April 27, 2004 |
New York Jon STEWART knows comedians are not supposed to get angry. Angry is not funny. But when he starts talking about the Bush administration's fondness for demonizing its critics or its refusal to concede an error in judgment, well, he just starts to boil over.
May 6, 2004 |
A gung-ho President Bush and a sanctimonious Prime Minster Tony Blair made their sing-along debut on the London stage this week -- in a musical satire about the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Alistair Beaton's "Follow My Leader" at London's Hampstead Theatre is unlikely to be music to their ears, though: It depicts Blair as a God-fearing, image-conscious puppet of the Americans while Bush appears as a religious zealot whose only aim is to increase U.S. influence in the world.
April 6, 2004 |
Canadian rocker Alanis Morissette didn't bare her breast like Janet Jackson, but she did bare her soul Sunday night at Canada's annual music awards, demonstrating her disdain for what she called "hypocritical U.S. censorship." Hosting the 2004 Juno Awards ceremonies, Canada's version of the Grammys, Morissette disrobed on stage in Edmonton to reveal a skin-colored, naked body suit with nipples and pubic hair.
August 17, 1995 |
The term shish kebab was familiar to Americans as early as the 1940s. A popular recipe during World War II's meat rationing was Spam-kabobs, which involved chunks of Spam and canned pineapple. In the 1960s, at least in California, shish kebab was widely understood to be red meat marinated in red wine or a mixture of wine and vinegar.
February 10, 1985
In view of the spate of letters defending restaurant critic Colman Andrews (Reader Comment, Jan. 27 and Calendar Letters, Feb. 3), I'd like to stick in my two cents. Andrews is one of The Times' better judges of food, at least when compared to those two snob-queens, Lois Dwan and Ruth Reichl. Not only must we put up with Dwan's nauseatingly patronizing attitudes, but we're forced to suffer along with her trials and tribulations due to sub-par menus, thoughtless maitre 'd's, bored waiters, and (oh my!
July 2, 2007 |
I for one am mighty relieved to find out that humor genes did not completely bypass the Al Gore family. Recessive though they may be, they shine forth in the DNA of the Gores' middle daughter, Kristin, who made her funny bones as an editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a writer on "Saturday Night Live," where her work included a sly, deadpan "presidential" speech delivered by her father. Her second comedic novel of Washington, D.C.
September 10, 2002 |
Should Bruce Vilanch ever relinquish his Oscar telecast gig, the motion picture academy might prevail upon writer-director Gerard Alessandrini to fill the joke-writing breach. Judging from his wickedly funny "Forbidden Hollywood," playing a limited engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, Alessandrini is up to the challenge.
December 26, 1991
What a wonderful book review of Jeff Smith's Christmas book in The Times. You expressed what millions of would-be cooks, let alone qualified cooks, must feel about this egotistical bag of wind. I can't understand why TV Channel 28 in Los Angeles has wasted funds year after year on his program. Thank you again for your article. KATHLEEN SMITH, Whittier
April 20, 2003
In "Going Overboard on the South Shore" (April 13), author Jeffrey Selin writes of how beautiful the marine and bird sanctuary is, yet there is a picture of a young man "with a moray eel he speared while snorkeling at Ulua Reef." Those of us who are scuba divers and snorkelers realize how irresponsible it is to spear fish (especially moray eels). The picture represents all that is bad about spearfishing.