July 6, 1986 |
One of the few Democratic senators who were reelected in the Reagan landslide of 1980 was Max Baucus of Montana. On Baucus' staff, working as a special assistant, is an ex-priest (or unemployed priest) named Michael Miles, whose story deserves to be better known than it is and may become so with the publication this month of his deeply affecting book "Love Is Always" (Morrow: $17.95).
August 11, 2005
Can we call a moratorium on the word "hipster"? Its use has been escalating in The Times, reaching an apotheosis of sorts with S. Irene Virbila's review of the Lodge ("A High-Stakes Enterprise," Aug. 4), which contained the word, not once, not twice, but three times. This in a review of about 400 words. Years ago, "hipster" would have been taken as a compliment, but since its resurrection, it has been used ironically as a label for the terminally trendy. RICHARD HARRIS Los Angeles
April 19, 1987 |
Thousands of Christians thronged the site of the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter eve to watch priests solemnly light giant candles, known as holy fire. The candles, a symbol of Christ's light to the world, cast a glow on the upturned faces of the faithful who crowded the darkened Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's old walled city to prepare for the most holy of Christian holidays. While pilgrims prayed, groups of armed border policemen in green uniforms patrolled in front of the church.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1996
Luis John Gianettoni, 85, of Camarillo, died Saturday after a sudden illness. An 18-year resident of Ventura County, Gianettoni was a retired welder in the aerospace field. He was born Nov. 16, 1911, in Arroyo Grande. Gianettoni is survived by a son, Frank Gianettoni of Ridgecrest; a daughter, Judy Soteros of Kalispell, Mont.; nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pierce Brothers Griffin Mortuary Chapel in Camarillo.
March 30, 1997 |
Lurking just beneath the surface of a lot of reporting and commentary on the Heaven's Gate suicides in Rancho Santa Fe--as it does in virtually every story about "cults"--is the not-so-subtle intimation, "See? This is what religion gets you." Religion gets you death: self-inflicted, unnecessary, pathological, unnatural, unreal. Religion is death-dealing. Watch out. Flannery O'Connor was frequently asked why Southern authors had a penchant for "writing about freaks."
October 5, 1987 |
Al Rosen, the president and general manager of the San Francisco Giants, has a unique way of dealing with stress. After watching his team play at Candlestick Park, Rosen returns to his office, takes a bat, or maybe just his foot, and knocks the bejeebers out of an inflatable punching bag. "I got it good the other night," Rosen said recently. "I felt a lot better, too." But, really, what does this guy have to be stressed-out about?
April 18, 1992 |
It used to be very simple: Catholics knelt, Baptists did not. But like so many other things, the posture of prayer has become so much more complicated in the 1990s. Prominent evangelical pastors are calling their flocks to their knees, while American Catholics are considering a proposal to make kneeling optional. Even Presbyterians who prided themselves on never leaving their seats have been lifted from them by folk guitar services and the charismatic movement.
December 3, 1995 |
To interview German artist Sigmar Polke is to know how Margaret Dumont must've felt trying to get a straight answer out of the Marx Brothers. Granted, it's kind of fun having Polke run circles around you as he deftly deflects every question you lob his way, but it's hard to respect yourself later when you realize that he got through the interview without revealing much about himself. He's an elusive character, but he's so bloody charming it's easy to overlook that fact.