February 15, 2010
EVENTS Free Autry Admission for Kids The Autry invites kids ages 9 and under to celebrate Presidents Day with free all-day access to the museum's exhibits, including "The Art of Native American Basketry" and "Masters of the American West." Free craft activity included. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults, $9; children, free. (323) 667-2000. www.autrynationalcenter .org . BOOKS Robert Stone Stone spent part of his childhood in an orphanage, was a member of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and a journalist in Vietnam.
November 26, 2004 |
Robert STONE hesitates to call himself a historian, although he does the historian's job, excavating facts from the remnants of modern memory. Yes, he majored in history at the University of Wisconsin, but his father, chair of the history department at Princeton University, was the real historian. Stone is our contemporary equivalent, a documentary filmmaker, and he has a particular fascination for the recent past.
March 1, 1992 |
Even the climate in "Outerbridge Reach" speaks corruption. It declares America's decline in loyalty, valor, love, republican virtue, individual pride, sound workmanship and the tang of the wilderness. Global consumer greed equals global warming; it has been the mildest winter in 100 years: "The ambiguity of the weather made time seem slack and the year spiritless." Such is the opening and theme of Robert Stone's novel about a man's ill-fated revolt against the moral entropy of the day.
April 20, 2003 |
The title of Robert Stone's new novel, "Bay of Souls," is evocative of other times, of thwarted adventurers on the high seas, of midnight attacks, of political intrigue and spies, of palm trees and beaches under the moon and important moral imperatives. Say "Bay of ... " to Americans of a certain age, and they'll know how to finish the phrase. Stone is one of our great living writers, and always an explosive and problematic one. He can set a scene like almost no one else.
April 30, 2003 |
On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Le Meridien Hotel in Beverly Hills looks like a setting from a Robert Stone novel, a study in contrasts, in silence and movement, in darkness and light. In the back of the lobby, the hotel bar sprawls like some abandoned post-colonial outpost, empty except for CNN beaming the latest images from Iraq. A few feet away, a Japanese model poses before a fountain. As a photographer circles deliberately, like a predator, assistants jostle for position at his side.
January 6, 2007 |
ON a warm afternoon in the summer of 1969, the novelist Robert Stone and two friends were hiking in the Big Sur wilderness, beginning a three-day trek to a Zen monastery 27 miles away. It was a transcendentally beautiful moment, with the ocean crashing below. Then a park ranger's radio crackled to life: Two armed fugitives, one wearing a German army uniform, were loose in the area and considered highly dangerous. Later that same night, U.S. astronauts began their historic moonwalk.