September 27, 1987
Thinking about Pound on Shattuck Avenue is like genuflecting in hiking boots a classic case of being overequipped. If we live in a sea of insincerity, and they say, how many additional drops does it take to make a wave? Forlorn as driftwood, The ABC of Reading sits untouched, swamped by enough Chez Panisse to give Neptune a heartburn. At the brink of the frankly autobiographical one hesitates. Can one live with grace in such a place? Is escape possible?
February 22, 1987 |
In 1944, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, French novelist, doctor, anti-Semite, Fascist collaborator and world traveler, arrived in the waiting room of hell. Gathered to meet him at the train station in Sigmaringen, Germany, were members of the Vichy government in exile. Ghosts vanishing at first light, the underlings of Petain and Laval were fading into the landscape of horror they had helped to create. Celine went to Germany as doctor to the dead.
April 28, 1991 |
Spectacularly dismal or dishonest lives often make for great reading, as witness this biography of minor-league poet and beatnik guru Charles Olson (1910-70).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2001 |
Two weeks ago, Tom Clark knew almost nothing of the people who sleep among the bushes and meandering dirt trails near the edge of the Ventura River. He had only heard a few stories from his uncle, James Clark, a homeless alcoholic who had lived there himself, in Ventura's Hobo Jungle, for more than two decades. But in the past two weeks Tom Clark has made it his business to find out everything he can about the homeless men and women who were his uncle's companions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1990 |
Rock Hudson's former lover filed a $23-million libel suit Wednesday, claiming that he is falsely portrayed in a new book on the late actor as "a criminal, a thief, an unclean person, a blackmailer, a psychotic, an extortionist, a forger, a perjurer, a liar, a whore, an arsonist and a squatter." The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Marc Christian, who last year won $5.
April 19, 1990 |
Councilman Tom Clark offered this week to clean up the rhetoric of the mayoral race and cut back on campaign spending, but the proposal was quickly rejected by Mayor Ernie Kell, who called it a hypocritical ruse.