April 23, 2014 |
The image of bandit Jesus Malverde turns up as a kind of venerated saint inside " Quitapesares (Solace)," a makeshift chapel by artist Maria Romero erected near the end of a large new exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum. On May 3, 1909, the outlaw was hanged from a tree in the town of Culiacán, capital of Sinaloa near the country's northwest coast, by the federal government of Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz. He was left to rot in the sun. At least, that's what people say. Historians have found no evidence that the story is true.
April 21, 2014 |
Gene Luen Yang has been getting a lot of attention from prize juries for his two-part graphic novel for young adults, "Boxers and Saints. " Set at the end of the 19th century, it begins with the story of a Chinese boy inspired by traditional Chinese gods to fight foreign oppression; in part two, an unwanted Chinese girl finds refuge with Christians who are threatened by the rebellion of the first book. "Boxers and Saints" was a finalist for the National Book Award in November, and in April it took the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature.
April 12, 2014
Most of the several hundred letters I read each week can best be described as adversarial: They take issue with healthcare reform, the handling of the crisis in Ukraine, politics in Washington and any number of topics where there is little middle ground. Occasionally, an uplifting story will provide some respite from the ceaseless debates. This week, reporter Kurt Streeter's Column One on Jeff Dietrich and Catherine Morris of the Catholic Worker movement - a husband-wife team whose lifelong work has been to "enable" skid row's homeless - did just that.
March 13, 2014 |
Darren Sproles is coming off one of his least productive NFL seasons. But if he can bounce back in 2014, the Philadelphia Eagles may have gotten a huge bargain for the second of their two fifth-round draft picks this year. Sproles is headed to Philadelphia from New Orleans, where he spent the last three seasons after spending the first five of his career in San Diego. Although he's technically a running back, versatility is key to Sproles' game. In 2011, his first season with the Saints, Sproles led the league with 2,696 all-purpose yards - 603 rushing (with two touchdowns)
March 10, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY - If nothing else, the slaying of cartel boss Nazario Moreno Gonzalez by Mexican soldiers may have burst the bubble of mysticism that had made him one of the stranger figures to emerge in the country's drug war. Moreno, whose nicknames included "El Mas Loco" ("The Craziest"), was a founder of Michoacan state's La Familia drug cartel and its offshoot, the Knights Templar - groups that have moved massive amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs north to the United States.
March 6, 2014 |
George Lopez, the comedian, has a new sitcom on FX, "Saint George. " Like its stablemate "Anger Management," which guarantees you'll have Charlie Sheen to kick around for a while, it is being launched on what's called a 10/90 deal: If the first 10 episodes do well enough by some secret contractual standard, the network buys 90 more, to make a syndication-friendly 100. The series, which premieres Thursday, is Lopez's second sitcom, after the family...