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January 25, 2004 | Steve Lopez
Not long ago a woman went to the Brentwood office of psychiatrist Roderic Gorney, lay down on his couch, and told him she owned 128 pairs of shoes. And yet she had not found happiness. Dozens of boots, flats and pumps, and still miserable. The woman worked as an attorney, Gorney said, and would find herself running out on lunch breaks and "prowling malls," occasionally returning some shoes but always buying more, more, more.
April 24, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
It should be incredibly dull, just a man in his car on the phone. Yet the new British film "Locke" is gripping in its simplicity, wringing deep, suspenseful drama from a man making difficult decisions from which there will be no turning back. As he drives in his car while on the phone. Ivan Locke - played by Tom Hardy, the only character seen onscreen - is a construction site foreman who is preparing for the largest job of his career, as the next morning he is to oversee the pouring of a massive concrete foundation for a skyscraper.
April 8, 2012 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Thomas Kinkade, the self-styled "Painter of Light" who died Friday at 54, once said he worked to "create images that project a serene simplicity. " But despite his astonishing commercial success with luminous seascapes and paintings of cottages and street scenes, Kinkade's life in many ways was neither serene nor simple. Millions of his paintings and prints hang in homes around the world, popularity that translated to more than $50 million in earnings for the artist from 1997 to 2005 alone.
April 15, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Since it was founded 12 years ago, the Tribeca Film Festival has sometimes swerved between identities like a barfly at happy hour, exuberant but hardly always clear. The festival looks to change that this time around. Tribeca has entered an era in which it hopes the sale last month of a 50% stake to James Dolan's Madison Square Garden Corp. gives it economic stability. It also believes it has finally found a mix of eclectic documentaries, international favorites, well-chosen independent features and even digital experiments to supplant earlier missions, which relied on a kitchen-sink approach to U.S. features or, for a number of years, star-heavy studio premieres.
September 3, 2001 | K.C. Cole
Science is a simple pleasure--the simpler, the better. In fact, simplicity is often invoked as the gold standard of a sound theory. As Einstein put it: "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." There's a reason for this beyond sheer elegance: Simplicity implies that one has managed to see through the superficial complexity of a situation straight down to the bone, to distill its pure essence. Einstein was a master at this.
December 2, 1997
Take Bill McKibben's great article ("A Holy Day of More and More Stuff," Commentary, Nov. 28), apply it all year long, add all spiritual and secular paths, and you've got the thriving voluntary simplicity movement, one of the top 10 trends of the 1990s. Rather than doing "too much damage to business," here are five ways that voluntary simplicity can be good for the economy: 1) tendency toward economic activity characterized by moderation and sufficiency, rather than excess and fluctuation; 2)
December 16, 2001
The simplicity movement is not new ["Planting Seeds for Simpler Life," Nov. 25]. Was it Thoreau who exhorted us to "Simplify, simplify!"? Nonetheless, I am delighted to see a resurging interest in the aphorism "Less is more." Though it may not result in more meaningful lives, practicing simplicity will certainly reduce debt and clutter. I find it noteworthy that this significant article appears in the Business section, which is all about maximizing material goods and encouraging conspicuous consumption.
September 12, 1990
More than 100 films and videos representing 25 Pacific Rim cultures are being screened through Sunday. Highlights of programs today and Thursday are reviewed here: Today Endymion & Selene Colombia Today with "Love, Women and Flowers" at AMC; and Friday at AFI Animated mythology by Tricia Garcia, done with a cool serenity, a simplicity and seeming artlessness that sometimes recalls the work of John and Faith Hubley.--M.W.
January 19, 1992
So Barbra Streisand thinks she would be happier chopping wood and carrying water instead of making movies. Give me a break! Why do people of wealth speak like this? Perhaps they should liquidate all their assets, get rid of all those fancy, priceless antiques (these items will get in the way of a newfound life of simplicity), and step down from their pedestals to join us real folk. GUY KILLUM Los Angeles
April 8, 2004
Re "Deep-Fat Fryers in Deep-Seated Desuetude," by Stephen Bayley, Commentary, April 1: I read Thorstein Veblen's "Theory of the Leisure Class" back in the 1960s for a university economics class. I adored the 1899 book, as it seemingly explained my '60s fascination with acquiring more and more of everything. As an Advanced Placement English teacher at Chatsworth High School, I am always trying to make connections between nonfiction classics like Veblen's and the real world of my students.
April 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the Galaxy S5, Samsung proves that less can be more. A year ago, Samsung tried to blow away consumers -- along with its chief rival, the Apple iPhone -- by packing seemingly every feature known to man into one device. The Galaxy S4 was a success, but consumers struggled to grasp the full capabilities of the device. To improve user experience, Samsung has gone the opposite way with the GS5. It consolidated many features into more understandable groups and eliminated other features altogether.
April 11, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The earth did quake; the rocks rent, and the graves were opened. Then peace was made with God as Jesus' body came to rest. That peace, and with it the ability to notice beauty in all things, is expressed in the last aria of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," which begins with the text, "Make thyself clean, my heart. " This aria is among the most sublime gifts given in all of music, a vision far better suited for the soul than the stage. Yet Peter Brook tailors it meticulously to "The Suit.
December 30, 2013 | Sandy Banks
If my New Year's resolution holds in 2014, this is the last time I'll wind up staring blankly at my computer screen as my column deadline bears down. I've been thinking about what to write all week, in between shopping, cooking, kicking back and outings with my daughters. So many things seemed to interest me during this holiday season. But now I can't seem to grab hold of a single idea. If I'd managed to adhere to last year's resolution - keep a notebook with me at all times, to record my thoughts and feelings about what I see, hear and read - I wouldn't be struggling right now to make sense of a tired mind's cacophony.
December 7, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Theater Critic
These days it seems as though every time I turn around there's another installment of the Peter Pan story. Next stop for that flighty green-garbed spotlight-chaser: his own reality TV series, "The Real Lost Boys of Neverland," followed by a special edition of "Celebrity Rehab" for perennial pubescents. In the meantime, there's "Peter and the Starcatcher" at the Ahmanson Theatre to satisfy our co-dependent need for the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Try as I did to resist this touring Broadway production - story theater for adults about a character as overexposed as Kim Kardashian?
October 9, 2013 | Geoffrey Mohan
USC chemistry professor Arieh Warshel can thank curiosity and weak computers for the Nobel prize in chemistry he won Wednesday. To figure out the blazingly fast chemical ballet performed by the body's proteins, Warshel had to form questions that could easily be handled by the limited power of computers developed in the 1970s. He kept his method simple even as computers - and his field of computational chemistry -  evolved. At 2 a.m. Wednesday, it paid off with a long-distance call from Stockholm and a voice telling him he would share science's top honor with Michael Levitt of Stanford and Martin Karplus of Harvard.
May 12, 2013 | By Heather John Fogarty
If you're in the market for lingerie, you're in good company. The intimate apparel industry as a whole is on the rise, according to Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at the NPD Group. "Sales in the women's market started off slow in 2012 but started to gain momentum. All of a sudden, intimate apparel has become a very passionate category," Cohen says. "Women have gone so long without purchasing ... that it's time to update their wardrobes. " But selecting the right underpinnings can be a delicate matter.
February 21, 1998 | CYNDI Y. NIGHTENGALE
There's nothing complicated or overly ornate about the debut collection from City Studio of Los Angeles. The streamlined, classic look is what's so appealing about the first line of furniture by designers Toby Mazzie and Tony Fernandez, who recently started City Studio to create original furniture. The two had been working as a team since 1993, when Fernandez joined City Antiques, which Mazzie had opened the previous year.
March 15, 2013 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
VATICAN CITY - Instead of the bus, a chauffeur. No longer a tiny apartment, but a penthouse suite. Not just a new name, but his own personal coat of arms. Such are the perks and trappings of office being thrust upon Pope Francis as he assumes leadership of the Roman Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion followers. There's just one catch: He may not want them. Like a man who has won the lottery against his will, the new pontiff has already begun refusing some of the privileges that come with his new job, in keeping with the austere, almost ascetic ways he has pursued up to now as a Jesuit priest.
January 31, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Jose Landaverde was inspired to cook by memories of making pupusas with his late father, who was killed in El Salvador. Jorge Perez's interest in food was cultivated by his grandfather, a caterer who introduced him to exotic spices on a trip to Thailand. And Lucile Flores was practically raised in kitchens, especially at the Jack in the Box restaurant where both of her parents work. Drawn to food by powerful family ties, the Los Angeles Unified student chefs took their culinary interest a grand step further Thursday as they vied to win the local round of a national high school healthful cooking competition.
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