April 9, 2001 |
Musicians and critics view each other with morbid fascination. One group works with the incorporeal reality of sound and the other with the translation of that experience into personal opinion. The art of music is ultimately timeless while the craft of criticism is at best transitory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2000 |
Politics hath no fury like the fury of a woman scorned. And no woman has been more scorned than Katherine Harris, Florida's Republican secretary of state. But last night, after nearly three weeks of abuse from Democrats and the media, Harris hath had her revenge. The loser, of course, is Al Gore. And the winner, maybe, is George W. Bush. Yet even greater furies have been loosed in the three weeks since election day, far fiercer than during the campaign itself.
November 26, 2000 |
A Soviet general in World War II once gave an order of the day: "Bury the dead. Send back the wounded. All the rest, forward!" George W. Bush, it now appears more likely than ever, is our new president. My losing side--the liberals, progressives, radicals, tree-huggers, Naderites, ardent Gore Democrats--probably will cut one another up in tiny bloody ribbons of factional venom and blame-calling. It's happening already.
May 31, 2000 |
"Snakebit," at the Coast Playhouse, could use more bite. Or maybe a snake. True, three of the four characters are beset by problems and anxieties. They might indeed think of themselves as snakebit. But no snakelike person shows up as the source of their woes--and the venom from at least some of their troubles isn't as severe as it initially appeared. The fourth character, an up-and-coming actor who's on the verge of a big movie role, looks like a snake at first glance.
August 30, 1999 |
Few people get through life without the pain or discomfort of a sting by a bee, yellow jacket, hornet or wasp, and many of us are stung more than once. For those who are allergic to the insect venom, these seemingly minor encounters can cause serious, even life-threatening complications. Each of these types of insects can trigger an allergic reaction. Some people are allergic to the venom of several of these insects, others to only one or two.
September 25, 1998 |
Michael Eisner will eat lunch in this town again. In fact, Hollywood muckrakers and gossip mongers would do better dusting off their copies of Julia Phillips' 1991 mean kiss-and-tell than picking up a copy of Eisner's new autobiographical business book, "Work in Progress," which they'd undoubtedly find a yawn.
September 21, 1998 |
The world premiere here of "Antz"--a gala screening and party complete with red carpets and oversized martinis--marked the grand finale of the 23rd Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday night. But it was just the start of what is shaping up to be a cutthroat and unusually personal battle of the cinematic bugs. DreamWorks SKG's computer-animated satire about an ant who wants to be his own man features the voices of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman and Sylvester Stallone.
August 31, 1998 |
Snake venom may hold the promise of fighting breast cancer, according to USC researchers. While studying the properties of copperhead snake venom, biochemist Francis Markland and his colleagues told an American Chemical Society meeting last week in Boston that the venom contains a protein that could block tiny cells known as platelets from binding together. They then figured the protein might help slow the growth of cancer by blocking the invasive actions of tumor cells, Markland said.
March 7, 1998
It's rare that I read a film review so hostile, venomous and baseless as Kevin Thomas' review of "Krippendorf's Tribe" (Feb. 27). Where Thomas derides the filmmakers' very intentions as racist and backward, I found that it was the native New Guineans who had the last laugh. What we see are not the dated "Out of Africa" images Thomas describes but an advanced culture whose members manage to dupe countless Americans into thinking that there are still lost tribes somewhere on this planet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1997 |
Herpetologist Richard Ritchey gingerly laid out the tiny white venom sac he had surgically extracted from an unconscious forest cobra. "There's enough [venom] in here to kill at least 10 people," said Ritchey, one of only a handful of people in the nation capable of performing the surgery. "It's a serious operation, but as far as stress goes, this animal will eat tomorrow." Minutes later, the now harmless snake began moving on the table and flicking its forked tongue.