October 23, 2013 |
These days, athletes become emblems of their adoptive cities the way cigar-chomping pols and gangsters once did. Big Papi is Boston; Derek Jeter is still New York. Michael Jordan was Chicago, or Chicago was Jordan. Before that Butkus and Ditka. St. Louis, Bob Gibson and Ozzie Smith. So now L.A. has this blingy Puig character, as in Captain Queeg -- long "e," longer swing. Someone alert the chamber of commerce about this one. It's time to move on, to basketball and the Ice Capades, but let us first complete this postmortem on Yasiel Puig's inaugural season, acknowledging that the Dodgers' right fielder has become the Fresh Prince of L.A., replacing Kobe probably.
June 20, 2013 |
As sure as the sun rises in the east, a chopped-and-screwed version of Kanye West's new album “Yeezus” was inevitable, and DJ AudiTory can lay claim to the first best version. As happens these days with most pop and hip-hop album of note, soon after its Tuesday release, slowed-down, extended edits of all 10 songs on “Yeezus” started appearing online. The remixes, created by both pros and bedroom DJs looking to tap into a syrupy, Houston-born style, have become the modern-day version of reggae “dub plates.” The best of them explore, and reveal, the nooks and crannies of a recording in ways that would otherwise go unnoticed.
March 14, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Federal regulators said Thursday they would not allow Royal Dutch Shell to resume exploratory drilling off the coast of Alaska until the company comes up with a detailed operations program and management plan for operating in the Arctic to head off the mishaps that plagued the company's debut drilling season in 2012. “Shell screwed up in 2012, and we're not going to let them screw up whenever they [resume] … unless they have these systems in place,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said after a new report found that Shell's contractors were repeatedly ill-prepared to meet the demands of operating in the harsh Arctic environment.
October 23, 2012 |
I'm writing this before Monday night's presidential debate, on the assumption that neither candidate changed the dynamic of the race too dramatically. But what if one did? What if Barack Obama announced in a fit of pique that "America doesn't deserve a president as awesome as me. " Or what if Mitt Romney pulled open a panel in his chest revealing that he is, in fact, an android? And he was made in China! Or the game-changer could be something more plausible. The point is, what if something was said or done that caused large numbers of voters to change their minds?
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October 3, 2012 |
In his new book, "Total Recall," former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger explains why he didn't want to talk to the media when it was discovered that he had fathered a child with the family housekeeper. "I wanted to protect my family's privacy," Schwarzenegger writes, "which remains a priority of mine today. " That being the case, a question comes to mind. If Schwarzenegger wants to protect his family's privacy, what was he doing on "60 Minutes" Sunday night, talking about that affair and admitting to a number of others?
October 1, 2012 |
As the son of a carpenter, I have always loved wood. When I spied faded fence boards at a writing studio I once rented, I tore them off their posts. I clad the studio's concrete beam with the lumber, and later I used the boards as an expansive desk topped with glass. After 25 years the planks have found a new incarnation: as a backdrop to a pot rack and a magnetic knife strip. After taking various wall measurements, I began to affix the boards with hardened-head, 3-inch steel screws.