January 29, 2010
The presence of the ever-reliable Steve Buscemi adds a welcome boost to "Saint John of Las Vegas," an otherwise unremarkable debut feature from writer-director Hue Rhodes. At first, this askew look at Buscemi's John Alighieri (yes, as in Dante), a compulsive Sin City gambler self-exiled to an insurance company desk job in Albuquerque, promises some decent comedy in the "Office Space" vein. But after it turns into a road movie filled with more forced quirkiness than inspired story development, it's clear this one's going nowhere not-so-fast.
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March 4, 2001
Re "Social-Class Patterns in Scones and Doughnuts," Around the Valley, Feb. 24. All this time I thought it was a Rolex, a beemer, a huge stock portfolio, a ZIP Code that reflected one's social status. I am shocked to discover that I must also flaunt a scone in one snooty hand and a cup of Starbucks in my other upscale hand. Now that I know that my choice of coffee and pastry determines my snootworthiness, tell me, what social status symbol determines my true worth as a decent, ethical, human being?
March 7, 2012 |
My husband likes to let his beard grow in. In this way, he's like a lot of young(ish) men you might find these days on sports fields and in hipster bars. The hairy look has even had its day in Hollywood - in the run-up to the 2010 Oscars, my Los Angeles Times colleagues Chris Lee and John Horn pondered who should win the Oscar for best beard . “A new style muse for the entertainment industry's alpha males has emerged,” they wrote: “Grizzly Adams.” Now the psychologists are chiming in - and the news isn't great for the hirsute ones.
August 20, 2012 |
“Binge-drinking college students are happier than their non-binge-drinking peers,” reports a study presented this week at a meeting of the American Sociological Assn. in Denver. And the reason? “It may be because, at these schools, binge drinking is associated with high status and binge drinkers are happier with their college social experience than their non-binge-drinking peers,” the authors go out on a limb in explaining. Young people like drinking -- news flash! Underage drinking was epidemic when I was a teen growing up in England: We'd buy hard cider to drink by the ruined castle walls until we were old enough to sneak our way into the pub. All this illicit boozing certainly made Friday nights more fun, but it led to some pretty risky and idiotic behaviors.
September 19, 2005 |
Men who slide down the social ladder tend to suffer more from their drop in status than women who have the same misfortune. In a study published in the October issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, researchers found that men who experienced a downward social shift were four times more likely to feel depressed than men who improved their social status, but there was no marked difference in the mental health between women who moved up or down the ladder.
March 9, 1997 |
If your child is the tormentor not the tormented, don't dismiss his bullying as a phase. The earlier you intervene, the better. Studies show that aggressive kids tend to grow into, not out of, their behavior, said Leonard Eron, professor of psychiatry at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He conducted a 26-year study that tracked 8-year-old boys who were highly aggressive.