February 24, 1990
Regarding Charles Champlin's Feb. 8 column on who wrote Shakespeare's works: A group of graduate students, under my direction, have unearthed several dust-covered documents and pursued various phililogic and textual theories that have revealed an historic fact: Charles Champlin does not exist. One of my students has drawn up a lengthy article that shows, upon philological and semiotic analysis, that much of "Champlin's" articles are but a compilation of others: a snippet of Michael Wilmington's attitude, a graft of Kevin Thomas' esoterica, a collocation of Sheila Benson's critical vengeance.
April 25, 2005
Re "To Dems, It's 1974 Forever," Commentary, April 22: David Gelernter has it a bit wrong when he says the Republicans and the Democrats have pulled the "Big Switch." Rather than this neat little "swap" of philosophies, what has happened is what I like to call the "Continental Drift" theory of American politics. Over the last 40 years both parties have steadily, yet nearly imperceptibly, drifted to the left. Today, if we took a satellite snapshot of the political landscape and compared it with one taken in the early to mid-'60s, we would notice that the Republicans are in a position today that was occupied by the Dems then.
September 25, 2009 |
Euripides' "Medea" taps into primal emotions that frighten and fascinate us in equal measure. Try as you may to interpret the tale of a wife who, having sacrificed everything for her husband, murders their children to punish him for his unfaithfulness, there's a mystery, a strangeness at the heart of this shocking crime that is ultimately irreducible. That strangeness is taken to a new level in UCLA Live's whirligig production, which opened Wednesday at the Freud Playhouse with an unsteady Annette Bening in the title role.
May 29, 2012 |
'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess' (PS Classics) Gershwin purists, this "Porgy and Bess" is probably not for you, even though its official title is "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. " The cast album of the current Broadway production is a streamlined version of a score that can run longer than three hours when done in its entirety. This two-disc recording is not just shorter, but it also takes liberties that have rankled traditionalists. "Summertime" is performed as a romantic duet; sections of recitative have been converted to spoken dialogue; and the orchestra has been scaled down for a Broadway house.
May 8, 1989 |
Whoever heard of David Gordon? Not many San Diego dance buffs, judging from the sparse audience on hand Friday night for the local debut of Gordon's Pick Up Co. More's the pity, since this doyen of post-modern dance and his sleek New York-based ensemble offered a strikingly free-flowing sneak preview of "United States," a huge patchwork quilt of a piece scheduled to be premiered at Kennedy Center in September. And, unlike most imported dance works, this evening-long mix of movement, words and music, had ties to San Diego.
July 14, 2013 |
How many times have you researched a person on Facebook, Google and consulted friends and family before going out on a first date? I will admit that I always do my due diligence. (But don't we all?) A new app called Lulu aims to do the work for you by allowing its ladies-only users to secretly rate their male friends, lovers and ex-boyfriends on its online database of men. "Women love to share, they love to exchange information, and they love to have their experiences validated by both their friends and girls they don't necessarily know,” said Chief Executive Alexandra Chong, who came up with the idea over a six-hour brunch with girlfriends.