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March 14, 2010 | By Ed Park
"Though the tradition of realistic fiction is a rich and a verdant one, it is a mistake to believe that it exhibits the oldest or grandest trees in the forest of literature," writes novelist Kevin Brockmeier in his introduction to the new anthology "Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy, Volume 3" (Underland: 318 pp., $14.95). Brockmeier cites an august lineage of writers and stories drawing on "the magical and otherworldly," including Homer, Ovid, "The Thousand and One Nights," Poe, Ballard and García Márquez.
March 12, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, and Epic Games unveiled on Wednesday Unreal Engine 4 for the Web, software that could one day make it possible for the developers to create versions of their blockbuster games capable of running within browsers. By porting Unreal Engine 4 for the Web, Mozilla said video games built using the engine will be able to easily be replicated for the Web, allowing gamers to play top-tier titles on their browsers without having to install anything on their computers.
September 21, 2002
So that dysfunctional, foul-mouthed, unintelligible, drug-laced family, "The Osbournes," wins an Emmy for best TV reality show (Liz Smith column, Sept. 18)? Now that's just plain unreal! HERB STARK Massapequa, N.Y.
January 27, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Never mind the frigid weather, the Seattle Seahawks had chills long before they stepped off their team plane Sunday evening. Players were duly impressed by they sendoff they got hours earlier from their fans at home. “It was unreal,” defensive end Cliff Avril said. “From our practice facility all the way down riding all the way down Highway 405, fans are on the overpass, and then when we got to the airport it was even crazier. Something that takes us maybe a minute to get through took us probably 15, 20 minutes to get through with all the fans being barricaded off and what not. It was nuts and we appreciate it.” Twice this season, Seattle's “12th Man” fans set Guinness Book records for being the loudest crowd at a sporting event.
September 20, 1987
Distinguishing his past from his likely future, Bork has said to the Judiciary Committee, "In the classroom, nobody gets hurt. In a courtroom, somebody always gets hurt." Is Prof. Bork for real? Every teacher has the power inadvertently or mischievously to do harm. Is Judge Bork for real? Most people think of justice as trying one's best to undo harm. His feeling of powerlessness is evident in his dismissal of any past judgment as "a pure professor's exercise." Those who can't hurt anybody teach, he thinks; those who can, judge.
January 20, 1994
Susan Brooks has once again raised the non-issue of living in the gated community of Rolling Hills. (South Bay Edition, Jan. 7) It may be of some interest where a candidate lives, but I don't believe it to be anybody's business but the mortgage holder. Oddly, this unreal, insulated community is the home of Robert Virtue, an announced key campaign adviser to Brooks, a congressional hopeful. I dare say, he will live a scant quarter of an unreal mile from Congresswoman Jane Harman.
June 13, 1998
In "The Casualties of Docudrama" (May 29), Howard Rosenberg depreciates the fictitiousness of docudramas "in contrast to historical dramas that use true settings merely as backdrops for imaginary characters ('Gone With the Wind,' for instance)." About the only historical fact that "Gone With the Wind" manages to convey is that there was something called the Civil War in America's history. Beyond that the movie creates a fantasy land more unreal than anything ever built by Disney. Because of its enormous popular appeal and its racist, distorted version of the Civil War, "GWTW" is one of the worst "historical" films ever made.
August 28, 1987
I was astonished at the lack of support shown by journalists and assorted "television experts" for KNBC-TV News Director Tom Capra's handling of the hostage incident (Part I, Aug. 21). If pulling the plug on a terrorist broadcast constitutes "almost an arrogant position" because of the risk to life, as USC Prof. Joe Saltzman claims, then refusing to pay ransom for hostages is no less "arrogant"--and President Reagan should be applauded for shipping missiles to Iran. Having watched the Channel 4 news for years, I sometimes experience the slightly unreal feeling that I know the newscasters personally.
June 6, 1987
In "Spend It and Save It, Too" (May 28), Michael Cieply wrote that "Luxury housing prices in the Golden Triangle--Brentwood, Bel-Air, Beverly Hills . . . are surging more wildly than ever, with some prices doubling in less than two years. . . ." I would certainly like to see the statistics on which this statement is based. As a real estate professional for more than 12 years in the areas mentioned, I and my colleagues find this statement astonishingly inaccurate. Prices have certainly risen, but they have not doubled, and you do both buyers and sellers a great disservice by printing unverifiable statements that lead to false expectations on the part of all. JAYCIE ZIMMERMAN Fred Sands Estates Beverly Hills
September 1, 1985
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance is very concerned that the film, "Year of the Dragon," depicts Chinese Americans as mobsters, and Chinatown as a den of crime, corruption and violence. In fact, our community is made up of law-abiding, hardworking citizens. Because of the widespread effect that a motion picture can have on the entire population, we feel that the creators and the studio, who are in command of such a powerful tool, have an obligation to those persons and communities whom they choose to portray.
January 19, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
  Young Patrick Reed regained consciousness just in time to make Sunday's final round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament at La Quinta interesting. He had described his first three rounds of 63-63-63 as similar to "being in a putting coma. " The other players in the tournament could only nod in agreement. Going into Sunday on the Palmer Private course, Reed had made a total of two bogeys. That, along with his 25 birdies and two eagles, gave him a seven-shot lead and reduced the victory expectations of the rest of the field to zilch.
December 6, 2013 | By Rober Abele
Early on in writer-director Jessie McCormack's "Expecting" - about female friendship, marriage and pregnancy - there's an unhurried, amiable but tension-filled vibe that suggests Nicole Holofcener's perceptive comedies. Lizzie (Radha Mitchell) wants a baby, her husband, Peter (John Dore), might not, but they accept an offer from Lizzie's caustic kook of a best friend, Andie (Michelle Monaghan) - pregnant after a one-night stand - to hand over Andie's child to them when born. The movie's early promise fades, however, as an Apatowian crassness descends upon the comic situations, churlishness gets mistaken for rawness, and sweetness starts to feel manipulative instead of natural.
October 27, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Just north of the big hotels along bustling Century Boulevard east of LAX lie the remains of Manchester Square. Once a thriving community with its own elementary school, the working-class neighborhood that sprang up in the postwar building boom is now an urban void of unkempt buildings, desolate streets and residential lots scraped bare where thousands used to live. Their long-gone addresses are marked by idle driveways, clusters of trees and chain-link fences that crisscross 20 square blocks.
August 22, 2013
Re “Altared Plans,” Business, Aug. 18 While it's interesting to read about the financial worries of wealthy families making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and whether they can reduce their operating costs by trading in their Range Rovers for Teslas, it might be more practical for your Money Makeover section to focus on the financial concerns of the majority of your readership, which live by much more modest means. Bernie Anderson Irvine More letters to the editor ...  
August 3, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Los Angeles has never been big on regret. For most of the city's history we've been so busy charging forward, inventing and reinventing the future, that we've rarely paused to wonder what might have been. In architecture, when we do look back, we usually focus more on mistakes of action than inaction. We mourn the landmarks we've knocked down rather than the ones we failed to build in the first place. But how do you catalog a history of mistimed, misguided or ill-fated ambition?
April 15, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
There is something gratifying about pool parties and daytime drinking, where the sun acts as the great equalizer and melts every body down to its most simple form. Human flaws become real, and even the most beautiful girl can look washed out and stripped down. And so it was on Sunday afternoon at Chevy's Volt Valley at the Mirage and the Guess Hotel pool parties, where groups of Coachella refugees bonded over Patron Popsicles and garish displays of fun. At Chevy's Volt Valley at the Mirage, which took place at a private estate on the outskirts of the festival, guests were partaking in the pleasures of a zip line over a small, muddy lake.
September 21, 1986 | John M. Wilson
Lumberton, N.C., takes on mythic proportions as the setting for David Lynch's visionary (and oddball) murder mystery, "Blue Velvet"--but will the film ever play in the real Lumberton? "I don't think the people in Lumberton are going to like it too much," drawled Jack Durell, a film buyer for Eastern Federal Corp., which own's Lumberton's Town and Country Cinema. "Have you seen it? That film is weird. Lumberton's an awfully small town (pop.
June 10, 1988
The most surprised person in California on election night must have been Assemblyman Ross Johnson (R-La Habra), the lead author of Proposition 73, the so-called campaign reform initiative on the primary ballot. Against all odds and expectations, even of its authors, Proposition 73 was approved by California voters with 3 million votes. The measure thus prevailed over the true reform measure, Proposition 68, and will become law on Jan. 1. Proposition 73 never was a serious proposal.
March 8, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Here are six books (and book events) to which I'm especially looking forward: a preview of the writes of spring. April 2 "The Flamethrowers" by Rachel Kushner Scribner Rachel Kushner's first novel, "Telex From Cuba," was a sensation: Set in the years before the Cuban revolution, it was a national bestseller and a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. Her follow-up, "The Flamethrowers," operates in the space between creativity and politics, the saga of an artist who travels from Lower Manhattan in the late 1970s to become immersed in the white hot center of Italian radical politics.
December 18, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
In "The Guilt Trip," which features Barbra Streisand's first starring performance in more than 15 years, the definitive diva plays a lighthearted version of a stereotypical Jewish mother, eating candy in bed and endlessly doting on her only son, played by Seth Rogen. He is an aspiring inventor who has lined up a series of meetings across the country to try to sell his nontoxic household cleaner to box stores and other major retailers. Circumstance and a little affectionate subterfuge on his part lead him to invite her along.
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