April 19, 2013 |
In the late 1960s, Judy Juanita was a college undergraduate in the Bay Area and editor of a Black Panther Party newspaper. Now her new novel, "Virgin Soul" (Viking, $26.95), recounts the story of Geniece, an undergraduate who joins the Panthers. But "Virgin Soul" is not thinly veiled memoir. "This young woman and I are two different people," Juanita says. Unlike many books written by former radicals, "Virgin Soul" isn't aiming to settle old scores. Instead, Juanita - a poet, playwright and academic based in Oakland - has penned a witty and deeply engaging coming-of-age story about ideas and the passions generated by revolution and romantic love.
August 10, 2009 |
"Revolution" is not a word you hear used seriously in America nowadays, possibly because of all the promised revolutions that failed or possibly because it has become co-opted, commercialized and devalued ("a revolution in hair care," that sort of thing). It was not so long ago, however, by geological time, that it evoked something more tangible: a real and imminent change in the way the world was run and who ran it in a time when the country seemed poised on the edge of several sorts of civil war and the culture was perpetually convulsive.
March 30, 2012
When: 8. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 1330 and 1220. Records: Galaxy 1-1, Revolution 1-2. Record vs. New England (2011): 1-0-1. Update: The Galaxy, whose far-flung players didn't come together as a team until just days before the season opener, used its two-week break to try to develop some much-needed chemistry on the training pitch, but it also may have lost captain and playmaker Landon Donovan, who will probably miss the game with tightness in his left quad.
August 31, 1986 |
Ever since the Beatles made rock music safe for the middle class, there hasn't exactly been a dearth of books on the subject. A few are still landmarks--in the States, Robert Christgau's smart and nervy "Any Old Way You Choose It" and Greil Marcus' passionate "Mystery Train," for two. But otherwise, during rock's countercultural heyday, its possibilities seemed so limitless that even the most serious attempts at analysis made wild claims for both...
September 13, 2009 |
Three decades of assumptions about Iran -- including the premises behind Washington's recent outreach to Tehran -- have been transformed by its stunning uprising. It's time for a policy rethink. The Obama administration's offer to engage was the right idea. But the theocracy's brutal crackdown on the opposition since the June 12 presidential election, followed by the purge of senior politicians in show trials and an alarming increase in general executions, marks a turning point for Iran's revolution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2013 |
The Los Angeles headquarters of the Socialist Workers Party is a storefront next to a taqueria on Western Avenue. The concrete patch behind it is ringed by concertina wire. On Saturday afternoon, a man unloaded Air Jordans onto the hood of his Buick Regal around the corner and hawked them to passers-by. Inside the office, Norton Sandler - the party's mayoral candidate - sat at a card table, flanked by two of his supporters. His wife, Barbara, busied herself in the back. The bare room was lined with racks of books from the party's publishing arm, Pathfinder Press, whose roots go back to 1930.
September 27, 2009 |
Miranda Lambert is chatting happily about her forthcoming album, "Revolution," due out Tuesday, while seated in a booth in a deserted hotel restaurant in Pomona a few hours before a performance at the L.A. County Fair. At one point, she starts hemming and hawing about her abilities as a singer -- even though she's one of the Country Music Assn.'s nominees for best female vocalist for its upcoming awards -- sputtering out with halting pride something about the confidence she thinks is evident on the new record.
May 27, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt's presidential candidates were busy Saturday polishing sound bites and stretching the facts a bit as they re-marketed themselves as guardians of the uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak and led to the nation's first free election for a leader in history. The campaigns of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik sought to broaden their appeal before their runoff election next month. Neither man is regarded as epitomizing the spirit of the revolution - Shafik was prime minister during the deadly crackdowns on protesters days before Mubarak fell last year - but politics is often about image readjustment.
July 20, 2012 |
As Syrian opposition leaders threw punches at one another early this month in a five-star Cairo hotel, rebel fighters in Idlib province spent hours trying to fight off tanks, armored vehicles and attack helicopters with little more than Kalashnikov rifles. By nightfall, as the rebels fled shelling that reportedly killed dozens, conference members continued to fight over post-revolution plans. The conference scuffle laid bare power struggles among Syrians seeking the overthrow of President Bashar Assad, despite a conflict that has moved ever closer to the Syrian leader.