain. The color photography is sumptuous, even if the commentary is of the sort heard on rent-a-cassette recordings by the curator. You may end up with museum fingers (instead of museum legs), but your eyes will thank you.
April 30, 2011 | David A. Keeps
For the 13 years Ray Azoulay has owned the Venice antiques and curiosities business Obsolete, he has built a reputation for having an unconventional eye and a signature look, a neo-Victorian mix of early industrial artifacts, vintage laboratory equipment, steampunk style, taxidermy and other natural oddities. Now the trendsetter is taking on another role: pot stirrer. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this month, Obsolete accused Restoration Hardware of intentional misrepresentation, false advertising and unfair competition, among other legal claims, all stemming from what Azoulay said were the chain store's reproductions of vintage furnishings that he had collected and sold at Obsolete.
February 5, 1989 | SAM BURCHELL
THE NETSUKE IS small (rarely more than one to two inches in diameter) and made of ivory, wood, porcelain, stone, and sometimes from gourds. Many people recognize the charm of these perfectly balanced and exquisitely carved little figures without knowing exactly what their original function was. Until the end of the 19th Century in Japan, the netsuke was an everyday utilitarian object.
May 9, 1985 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
When the City of Glendale replaced old-fashioned cast-iron lampposts along Colorado Street with sleek 40-foot-high aluminium poles and bright sodium lights, it created "one of the least-attractive streets in Glendale," according to the Glendale Historical Society. In a report submitted to the City Council, the society charged that the installation of new light standards throughout the city is destroying the "character of neighborhoods and historical districts."
November 17, 1991
After a bad experience years ago (I read a rave review of "Total Womanhood" by Phyllis Shoo-fly), I vowed never again to read propagandistic reviews of fiction by living, female writers whose heroines take to their beds, eat food from cardboard containers, resume a smoking or drinking habit, all because they can't get knocked up. It's not that I suffer from Biological Clock Syndrome--the yuppie belief that in addition to perfect health, access...
March 12, 1989
Similar to the child who cannot come to grips with a difficult problem, our government and its people sidestep the major issue behind the minor ones. Lost in an ever-mounting sea of bureaucracy, we try to solve problems like pollution, traffic congestion, housing shortages, crime and drug abuse. These problems can never be properly dealt with until we the people elect public officials who have the intestinal fortitude to deal with the crisis situation of overpopulation. Why can't we face the fact that we must control our reproductive urges?
September 30, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
Did you know that Michiganders, in general, and Detroiters, in particular, are idle, good-for-nothing spendthrifts? Michael Kinsley thinks so. The New Republic's editor-at-large has written a snarky new column contemplating possible masterpiece sales from the Detroit Institute of Arts in the face of civic bankruptcy. The commentator likens the Motor City to the stately homes of England, which went into a "Downton Abbey" tailspin a century ago as Britain and the East India Co. began their inevitable rot. “There is a rich tradition of wastrels squandering the family fortune, then taking a few canvases to the pawnbroker's.”  CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat There is also a rich tradition of know-nothings writing about art and museums.
September 8, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
San Pedro's Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has discovered a way to dramatically boost reproduction of California's official state marine fish - the tangerine-colored garibaldi. The aquarium is at the center of an unprecedented captive-garibaldi population explosion: 71 newborns, no bigger than pinkie fingernails, with electric-blue spots on their backs. A year ago, most of those fish would have died in infancy. But new care and feeding techniques have dramatically improved their survival rate.
August 12, 2013 | By Naomi Cahn and June Carbone
When does a man become a father - the legally recognized parent of a child, responsible for support and eligible for custody? Historically, parenthood has involved something more than simply a biological connection. In some eras that meant the law recognized only fathers who married the mothers. Today, recognition extends to unmarried parents who raise a child together. The new question on the table is whether it extends to a man who donates sperm to a woman and establishes a relationship with the child.
August 6, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Scientists at Georgia Tech have created a Mona Lisa reproduction about 30 microns wide, or about one-third the width of a human hair. The team also created a few microscopic Ansel Adams landscape reproductions as well, but copyright issues prevented the scientists from sharing those with the rest of us. Although you can find one of them -- a reproduction of a 1932 picture of a rose with driftwood -- in a study about the process that created these...
May 15, 2013 | By Alison Block
Jennifer was one of my first patients as a new doctor, and she came to see me about an unintended pregnancy. A single mom to a rambunctious 5-year-old girl, Jennifer was struggling economically and battling depression. We talked about the options available to her: continuing the pregnancy and preparing to parent another child, offering the baby for adoption or having an abortion. She chose to continue with the pregnancy, and I worked with her over the following months as she struggled with the discomforts of pregnancy, excessive weight gain and the anxiety of having to raise two small children on her own. Seven months later, I delivered Jennifer's beautiful baby boy. Six weeks after that, I saw Jennifer, her new baby and her 5-year-old for a joint checkup.
March 19, 2013
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple should not sign any of the legislature's half-dozen bills that seek to subvert a well-established constitutional right to abortion. Late last week, the North Dakota legislature passed a bill that would ban a woman from having an abortion as soon as the heartbeat of the fetus is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. If Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs it into law, North Dakota will have the ignominious distinction of being the most restrictive state in the country on abortion.
March 2, 1986
Elaine Kendall, in her review of "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood (The Book Review, Feb. 9), states: "Unlike science fiction, which is sharply fanciful, this sort of speculative literature merely extrapolates from past and present experience to a future firmly based upon actuality, beginning with events that have already taken place and extending them a bit beyond the inevitable conclusions." This statement is not supported by the material presented in the review. For a novel that is set in the late 22nd Century to be based on the forcing of fertile females to reproduce against their will with partners forced on them, in order to relieve a birthrate that has fallen below replacement level, makes no sense when already in the late 20th Century there exists such technologies as in-vitro fertilization and embryo transfer and sperm banks that allow for donor insemination, and these alone herald the future development of yet other and more successful technologies.
December 19, 2012
For too long in the Philippine Congress, the priorities of the Roman Catholic Church took precedence over what most Filipinos wanted - and needed. Finally, after 14 years of debate and delay, lawmakers passed a bill that will provide free or subsidized birth control to poor people as well as require sex education in schools and mandate training in family planning for community health workers. Even though 80% of the nation's population is Catholic, birth control has long been available to those who want it - as long as they could pay. Contraception has been out of reach for most of the poor, though.
June 16, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A 100-year-old downtown building with a mural by artist Johanna Poethig on one side is about to get a face-lift. But the 19-year-old mural ultimately will return to a different wall of the same building. Los Angeles city officials gathered Friday to announce the digital preservation of the mural, which in two years time will be resized and repainted on the onetime department store on Broadway near 4th Street. The nonprofit Social and Public Art Resource Center, a mural preservation organization, will use new technology to preserve Poethig's "Calle de la Eternidad" mural, which was painted on the building's facade in 1993.
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