May 16, 2010 |
When Josh and Ada Cottrell were expecting their first child four years ago, they wanted to give their son a name that embodied their beliefs and stood for something attainable. They wanted their little guy to be known not so much as a dreamer but a doer. So the Sherman Oaks couple named their son … Macgyver. "We got a lot of flak for it," Ada says. "People would tell us, 'You're setting him up to fail.' But my husband is a 'MacGyver.' And if he's going to be anything like his daddy, which I'm sure he is, he's going to be the kind of guy who can put together a sink with a paper clip and some chewing gum and 'MacGyver' it, so it'll work."
January 31, 2010 |
Day Out of Days Stories Sam Shepard Alfred A. Knopf: 282 pp., $25.95 You can construct a body out of the stories, poems and inside-the-head dialogues in Sam Shepard's "Day Out of Days" -- as in that game, Exquisite Corpse. You fold up the paper and each person draws a different part. When you unfold the paper, you've got a funky body. This is the reason people always use words like "brutal," "haunting" and "lean" to describe Shepard's work: Each part is howling out some unfinished business.
September 9, 2008 |
The Swiss army renewed a contract for Victorinox, Switzerland's largest maker of the iconic knife, to make pocket knives for its soldiers rather than a foreign manufacturer. Seven knife makers, some of them Swiss and others foreign, took part in bidding for the order starting in February, the government said on its website. The Swiss army will spend $1.2 million on 75,000 carbon-colored multifunction knives from Victorinox, the government announced.
February 21, 2008
ELI ROTH'S SLASHER MARATHON For serious horror fans, Roth is pretty much Dane Cook with hacksaws, but his screening series of obscure gore-bucket flicks at the New Beverly (7165 W. Beverly Blvd.) is kind of awesome. DON'S MUSIC You might need a shoehorn to squeeze into this closet of a record shop (4873 Eagle Rock Blvd.), but once inside the rewards are many. ST. VINCENT COURT Forgo the plane fare and visit this alley hidden away off 7th Street (at Broadway) in downtown L.A.'s Jewelry District for a slice of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern hospitality.
July 20, 2007 |
A retired Swiss Army colonel is petitioning the Defense Ministry to keep the famous pocket knife issued to the Alpine nation's soldiers Swiss after reports that the next batch of 65,000 could be made in China. Alois Kessler, a lawyer who served as a reserve officer until 2004, began his campaign after hearing that World Trade Organization rules might mean the government has to consider bids from anywhere in the world for its new batch of army knives.
September 16, 2003 |
A few things the pocketknife can do: Whittle, repair eyeglasses, scratch a first love's initials into a sycamore and, should the occasion arise, amputate your right arm. The pocketknife was not designed for a specific task, but for a single purpose: to be handy. Which may be why, despite assaults on its reputation, it thrives -- a symbol of simplicity and American self-reliance, even at this hyper-cautious, politically correct, broadband moment.