April 22, 2009 |
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. often spoke of public charity and how every person "must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." It is a lesson that appears lost on his own children. The King family has long been criticized for insisting on payment for the use of their father's name, image, speeches and virtually anything that they can claim for themselves or their foundation.
October 12, 2008 |
IN CERTAIN circles, the Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas represents the ultimate destination for professionals for whom fast living and hard partying are job descriptions. Yet louche lifestyles have a way of staying within conventional boundaries at the recently expanded all-suite hotel. It is no accident that this newly glamorous West Hollywood hideaway shelters and pampers its famous guests. The place is like a luxurious asylum for the seriously needy. Need a 24-hour butler? The Marquis has it.
August 3, 2008
I very much enjoyed Scott Timberg's piece on "Shameless Pleasures," [July 27] as well as the entire Calendar and Arts & Music sections on the same theme. Though both of those sections are devoted to the topic "Shameless Pleasures," it's interesting to note that many of the contributors chose to characterize them as "guilty" pleasures. Students of the human condition, anthropologists and classicists have long noted and distinguished what has been termed "shame culture" and "guilt culture," a distinction articulated particularly well by E.R. Dodds in his opening chapter of "The Greeks and the Irrational."
May 7, 2008
The military rulers of Myanmar are brutal, repressive, incompetent, superstitious -- in sum, genuinely loathsome. But now is not the moment to say so, as the White House has made a habit of doing lately. With the death toll from the worst Southeast Asian cyclone since 1991 mounting to more than 22,000, and with at least 41,000 more people missing, this is the time to offer help -- and to pray for the sake of the afflicted that it will be accepted.
March 2, 2008 |
Sentimentality for the commonplace is one of the defining characteristics of grown-up cities, which can be so heartless otherwise. When even a corner bar closes, some locals get all weepy if the bar has been around longer than they have. That some Angelenos are getting sentimental over threatened Los Angeles landmarks signals something about a maturing city, but in the crazy way this city has of layering every good intention with irony. The Hollywood sign is the current example.
February 27, 2007 |
FLOATING through the snow in their tinted-windowed SUVs, shrouded in baubles and whispered fears of losing it all, the Russian rich sometimes sense that their imaginations are not as outlandish as their offshore bank accounts. And so they turn to Sergei Knyazev. They call him the "producer." He loves saying that; he even embossed it on his business card.
August 7, 2005 |
Masked rebel leader Subcommander Marcos emerged from the jungle for the first time in four years Saturday to castigate Mexico's presidential candidates as "shameless scoundrels" and said he would back none in next year's election. The Zapatista rebel leader's appearance at a meeting of activists in southern Mexico's Chiapas state seemed to be aimed at reclaiming a political role for the rebels before the election next July. "They'll pay for everything they have done to us.
May 25, 2005 |
When I first heard about the Range Rover Sport -- a low-slung performance SUV from the Wellie-wearing stalwarts at Land Rover -- I had to engage the traction control on my gag reflex. Oh, please. It's one thing if dollar-drunk pro athletes and celebs want to slam their Range Rovers with 22-inch wheels, plastic aero petticoats and belly-scraping suspension mods, and in the process give these amazing off-roaders the engineering equivalent of a lobotomy.
April 1, 2005 |
From "Father Knows Best" to "The Brady Bunch," to "Cosby," from "Lost in Space" to "The Waltons," from "Eight Is Enough" to "Cosby," "The Flintstones" to "The Simpsons" to "The Sopranos," family is television's great subject -- which is only fitting, since it lives in your house. It joins you for dinner, baby-sits your kids, talks to you when you have nothing to say, puts you to bed.
June 2, 2004 |
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