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July 28, 2009
Sarah Palin's valedictory address as governor of Alaska will (we hope) be little noted nor long remembered. But its denunciation of Hollywood and Washington insiders reflects a perennial obsession by some conservatives that mainstream politicians are too eager to indulge. As Republicans regroup after the disaster of 2008, they would be wise to resist this shrill siren song.
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NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
PARIS -- A bevy of starlets showed up for Miuccia Prada's spring-summer 2013 Miu Miu fashion show on Wednesday, the last day of Paris Fashion Week. Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfried, Berenice Bejo and current Miu Miu campaign model Chloe Sevigny sat along the sculptural wood runway at Paris' Environmental Council building for one of the last shows of the season. PHOTOS: Paris Fashion Week trends The look: Fittingly, the look was evocative of Hollywood femme fatales with a modern twist.
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NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
PARIS -- A bevy of starlets showed up for Miuccia Prada's spring-summer 2013 Miu Miu fashion show on Wednesday, the last day of Paris Fashion Week. Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfried, Berenice Bejo and current Miu Miu campaign model Chloe Sevigny sat along the sculptural wood runway at Paris' Environmental Council building for one of the last shows of the season. PHOTOS: Paris Fashion Week trends The look: Fittingly, the look was evocative of Hollywood femme fatales with a modern twist.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Wake A Novel Amanda Hocking St. Martin's: 320 pp., $17.99, ages 12 and up Amanda Hocking is self-publishing's poster child. The 27-year-old is the rare example of an author who has found amazing success through various e-book retailers where, since 2010, she's sold more than a million copies of her nine novels, optioned three of them for film and landed a $2-million publishing contract for a four-book series for young adults, the...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2012 | By Rick Schultz
The public doesn't warm to every instrument it hears. Every winter audiences are enchanted by the celesta, a kind of keyboard glockenspiel, because Tchaikovsky made its sweet sound famous in "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from "Nutcracker. " The jury is out on the siren. Edgard Varèse shocked listeners in 1930 when they heard its high-pitched wailings in his all-percussion "Ionization. " The siren will get another hearing when percussionist Steven Schick joins 47 other percussionists in a performance of John Luther Adams' outdoor piece, "Inuksuit," at the Ojai Music Festival in June.
OPINION
October 7, 2010 | Doyle McManus
November's congressional election will almost certainly create a wave of Republican victories and a long list of Democratic congressmen thrown out of office. But will the election produce a clear mandate for a new conservative agenda? That will depend on who's doing the analysis. If Republicans follow the usual pattern, the morning after election day, they will claim that the voters have delivered a clear message in favor of their agenda of lower taxes, smaller government and the repeal of President Obama's healthcare law. But the evidence for such a mandate is thin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1988 | THOMAS FERGUSON, Thomas Ferguson is a visiting professor of political science and a fellow in the McCormack Institute for Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is a co-author of "Right Turn: The Decline of the Democrats and the Future of American Politics" (Hill & Wang, 1986)
In the early spring of 1983, as John Glenn kicked off his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, "Dixie" was the No. 1 tune on the hit parade of American political commentary. In the South, ran the catchy refrain, Glenn would be invincible. As the embodiment of the region's characteristic ideals of order, fiscal austerity, morality and a bristling defense, the Ohio senator with the Eisenhower-like smile would win back moderate white "swing" voters.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Wake A Novel Amanda Hocking St. Martin's: 320 pp., $17.99, ages 12 and up Amanda Hocking is self-publishing's poster child. The 27-year-old is the rare example of an author who has found amazing success through various e-book retailers where, since 2010, she's sold more than a million copies of her nine novels, optioned three of them for film and landed a $2-million publishing contract for a four-book series for young adults, the...
NEWS
July 15, 1985 | ROBERT C. TOTH, Times Staff Writer
The United States and Australia conferred today on South Pacific security matters, with New Zealand absent for the first time in decades as the ANZUS alliance of the three nations continues to fray and as Soviet activity in the region increases. Issues being discussed by Secretary of State George P.
BOOKS
October 27, 1991 | William Broyles Jr., Broyles is the author of "Brothers in Arms: A Journey From War to Peace."
If they gave a war, Philip Caputo went. If a remote corner of the world had never seen a white man, Caputo would go there. At times, the price was a blister from a camel's saddle in an unfortunate spot; at others, wounds more serious, physically and mentally. Caputo's memoir, "Means of Escape," is far more than one man's journeys into the dark regions of our times; it is, through him, an American journey from abundance and promise, through defeat and disillusionment, to a kind of peace.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2012 | By Rick Schultz
The public doesn't warm to every instrument it hears. Every winter audiences are enchanted by the celesta, a kind of keyboard glockenspiel, because Tchaikovsky made its sweet sound famous in "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from "Nutcracker. " The jury is out on the siren. Edgard Varèse shocked listeners in 1930 when they heard its high-pitched wailings in his all-percussion "Ionization. " The siren will get another hearing when percussionist Steven Schick joins 47 other percussionists in a performance of John Luther Adams' outdoor piece, "Inuksuit," at the Ojai Music Festival in June.
OPINION
July 28, 2011 | Meghan Daum
Google+, which launched a month ago to great fanfare, is so far feeling more like Google nonplussed. Reported to have crossed the 20-million-user mark last weekend, the new social networking site is designed to correct one of Facebook's major drawbacks: the problem of too much information being shared with too many people. Instead of all social contacts being lumped into one huge group (meaning that your boss and your mother and your best friend from clown college all see the same posts)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2011
Act of Passion A Novel Georges Simenon New York Review Books: $14.95 paper Though successful at his work and family life, a doctor grows dissatisfied and restless and thinks a casual affair is the perfect answer—until the consequences are far deadlier than he ever expected. (July) The Astounding, the Amazing and the Unknown A Novel Paul Malmont Simon & Schuster: $26 The time is during World War II, and science fiction writer Robert Heinlein and his "Kamikaze Group" have been enlisted to fight the Nazis.
OPINION
October 7, 2010 | Doyle McManus
November's congressional election will almost certainly create a wave of Republican victories and a long list of Democratic congressmen thrown out of office. But will the election produce a clear mandate for a new conservative agenda? That will depend on who's doing the analysis. If Republicans follow the usual pattern, the morning after election day, they will claim that the voters have delivered a clear message in favor of their agenda of lower taxes, smaller government and the repeal of President Obama's healthcare law. But the evidence for such a mandate is thin.
TRAVEL
August 16, 2009 | Si Liberman
Buffeted by recessionary winds and swine flu fears, cruise lines are trying to entice passengers with prices and perks rarely seen in recent years: discounts off brochure prices of 70% or more, stateroom upgrades and hundreds of dollars in shipboard credits. And the cuts are in a range of cruise brands, from the modest to the high-end lines. Here are some of the bargains we found recently. In many cases, you'll have to make your decision right now. And, as always, availability is limited and not guaranteed.
OPINION
July 28, 2009
Sarah Palin's valedictory address as governor of Alaska will (we hope) be little noted nor long remembered. But its denunciation of Hollywood and Washington insiders reflects a perennial obsession by some conservatives that mainstream politicians are too eager to indulge. As Republicans regroup after the disaster of 2008, they would be wise to resist this shrill siren song.
OPINION
December 29, 2008
Re "Urgent shift in works on Afghanistan," Dec. 23 Afghanistan may become Barack Obama's Iraq. This unsettling thought, buoyed by the siren song of the outgoing administration and the military's thoughtless need to "apply a tourniquet of some kind," has great capacity to drag the U.S. into another quagmire. How many soldiers do we need to lose to prove what the Russians found out after close to 10 fruitless years in Afghanistan? Does our need for vengeance now extend to an unending war to capture a man like Osama bin Laden?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2009 | Todd Martens
When the five-day music portion of South by Southwest gets underway Wednesday in Austin, Texas -- film and interactive events began Friday -- it will do so amid the now annual doom-and-gloom music business stats. Album sales are again facing a double-digit dip, the Virgin retail chain is on the verge of closing its remaining stores and further consolidation is potentially imminent, as industry giants Live Nation and Ticketmaster aim to join forces.
OPINION
December 29, 2008
Re "Urgent shift in works on Afghanistan," Dec. 23 Afghanistan may become Barack Obama's Iraq. This unsettling thought, buoyed by the siren song of the outgoing administration and the military's thoughtless need to "apply a tourniquet of some kind," has great capacity to drag the U.S. into another quagmire. How many soldiers do we need to lose to prove what the Russians found out after close to 10 fruitless years in Afghanistan? Does our need for vengeance now extend to an unending war to capture a man like Osama bin Laden?
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