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January 30, 1985
Sometimes, it seems the little things can make a big difference. Even in basketball. At range County high schools this season, four players epitomize the usefulness of small players--5-foot 5 3/4-inch Nam Cao, 5-7 Reggie Brown, 5-9 Will Jeffers and 5-7 Jason Hamlin. With their outstanding ball handling and shooting, they are proving height isn't the only measure of success on the court.
April 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Yes, he even falls with grace. Mikhail Baryshnikov doesn't get much opportunity to dance in "Man in a Case," a performance piece that has been adapted from the Anton Chekhov short stories "The Man in a Case" and "About Love. " The most he offers is a few moves wreathed in air quotes. But there's a point in the production, which opened Thursday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, when he slides down a steep flight of steps that is more revealing of his character than anything thus far in his portrayal.
June 28, 2009 | George Ducker, Ducker is a writer in Los Angeles.
"The world which is being pictured by the story writers of today . . . is, by and large, and vividly, this day's, this troubled minute's, world." So Wilbur Daniel Steele wrote in the introduction to the 1943 edition of "The O. Henry Prize Stories." Created 90 years ago as a memorial to the twist-as-ending master whose real name was William Sydney Porter, the idea was to spotlight 20 or so works each year while singling out a top three.
April 21, 2014
Kevin Sharp Country singer scored a handful of hits after overcoming cancer Kevin Sharp , 43, a Northern California-reared country singer whose gentle tenor voice helped him score a handful of country hits in the late 1990s after winning a battle with cancer as a teenager, died Saturday at his mother's home in Fair Oaks, a Sacramento suburb. It wasn't the cancer that took his life but complications from a digestive system illness he developed in recent years and for which he underwent surgery about five years ago, his sister, Mary Huston, said.
June 10, 2012 | By Laura Skandera Trombley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Complete Short Stories Mark Twain Introduction by Adam Gopnik Everyman's Library: 716 pp., $28 Mark Twain was on the lecture circuit for over three decades. He would take the stage feigning bemusement at discovering his audience and stand silently smoking one of the 30 cigars he would enjoy that day. He was a solitary performer working in dusty, drafty, dimly lit halls, sans audio equipment, Twain knew every trick to keep his audiences engaged. His delivery, emotion, intelligence and humor would bring crowds to their feet.
Alice Adams, whose acutely observed and elegantly written novels and short stories focused on women's struggles to find meaningful lives, died Thursday in San Francisco. She was 72 and had been treated for heart problems a few days before her death, said Victoria Wilson, her editor for the last 25 years. A native of Fredericksburg, Va.
March 15, 1986
Margaret Shedd, whose short stories appeared in many national publications, died at her Berkeley home last Sunday. She was 87. Her most recent novel, "A Silence in Bilbao," was published in 1974. It dealt with the Basque struggles in Franco's Spain. Her work was anthologized in "O. Henry Best Short Stories" and also appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Harper's, Collier's and Encounter.
March 6, 1998 | TROY HEIE
The Ojai Valley Library Foundation will sponsor a night of short-story readings Saturday that will include a performance by television and film star Larry Hagman, organizers said. The "Ojai Shorts" event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Thacher School, 5052 Thacher Road. Tickets are $35 per person or $100 for entry to the pre-event VIP reception, organizer Lisa Meeker said.
Gina Berriault, who won the National Book Critics Circle and Pen Faulkner awards in 1997 for her collection of short stories "Women in Their Beds," has died. The 73-year-old Berriault, a longtime resident of Northern California, died in Sausalito on July 15 after a brief illness. Throughout her career, critical notices for Berriault were generally positive, while book sales were not. Andre Dubus called her "a splendid but unheralded writer."
It's too bad that television doesn't seem to have an appropriate format to deal with short stories. The rich, dramatic texturing of the three tales by African American authors that have been dramatized for HBO's "America's Dream" provides impressive evidence of the absorbing potential of this far too neglected form. Richard Wright's "Long Black Song," placed in the rural South of the early '30s, deals with one of the essential black-white issues without settling upon cheap or easy solutions.
April 19, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Mikhail Baryshnikov's earliest experience in the theater began when he was a child of just 4 or 5 in present-day Latvia, then a part of the Soviet Union. His mother, a Russian speaker unfamiliar with the local tongue, would drag along her young son to play interpreter. Now, after a career in dance, film and television, he's performing the title role in "Man in a Case," a multimedia adaptation of two short stories by Anton Chekhov running April 24 through May 10 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
April 12, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
For B.J. Novak, whose father was an author, writing seemed like a “regular thing to do” but not necessarily a desired profession. “When I was a kid and people would ask, 'Are you going to be a writer like your dad?' I was like, 'Oh no, why would I do that dorky thing and go upstairs and write all day?' ” Novak said at his Los Angeles Times Festival of Books appearance Saturday. It wasn't until Novak, who grew up in Newton, Mass., saw Quentin Tarantino's “Pulp Fiction” that he realized “being a writer was cool and not [just]
April 7, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Quinn Emmett is a Los Angeles-based actor and a screenwriter. But he has also, perhaps surprisingly, found himself as the editor and publisher of the Fog Horn , a new digital literary magazine. Publishing four short stories a month, the Fog Horn is available as an app for the iPad or iPhone, and has made a point of showcasing emerging writers - and paying them for their work. “Our name, the Fog Horn,” Emmett writes on the magazine's website, “is drawn from one of [Ray]
February 18, 2014
Bob Casale Guitarist with '80s group Devo Bob Casale, 61, guitarist for Devo, whose commercial success peaked in the early '80s with the MTV hit "Whip It," died unexpectedly Monday of heart failure in Marina del Rey, his brother Gerald said. Bob had recently been hospitalized because of stomach ailments, his brother said Tuesday, but had been thought to be recovering. Gerald said his younger brother was otherwise in good health and had been working on numerous Devo-related projects.
February 14, 2014 | By Kera Bolonik
B.J. Novak wrote for and costarred in NBC's hit series "The Office" for eight seasons, a quiet member of a hilariously brash ensemble, playing the smug Ryan Howard. So when he unleashed his literary debut, "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories" (Alfred A. Knopf: 276 pp., $24.95), as part of a two-book, seven-figure deal with the literary stalwart publisher, there was no reason to think that Novak wasn't just another actor with writerly delusions. In fact, he was succumbing to his fate.
February 6, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Be careful what you write -- even in fiction. Town leaders in Nakatonbetsu, Japan, are up in arms about a short story by Haruki Murakami. They say the story "Drive my car -- men without women" insults their town. And, they told the AFP , they plan to demand an explanation from Murakami, one of the nation's leading authors. The story was published in the December issue of the Japanese magazine Bungeishunju. In it, a widowed middle-aged man is traveling in a car being driven by a young woman.  The driver flips a lighted cigarette out her window, and the man thinks, "Probably this is something everyone in Nakatonbetsu commonly does.
June 6, 1998
William Abrahams, 79, editor of about 350 books, including those of such authors as Lillian Hellman and William Inge. Abrahams also presided over the annual O. Henry short story awards for more than three decades, editing annual anthologies of short stories he thought were the year's best. Abrahams wrote four successful novels and published several poems before becoming an editor with the Atlantic Monthly Press in 1963. He also edited books for Holt, Reinhart & Winston and Dutton.
January 9, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Actress, director, producer, winemaker and Flower Beauty entrepreneur Drew Barrymore is adding another job to her resume. Beginning today, Barrymore will be editor-at-large at  Refinery29 , contributing stories monthly to the online style publication that claims more than 8 million unique viewers per month. "The Internet terrifies me because I just don't feel like I grew up with technology," Barrymore said by phone earlier this week. "However, I love the aspect of a library of information at your fingertips, guides and how tos, lists and best ofs. Refinery has all that.
November 23, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Wanda Coleman, a provocative Los Angeles poet who wrote lyrically and often angrily about the trials of life in her native metropolis, commenting on poverty, sexuality, racial politics, crime and other urban tensions, died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long illness. She was 67. Her death was confirmed by her husband, poet Austin Straus. A native of Watts, Coleman was long regarded as the city's unofficial poet laureate, who during a four-decade career wrote 22 books, including novels and collections of short stories and essays.
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