CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000
I wish that Alison Feit, in her Sept. 15 commentary claiming that subliminal messages can have powerful effects on human behavior, had cited peer-reviewed journals. Contrary to her claim, I think such a belief has a perverse appeal to Americans, who are quite superstitious. PAUL TRACY Oceanside Re "Media Target 'Trivial Issues,' Cheney Says," Sept. 14: Now Dick Cheney is criticizing the press for focusing on "absolutely trivial issues" that "really have nothing to do with the election or the fate of America"--namely George W. Bush's vulgar insult of a reporter, Cheney's abysmal voting record and Republicans' use of a subliminal message in an ad. Cheney says reporters do this because Medicare, the military and other complicated topics are "hard stuff to cover."
October 13, 2001
I can respect the decision to nix the Emmy telecast. It was a decision made with great thought. But I think they made the wrong decision. Awards shows are silly, but they're our silly. They are trivial, but, ironically, the opportunity to be trivial is profoundly important. And not just as a distraction. As a true expression of part of what makes this country great. We are defined by foolish arguments over who was the best pitcher, about whether Mike should come back and play hoops as much as deep considerations about whether we have faith and in what.
February 14, 1988 |
Fox Broadcasting's late, not-necessarily-so-great "Wilton North Report" is the stuff of history. Yes, very brief history. It was scheduled to open Nov. 30--then was postponed to Dec. 11. It lasted until Jan. 5. One of its employees was the writer here, who is editor-publisher of the Realist and a stand-up satirist--and an occasional contributor to these pages. Calendar asked him for an insider's view on the show, its hopes, its fears, its ambitions--and its demise.
January 26, 1997 |
So you think you know a lot of pop music minutiae? You have a chance to put that to the test--literally. Rhino Records is organizing the first-ever national music trivia showdown, with an official "Ultimate Music Geek" to be crowned on April 27 via an intensive test of about 300 questions covering all realms of music (except classical), designed by Rhino staffers and other music specialists.
October 23, 1993
Having seen Paul Rudnik's play "Jeffrey" in New York, I am not surprised that Sylvie Drake loved it (" 'Jeffrey' a Hilarious Yet Serious Romp," Sept. 30). What's not to love? Here we have a sitcom filled with giddy gays, Angst -ridden gays, suffering gays, even dying gays! What could be more acceptable to America than that? And isn't it simply amazing that the "queen" gets the best lines, to quote Drake? Camp is such fun. What a breakthrough! More harmless, silly gay men, too effeminate and soft to scare anyone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2009 |
It began, as mortal disputes sometimes do in South Los Angeles, over a girl. On one side were the Main Street Crips, one of the more muscular gangs in the neighborhood. Main Streeters commanded respect, if only because they had a bit of money to throw around, even their own small record label. On the other side were the Hoover Criminals. The Hoovers were big, with turf that stretched from Vernon Avenue down past Century Boulevard and into "the hundreds," as the streets are known locally.