October 24, 1985 |
Shapes can make a difference in the world of food. Animal shapes, floral designs, hearts, diamonds and other familiar forms send pretty pictures to mind. For the skilled, all it takes to create shapes for picturesque eating is the masterful manipulation of a sharp knife. The less-fortunate majority can avail themselves of myriads of garnishing tools and all-purpose cutters found in any cookware shop.
August 9, 1987 |
Soft-spoken, tousle-topped, pale and slim, Elizabeth Murray can melt right into a crowd. Her paintings, on the other hand, have punched their way to the top of the heap of contemporary art. Big oils on canvas often composed of several odd-shaped parts, the New York artist's works pile up and twist and crack as if propelled by some uncontrollable force. Richly painted in the center, they may blast off in all directions or drip off their edges.
September 23, 2008 |
The numbers that relegated Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera to second-tier status weren't his goals-against average or save percentage. LaBarbera, usually steady and occasionally exceptional, sabotaged his chances to excel by carrying too much weight and too high a body-fat percentage on his 6-foot-3 frame. His mass allowed him to cover a lot of net, but his bulkiness hampered his lateral movement. He knew it but couldn't motivate himself to do anything about it. "It's always kind of been a black cloud over me, I think, my whole career," he said.
July 16, 1987 |
With his slash of red lipstick and eye makeup and wild tangle of hair, the Cure's Robert Smith looked like a prototype for a line of "Eraserhead" dolls on Tuesday night at the Forum. But as unlikely as it might seem from appearances, this chubby harlequin is shaping up as a major rock god.
December 4, 2002 |
What happens when an architect and a food editor team up to bring taste to bland walls? They make geometric decals in mint, lemon and tomato. Scott Flora and Jerinne Neils, who share a 1980s duplex in Venice and a fondness for Pop Art, have blended computer-generated images with vinyl film to create colorful adhesive polka dots, blocks, bolts, even invading aliens, that can be stuck on walls -- and later easily pulled off.
August 3, 1997 |
Editor's Note: When "Stories of Three Decades," containing translations of many of Thomas Mann's stories into English, was published in 1936, a number of his early pieces were not included because the translator found them to be "tentative and awkward efforts." Sixty-one years later, six of these stories are being published by the Sun & Moon Press of Los Angeles in a translation from the German by Peter Constantine and edited with an introduction by Burton Pike.