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June 28, 2009 | Susan Salter Reynolds
The Last Supper A Summer in Italy Rachel Cusk Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 240 pp., $25 She is restless. It is a "kind of curse, like the curses in mythology that are forever sending people from their homes to seek what perhaps can never be found." Rachel Cusk, her husband and two children pick up and go from their home in England to spend a few months in Italy, in a rented villa near Arezzo and on the Amalfi coast.
June 25, 2009 | Claire Noland
Anne Roberts Nelson, a pioneering television executive with CBS who negotiated contracts for long-running hits such as "I Love Lucy" and "Gunsmoke," has died. She was 86. Nelson, who was hired in 1945 and was the longest-serving CBS employee, with 64 years at the network, died Saturday of natural causes at her home in Baldwin Hills, the network announced.
July 19, 2008
Wow, I thought last year's Kobe vs. Lakers soap opera was the ultimate in off-season melodramas, but the current Brett vs. Packers show could ramp up to heights unseen! Can't wait to see the next plot twist! Will the Packers hold firm and continue to tell St. Brett he's no longer welcome? (Dramatic organ music . . . ) Will our beloved QB stick it to the team by showing up at camp, seeking to wreck the romance between the franchise and young, untested Aaron Rodgers? (Organ music swells . . . )
July 11, 2008 | Bill Plaschke
He's happy. But he's not that happy. He loves Joe Torre. But he hates that some of his prized kids don't pay attention to him. He thinks it would be unfair to discuss Ned Colletti. But I'm guessing that discussion wouldn't be very pretty. With the All-Star break beckoning, with his team bearing down on both first place and abject mediocrity, Frank McCourt phoned the other night to offer his midseason view of the Dodgers.
June 17, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Early in “Young & Restless in China," an ambitious "Frontline" look at several young Chinese over a four-year span, we meet Wang Xiaolei, who has a neck tattoo and a passion for rap music. He wants to rap his way to the new prosperity being enjoyed by some -- although not all -- of his countrymen. His lyrics tell of his ambitions: "I'm a capitalist, never been on welfare I'm smart so we'll all get rich. Come with me man, make money, get you Hey, it's your call." "Young & Restless" follows Wang on his journey, popping in every year or so to gauge his progress.
April 15, 2008 | Jerome Karabel, Jerome Karabel is a professor of sociology at UC Berkeley and the author of "The Chosen," an award-winning book on the history of admission and exclusion at Harvard, Yale and Princeton.
As go the young, so go the futures of political parties. In the fierce and seemingly endless battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the enthusiastic involvement of an unprecedented number of young people -- roughly 14% of Democratic primary voters, up from 9% in 2004 -- presents the Democrats with an extraordinary opportunity to reshape U.S. politics in the coming years. It is theirs to seize or to squander.
March 28, 2008 | Mikael Wood, Special to The Times
TUESDAY was a typically busy day for Saul Williams. Seven dates into a monthlong North American tour in support of his new album, "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!," the writer-actor-musician was passing through the town he lives in for a sold-out concert that night at the Troubadour.
March 22, 2008
I have to add to your reviewer's passionate bravas for Judy Kaye in the touring production of "Sweeney Todd" now at the Ahmanson Theatre ["Tuneful Barbarism," by Charles McNulty, March 14]. She gives a performance that is really out of this world. I've seen many productions of "Sweeney," including the Broadway original, but I've never seen a Mrs. Lovett this complex. I cannot overstate how moved I was -- as was all of the upper mezzanine, including a restless bunch of high schoolers.
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