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June 28, 1998
Re "White America Needs Its Bigotry," Commentary, June 21: In his attack on subtle racism, Crispin Sartwell states, "White people take themselves to be the opposite of whatever they think black people are. Thus white people only understand themselves in what they exclude or segregate from themselves." Well, you've got to hand it to those white people, so subtle they are. No other race, of course, could be this subtle in its racism. But didn't I read the other day in The Times about separate graduations at UCLA for certain ethnicities?
April 3, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Angels prepared for the 2002 World Series, bench coach Joe Maddon looked at the spray charts and came to a radical conclusion: If the Angels wanted to align their defense based on where Barry Bonds most commonly hit the ball, they should play three infielders and four outfielders. The Angels ultimately decided not to play Bonds that way, although Manager Mike Scioscia said they were "a couple pitches away" from deploying the scheme in certain scenarios. In 2005, Maddon left to manage the Tampa Bay Rays, who have been at the forefront of baseball's shift toward unconventional fielding alignments.
January 26, 1992
There was an interesting juxtaposition of film advertisements in the Jan. 12 Calendar: Paramount's "Juice" on Page 10 and Universal's "Kuffs" on Page 12. Paramount's recent removal of the revolver from the hand of the character in the "Juice" poster is revealing when compared to Christian Slater's grip on a semiautomatic in the "Kuffs" promo. Why is it OK for a white guy to hold a gun, but not OK for a black guy? The saga of Hollywood's subtle (and not so subtle) racism continues.
March 4, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Model Camila Alves-McConaughey made some Oscar night best-dressed lists in her custom-made Gabriela Cadena gown. But she said she was just trying to keep it simple when she accompanied husband Matthew McConaughey (winner for best actor) to the Academy Awards show on Sunday. She didn't want to stand out, she told People, because she didn't want to detract from the nominees. [People] PHOTOS: Oscars best and worst dressed Designer Hedi Slimane presented his best-yet collection for Saint Laurent, Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore reports from Paris Fashion Week.
November 1, 1987
I'd like to commend the cast and crew of "Frank's Place." The Oct. 5 episode was a fine example of the delicate play between high drama and subtle humor. Kudos to Tim Reid--the cast and writers deserve the highest praise. I hope we'll still be enjoying "Frank's Place" on Monday nights a year from now! Sally M. North, Santa Monica
May 20, 1989
I wonder how Tommy John might react when he learns from Jim Murray's May 16 column that only one active pitcher (Nolan Ryan) has won more games than Bert Blyleven's 258. Is this Murray's not-so-subtle way of suggesting that John is over the hill and only "technically" active? GERRY SCHWARTZ Los Angeles Editor's note: It's no technicality that Tommy John has won more games than Bert Blyleven and Nolan Ryan, but he has not reached 300 yet. He has 288. Ryan has 277. The only person who has been not so subtle about John's ability is Dallas Green, the New York Yankees manager who said before spring training that he didn't want John in the rotation.
January 1, 2005
Your Dec. 24 editorial "Parental Advisory" on the proposed Illinois laws limiting minors' access to certain video games raises several valid points. However, you struck an oddly anachronistic note by mentioning Vladimir Nabokov's acclaimed work of literature "Lolita" alongside Hustler magazine and the game "Doom 3," which you rightly call "disgusting." One would be hard-pressed to observe the roots of human emotion in Hustler, and I am confident that no critic has yet found a subtle interplay of remembrance and imagination in "Doom 3."
November 13, 1991
Bravo for your Nov. 2 article "Quiet Zone." If only more schools would take the lead of Assistant Principal Jim Morris and Coldwater Canyon Avenue School in North Hollywood, I am sure it would be only a matter of time before other school officials would witness the improved classroom performance that can be produced by this subtle arts education. ANNE DUNKIN Tarzana
August 9, 1992
There is a lot of hoopla about low interest rates on home loans but what everyone fails to disclose is that if you are a single woman trying to buy a home for yourself and your child you should just forget it. They are more subtle in their discriminatory practices, but not that subtle. Returning my call inquiring about loans one lender said "Hello, Mrs. Singer?" What a nervy presumption! It is apparent the bank wanted to know my marital status but couldn't ask directly. They then told me I could not qualify for their loan based on my "vital statistics."
February 17, 1996
Julie Cart's article on her experiences in sports while she was growing up was very interesting ("Game of Life," Feb. 1.) But why was it buried in the back pages? I almost missed it, never expecting to find a thoughtful essay in that place. Such placement seemed like a subtle corroboration of a main theme of the article: When it comes to sports, sometimes the message to the ladies still is "Move to the rear." RICHARD HOLLIS Los Alamitos
February 7, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Most reporters I know have a story they've covered that's stuck with them, long after the journalism was done. Mine is about Eddie Dotson, a man who lived for years on the streets, under a freeway near USC - until I met him in 2009 and helped his family retrieve him. I wrote a column then about Eddie and the elegant sidewalk dwelling he'd built from other people's castoffs: He didn't have water or electricity, but he had matching candlesticks...
January 21, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Ever notice how a fast-talking short person walking alongside a lanky, laconic friend will eventually leave him in the dust? Despite the difference in the length of the walking partners' legs, the impatient one will get to his destination first every time. Why? Because he just moves faster. A new study bears out such observations, finding that in the impatient and impulsive, even the tiny, sweeping eye movements we make to scan across our field of vision are more jittery than they are in patient people willing to wait for a reward.
January 17, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Gray is the new black. Night, the new day. Rain, the new sun. Clouds gather, shadows linger. The Oscar-nominated cinematographers' images fill the screen with a beauty only possible in worlds gone monochromatic, turning the most elemental of color palettes stunningly rich, subtly vibrant. Incredible combinations of charcoal, smoke, gunmetal and slate. Philippe Le Sourd for "The Grandmaster," Emmanuel Lubezki for "Gravity," Bruno Delbonnel for "Inside Llewyn Davis," Phedon Papamichael for "Nebraska," Roger A. Deakins for "Prisoners" - veterans all. Men all. And though they each have the capacity to shoot softness and light, the varied universes captured through their lenses this year speak to the wonder of black.
April 25, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Shortly before Venezuela's presidential election, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recorded a video supporting Nicolas Maduro, saying he had "stood out brilliantly in the struggle" for a more democratic Latin America. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who was endorsed by Lula in 2010, kept silent on the ultimately victorious candidacy of Maduro, the hand-chosen heir of the late leftist Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez. The difference in demeanor between the two Brazilian presidents was not surprising to Rousseff watchers.
April 13, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
  For anyone who loves a leaner, more elegant style of Chardonnay, this is the one. Liquid Farm proprietors Nikki and Jeff Nelson are going for Chardonnay with less oak influence and lower alcohol. Bingo. That's a recipe for a food-friendly wine, and with the help of winemakers Brandon Sparks-Gillis and John Dragonette of Dragonette Cellars, they're making this terrific Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills grapes. I love its minerality, the sharp, fresh scent of citrus and, well, grape that comes through loud and clear.
January 11, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It was a reign of terror that reeked of rednecks and white hoods. Tires were slashed, rocks hurled through windows and acid pellets fired at the car of a black family, who finally fled their neighborhood in November after months of attacks and racial taunts. They were the sort of family you might like to have as neighbors: The husband and wife are law enforcement officers; they have two well-mannered sons. And the Orange County city of Yorba Linda is the sort you might like to live in, where the median income is $115,000 a year and almost half the adults have college degrees.
February 23, 2002
I saw the production of "War Letters" at the Canon Theater and I disagree with Diane Haithman's review ("Emotion From the Front Lines in 'War Letters,'" Feb. 19). Her observation that the "punch" of this material has been weakened by "five long months of hideous headlines" is, for me, more a comment on the reviewer's detached state of mind. On the contrary, I felt awakened to the humanity within each of us. The acting is superb and the subtle directing, where each actor becomes a different character, affected in a different way, in a different time, is haunting.
February 21, 1988
"Broadcast News, L.A.," by Dennis McDougal (Jan. 24), glamorizes an enterprise that should, by now, be disgraced. "Information" from 1980s-style local television news should never be confused with truth, reality or even good journalism. In the race for viewers, the definition of news was enlarged to include anything a publicist could sell that might concern "family," "the consumer," "health" or "entertainment." As a result, broadcast news has become a subtle propaganda machine for the corporate culture that controls it. The days of tough investigative-reporting teams are long gone.
December 4, 2012 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - His son is named after the river born where the Tigris and Euphrates meet. His wife once complained that he loved a rare species of yellow deer more than her. His realm runs from sprawling salt deserts to the snowcapped peaks of the Zagros Mountains, from southern marshes along the Persian Gulf to damp northern forests known as the "cloud jungle. " Mohammad Darvish, 47, is Iran's green gladiator, engaged in a quixotic, often lonesome quest to elevate his homeland's environmental IQ. In a nation where security and economic concerns overshadow threats to a varied and fragile ecosystem, he even dares to oppose nuclear power, sacrosanct to Iran's leaders.
November 29, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
News reports of economic woes and misbegotten corporate schemes play like a soundtrack in "Killing Them Softly," a moody crime noir starring Brad Pitt as a New Orleans hit man dealing with a down market, bad bets and loose change. Though the notion of crime as a business is nothing new, the film uses the machinations and motivations of the Big Easy's underworld to mirror contemporary corporate America's decline down to the difficult bosses. Yes, the "layoffs" tend to be more lethal, but the severance packages often call for delicate negotiations that sound all too familiar.
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