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May 3, 2008 | MEGHAN DAUM
Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who invented LSD, died Tuesday at the age of 102. Although psychedelic drug enthusiasts are busy writing online tributes to Hofmann (who died from a heart attack, not from attempting to chew off his elbow in an acid-induced freak-out), there's also a sense that few people under the age of 30 have heard much about LSD, let alone the man who discovered it working for Sandoz Laboratories in 1943. And why should the MySpace crowd have heard of Hofmann?
March 7, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
It's Daily Detour 's birthday and we're celebrating with a picture of, um, panda poop. Well, why not? Since its launch March 7, 2013, the Daily Detour photo gallery has set its sights on “odd spots, strange trips and great moments in travel.” In a word, detourism. The idea is to surprise you a little, perhaps with raincoat-clad travelers awaiting dawn on Mt. Haleakala, or a white-coated waiter awaiting customers at the Tadich Grill in San Francisco. Maybe with a shot of Ken Burns grabbing snaps in Wyoming; or a Tijuana tout helping his “zebra” smile.
December 9, 1995 | Associated Press
After 30 years of making music, the Grateful Dead, the band that defined the 1960s counterculture revolution, is breaking up. The group, which lost its anchor when leader Jerry Garcia died in August, announced in a statement Friday that "after four months of heartfelt consideration, the remaining members of the band met yesterday and came to the conclusion that the 'long strange trip' of the uniquely wonderful beast known as the Grateful Dead is over.
November 2, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Their day started at the airport at 6 a.m. in Manchester, N.H., and they finally touched down in Orange County late Friday night. In between, there were two canceled flights and a trip back to Linden Vey's place in Manchester. They were among the masses of travelers affected by flight delays around the country in the aftermath of the shooting at LAX. This resulted in a rerouted trip to Southern California for Vey and Manchester linemate Tyler Toffoli, starting in Boston and going through Chicago.
January 23, 1986 | PAUL DAUGHERTY, Dallas Times Herald
The long, strange trip of Tito Horford apparently has ended at the University of Miami, where the 7-1, 240-pound center enrolled Tuesday. "We are delighted he decided to join us," Hurricanes basketball Coach Bill Foster said at a news conference at the school. "He just wants to be a student athlete and enjoy growing up." Horford's enrollment at Miami evidently has ended months of speculation concerning his future.
September 17, 1993 | MARYANN HAMMERS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Maryann Hammers is a regular contributor to The Times
"How long will it take to go back to my past?" I asked Terry Hopwood, a psychic and hypnotist who runs a side business as a matchmaker. I wanted to feed the parking meter a few more quarters before starting my past-life regression session. "Don't worry," she answered. "You won't get a ticket." She should know, I thought. After all, she's psychic. I relaxed on the couch and waited for my long, strange trip down pre-memory lane to begin.
That history is genuinely democratic, that anyone who lives through an era can lay claim to it, may be self-evident. Even so, something seems peculiar about going to see the installation called "Back to the '60s" at the Ronald Reagan Library. After all, why would a resident bastion of conservatism celebrate the era of questioned authority and torn social fabrics? Somewhere in the cross-fire of elements behind this show are the makings of unintentionally funny and irony-laden installation art.
November 12, 2006 | Chris Dufresne, Times Staff Writer
It was a lofted pass that ended up being a horror flick. The ball hit California receiver Lavelle Hawkins square in the hands as he raced unopposed toward the game-tying touchdown against Arizona. Hawkins couldn't get his feet to work right, though. He tripped himself up, "a horrible feeling," as he would describe it later, and fell one yard short of a touchdown. Cal failed to punch it in from there, had to settle for a field goal and lost the game by four points, 24-20.
April 28, 1991
After reading "The Long, Strange Trip of the U-Haul Family," the only thing that comes to mind is this: Money can't buy you love. LYNN KAPLAN Huntington Beach
June 11, 2006
As I sat on my couch nursing a sore back from trying to sort things in my closet, I read Ciji Ware's piece ("Small. Smaller. Smallest." Home Design Issue, May 21). The gods must have sent this issue of West. I was about to turn 60 and would soon leave my job and put my home on the market to move to a quieter place outside Southern California. Forty years ago I left Long Beach and moved to San Francisco after hearing Betty Friedan speak. There, at a Grateful Dead concert at the Fillmore, I met my first husband.
June 11, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
In a memorable scene from Robert Altman's 1975 classic "Nashville," a ditzy British reporter played by Geraldine Chaplin wanders beside a fleet of yellow school buses, scavenging for glib metaphors about the fissures in U.S. society. In Mark Kendall's first feature film, the documentary "La Camioneta," the metaphors about buses are considerably more nuanced and surprising. They're also much more understated, never spoken aloud either by a narrator or by the movie's mainly poor, rural Guatemalan subjects, who scratch out a living by selling, artfully remodeling and driving discarded U.S. school buses.
November 6, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Two years ago Alexei Lubimov, the peculiar Russian polymath pianist, made a rare appearance in Los Angeles to open the season of Monday Evening Concerts at the Colburn School's Zipper Concert Hall. He was back Monday to do the same. He proved no less strange this time around. Lubimov's program on Monday began with Satie and ended with Debussy, not a big stretch, it might seem, the two French composers having been friends and having influenced each other. In between came three short prepared piano pieces by John Cage from the 1940s that were written at a time when Satie was much on Cage's mind.
May 16, 2012 | Helene Elliott
By the time the Kings came home to face the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 3 of the 1993 Campbell Conference finals, they had played 14 games and had traveled to Calgary twice, Vancouver twice, and Toronto for the first of three visits. By comparison the current Kings' journey to the West final against the Phoenix Coyotes — which resumes Thursday at Staples Center — has been a romp. The Kings had to visit Vancouver twice to finish the Canucks in five games but left the Pacific time zone only once in their second-round sweep of the St. Louis Blues.
November 21, 2009 | By Emily Young >>>
When Wendy Harn rescued her 1913 Craftsman from the wrecking ball in 1989, she didn't know much about the home except that it was free to anyone who would pay to move it. So she relocated the two-story, five-bedroom behemoth from Ocean Boulevard opposite the Long Beach Museum of Art to the Bluff Park Historic District. The distance was only nine-tenths of a mile, but it marked the beginning of a long, strange trip through the curious history of a house that's been, at various times, home to pillars of the community, frat boys and yoga enthusiasts.
December 22, 2008 | Corina Knoll
If Penn State players and coaches stopped anywhere on their way to Los Angeles, it was for a layover where they trudged through another concourse in search of another gate that would lead to another plane. They arrived at their Santa Monica hotel at various times over the weekend, having flown in from their hometowns to prepare for the New Year's Day game against USC. Not quite the same bonding road experience the first Penn State Rose Bowl team enjoyed in 1922.
October 11, 2008 | Charles McNulty, Times Theater Critic
The first section of William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury" is such a notorious brain twister that any attempt at straightforward dramatization would be almost as foolhardy as trying to resurrect the Old South. Told from the point of view of Benjy, the Compsons' mentally challenged adult son, the narrative hopscotches with such retrospective insouciance that Faulkner was tempted to color-code passages to clarify shifts in time.
May 10, 2008
Re "Long, strange trip to Ecstasy," Opinion, May 3 Meghan Daum suggests that modern antidepressants are successful because they prevent the mind from "expanding into uncomfortable places." Uncomfortable? This completely belittles the terribly real (and terribly common) phenomenon of clinical depression. That antidepressants are somehow happy pills that prevent one from feeling negatively, and that they are primarily taken by people who don't need them, is an old trope. Modern antidepressants are remarkably good at treating depression -- the kind of depression that causes real suffering in real people.
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