March 9, 2002 |
Would the Tibetan Book of the Dead by any other name be as popular? That's one question that Francesca Fremantle's thoughtful and intricate "Luminous Emptiness" brings to mind. The real title for what we call the Tibetan Book of the Dead is the less melodic "The Great Liberation Through Hearing During the Bardo."
February 19, 2006 |
THE Bardo Thodol, known to us as "The Tibetan Book of the Dead," is a religious book like no other: Whereas the holy writings of the Abrahamic faiths teach their adherents how to live, "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" instructs its readers on how to die.
September 24, 2010 |
While mainstream, mind-bending blockbusters such as "Inception" light Hollywood's fire, French art-house bad boy Gaspar NoÃ© throws down his own gauntlet with the spectacular head trip "Enter the Void. " The Argentina-born NoÃ© last divided filmgoers with the assaultive and gimmicky "IrrÃ©versible," notorious for a one-shot rape scene that lasted eight minutes. Where that movie's pummeling sensibility felt cheap, though, this one works you over in order to stretch you out. Probing the fuzzy, synaptic turbulence of drug culture and life-after-death — "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" is referenced early on, while Stanley Kubrick and Kenneth Anger get visual shout-outs — "Enter the Void" displays a dizzying virtuosity with the cinema of altered states.
March 9, 1999 |
The homecoming of Metropolitan Opera soprano Deborah Voigt will be among highlights of Pacific Symphony's 1999-2000 season, which opens and closes with major choral works at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Voigt, who grew up in Anaheim Hills and attended Cal State Fullerton, will sing Strauss' Four Last Songs and arias from three Verdi operas Jan. 7-8. She has not sung in Orange County since 1993, when she was Leonora in Verdi's "Il trovatore" for Opera Pacific.
November 1, 1992
Railing in recent years against "political correctness," critics of academe have charged that the core humanities curriculum has been distorted by the multiplication of courses tailored to minority agendas. But how much distortion has actually taken place? Skeptics have long charged that the evidence was more anecdotal than otherwise. Fortunately, a report written by Clifford Adelman and released last week by the U.S. Department of Education goes well beyond the anecdotal.
May 23, 2011 |
Colin Thubron, the acclaimed British travel writer, has ventured through Russia, China and Central Asia. With restrained, spare prose, Thubron is a versatile painter of place, capturing the look and the language of locales. His "To a Mountain in Tibet" reads more like an elegy than a traditional story of travels. His trek takes him toward the "lonely peak" of Mt. Kailash, considered by Tibetans to be the holiest mountain in their highly elevated desert. Following an itinerary through a remote section of western Nepal, passing tiny, impoverished villages, on foot and by Jeep, ordinarily would offer a firm framework for his story.