March 2, 2008
Spring accessories from a quartet of L.A. designers send you out the door in style.
October 10, 2013 |
Although no one knows if former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping did say "To get rich is glorious," that sentiment has certainly taken hold in China. But what happens to a society when an unregulated drive for personal wealth upends traditional norms? What happens to the less fortunate when people who have money come to believe that nothing else matters? "A Touch of Sin," the powerful if uneven new film by highly regarded Chinese director Jia Zhangke, is a corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism.
November 7, 2004
November 6, 2009 |
Wednesday night at the Hollywood Palladium, in the first of three concerts there, the Pixies kicked off a U.S. tour commemorating the 20th anniversary of their 1989 college-rock classic "Doolittle." So what did the band open with? A string of obscure B-sides that even bassist Kim Deal admitted she had trouble remembering. Proudly noisy and unapologetically arty, the Pixies kept mainstream success at arm's length during their original run, which ended acrimoniously in 1993 after a stint opening arena shows for U2. Yet thanks in part to postmortem praise from the likes of Kurt Cobain (who famously called "Smells Like Teen Spirit" his attempt to replicate the Pixies' sound)
June 11, 2012 |
The phrase of the day in the 2012 presidential campaign: “Out of touch.” The slogan was liberally sprinkled Monday in competing conference calls by the campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney, in the latest round of sniping over controversial comments made last week by both men. Let's start with the presumptive GOP nominee, whose campaign held a call titled “President Obama Is Shockingly Out of Touch With the Middle Class.” ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1988
For years I've lived in Newport and tried to be calm, rational--even nice--despite my bias toward preserving the residential neighborhoods and enhancing the environment. Now I'm going to blow it all in one letter because I'm seeing red over the way the collective wisdom at City Hall is seeing fit to treat the "Touch of Green" Committee. The "Touch of Green" Committee was recently formed by residents of Newport Heights because they were seeing red over the way City Hall was treating Mariners Mile and their neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1992
The Times has done it again. In a survey of people who have lost their jobs ("O.C. Coping with Effects of Recession," Dec. 29), the greatest number of column inches (and cover picture) are devoted to a couple where the wife still has a well-paying job, the husband is still collecting a $100,000 salary for another six months after being laid off, and the children are still in private school. They are, however, unable to go to the Indy 500 next year, nor can they move into one of the $2-million homes he helped build.
January 19, 1986
It was such an uplifting paper Dec. 24--especially the View section. I'm so tired of reading about the world and its greedy and malicious doings. Who killed whom and why--bombings, lust, selfishness, the total lack of the spirit reaching above and over the human condition. Dec. 24, though, the eve of a wondrous event, you superseded the base qualities of man and reached to touch the "star" of love, goodness and sharing. I commend you! The Raggedy Ann story ("A Raggedy Ann's Hospital Adventure Grows Like Topsy," Dec. 24, by Linda Glidewell Mears)