November 22, 2012 |
On Thanksgiving Day, nine years ago, I stole my father's car. He was 88 years old and living in a retirement community in Ojai. The previous July, he'd failed his driver's test, but he'd kept driving without a license - and therefore, without insurance. Perhaps he had forgotten that he didn't have a license, or perhaps he didn't care, but something had to be done. On Thanksgiving morning, I drove up to fetch him for a turkey dinner in Pasadena, and while he finished getting ready, I appropriated his spare car keys.
November 13, 2012 |
Time has not diminished the warm memories of those who worked on Francis Ford Coppola's horror-romance "Bram Stoker's Dracula. " "He steered the ship," said Michele Burke, who won an Oscar for her makeup and hair design, about her collaboration with the director most widely known for "The Godfather" trilogy. "It was like being in rarefied air in his company. " Burke and several members of the crew, who won Oscars for their evocative work on "Dracula" - makeup artists Greg Cannom and Matthew W. Mungle and special effects sound editors Tom C. McCarthy and David E. Stone - will discuss the production Thursday evening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
November 12, 2012 |
VACAVILLE, Calif. - His jaw clenched beneath a blue surgeon's mask, Opanin Gyaami jerks his right arm and pulls out a prize: the decayed tooth of patient Larry Butler, also known as state prison inmate J22312. By the time he is done, Gyaami's smock and mask are spotted with the inmate's blood. He gently pats Butler on the shoulder and wishes him well. The 71-year-old dentist reports to the state prison in Vacaville day after day, long past retirement age. He wishes he could have hung up his drill and forceps years ago, but he's still paying off a student loan.
November 1, 2012 |
The sort of adolescent anxiety as body horror writer-director Bradley Rust Gray attempts with his new lesbian werewolf love story "Jack & Diane" has been done better elsewhere - the 2000 Canadian film "Ginger Snaps" immediately springs to mind. Here, Juno Temple's British free spirit Diane meets up with Riley Keough's tomboy Jack, and the two fall madly, passionately in love with such recklessness that the force of it seems to awaken an actual monster within Diane. The transformation sequences are conjured through brief, evocative animated sequences courtesy of the Brothers Quay.
October 4, 2012 |
The duck-billed dinosaurs called hadrosaurids sported hundreds of bewilderingly complex teeth that were optimized for grinding away at the fibrous plants they ate, according to a new study. The hadrosaurids' teeth are made of six distinct materials, according to the report, published Thursday by the journal Science. That makes the teeth far more complex than humans', which are primarily made of two materials, enamel and orthodentine. They are even more complex than the teeth of horses and buffalo, which are made of four materials and also evolved to grind away at plant matter. The hadrosaurids have what scientists call a "dental battery," meaning they have hundreds of teeth that work together when they eat, with new teeth "erupting" into the mouth all the time.
October 3, 2012 |
A strange and extremely tiny species of dinosaur with a beak-like face and sharp teeth has made its first appearance in the scientific literature. The creature was discovered 50 years ago but forgotten since then in a fossil collection at Harvard University. It is a member of a family of small, barely studied dinosaurs called heterodontosaurs, meaning "different-toothed reptiles. " That description is particularly relevant for the new dinosaur, which was dubbed "Pegomastax africanus" by study author Paul Sereno, a University of Chicago paleontologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence.
July 31, 2012 |
Swimmer Ryan Lochte brought his own bling to celebrate winning the men's 400-meter individual medley in the London Summer Olympics on Saturday. After leaving the podium where he received the gold medal, he popped an American flag grille over his teeth. [Fashionista] Designer Stella McCartney covered the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics on Friday night as a correspondent for Vogue. She thought Daniel Craig's turn in the parachuting vignette pairing James Bond with Queen Elizabeth II was a "perfect example of great British humor," pronunced Kenneth Branagh "brilliant," marveled at soccer great David Beckham's delivery of the torch -- and then, she says, "Suddenly it dawned on me that my dad [Paul McCartney]
July 3, 2012 |
In a story that sounds ripped from an underwhelming, dental-centric thriller starring Nicolas Cage, Austrian officials are pursuing leads in an investigation of who broke into the graves of 19th century composers Johan Strauss Jr. and Johannes Brahms and stole their teeth. Thomas Vescey of the Vienna state prosecutor's office said that Austrian authorities are close to filing charges in their investigation, and are currently considering a Slovak man as a "person of interest.
July 1, 2012
A Travel section to linger over, savor Thank you for assembling a Travel section that I thoroughly enjoyed. For years, I scanned Travel because few articles shouted, "Read me!" Then to my pleasant surprise, the June 24 issue had three articles over which I lingered during Sunday breakfast. Christopher Reynolds' travel advice to recent graduates ("Next Stop: Somewhere Else") was entertaining, practical and very readable. It would have made a graduation speech for college seniors that constituted the best "gift" they could all have received.
June 9, 2012
Back in the days before the refrigerator door could be counted on to crush ice at the press of a button, thirsty folks had to rely on other methods to chill their cocktails. One midcentury lifesaver was the manual ice crusher. These handly little gadgets might vary slightly by make and model, but they work on the same principle: Flip open the top, insert ice cubes and turn the crank as metal teeth conveniently crush ice cubes into a waiting basket or ready glass. Voila. Some models even allow you to adjust the level of crushing from coarse to fine.