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September 9, 1991
As a resident of the Pico-Union area of the city of Los Angeles, I want to commend Rosemary Kaul's photo essays about our community ("In the Heart of a City," Sept. 1). Her photos present the other face of the Central-American community, the daily struggle for survival, and the unity in the diversity. It is a true and vivid photographic album presenting the dignity and courage of our people. Her excellent photojournalistic work will serve as a window to "Little Central America" for our multi-ethnic and multicultural community.
February 27, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
With the perseverance of a field anthropologist and the eye of a poet, documentarian Jessica Oreck traces a year of seasons in the stunning "Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys. " Her keenly observed portrait of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland is no romantic pastoral; for all their wild beauty, the seasons can be tough viewing, in particular the fall days of slaughter. But like two recent documentaries about shepherds - "Sweetgrass," set in Montana, and "Hiver Nomade," set in the Alps - "Aatsinki" is a work of cinéma vérité of the highest order: vivid, immersive and unflinching.
May 14, 1989
Imagine our surprise--my students' six-week-long oral history assignment was due the day after you ran "Dust Bowl Legacy." Thank you for sharing a vivid period with your readers. JANICE ANDERSON WESTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL Westlake Village
January 25, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Something in us loves a pirate. Of all the world's brigands, the pirate is the most romantic, the one whose way of life represents a breezy alternative to our drudging own. What child does not know how many men sit on a dead man's chest? They have been in the movies at least since D.W. Griffith's "The Pirate's Gold" in 1906, and you lately may have felt the franchise that is "Pirates of the Caribbean" brush your shoulder as it made its way through the marketplace. There has been the occasional TV movie, as well, but a full-fledged pirate series has been long in coming.
January 1, 1989
Words cannot express the joy and emotion Jerry Hulse's fine article on Sausalito (Dec. 4) stirred in me. I'm 84. I'll probably never again get to see those views I love so much and which are really mine forever. Hulse is a vivid writer! ELLA MAY FRAZER Deming, N.M.
March 13, 1997
Re "A Passion for Canines, Cold Winds," March 8: What a wonderful piece on the Yukon Quest--very moving. On a 79 degree day in Pasadena, I could almost feel the cold. Thank you for such vivid writing, John Balzar. CAROLYN WIELAND Pasadena
April 9, 1989 | Jonathan Kirsch
"Eva Hoffman is a masterful storyteller, her voice rich and melodic, her recollections intimate, vivid, poignant. She is a passionate survivor who is haunted by history and, above all, by language."
February 13, 2008
Thanks for the terrific article on chopped salads ["Chop, Chop Chop -- Salad," by Betty Hallock and Donna Deane, Feb. 6]. I eat a salad a day usually, so you have given me some great new ideas. The vivid descriptions make me want to run out and buy ingredients. Wendy Spears Los Angeles
April 21, 1989 | SUVAN GEER
Bright narrative paintings by Patricia Patterson return again to her familiar subject--Ireland's Aran Islands. They visit with warm, uncomplicated locals and their verdant land. Strictly paintings this time, no installations, bric-a-brac or lyric banners, they nevertheless proclaim the artist's affection for the emerald isle in vivid color and quick line. Patterson's color is dynamic. Using chalky, quick drying casein paint, she underpaints each canvas with a vivid ground. The image is then sketched and rapidly filled in with contrasting bright colors that almost dance off the canvas in visual and gestural excitement.
December 12, 1996
The mallady (pun intended) described by Doug Kaplan hits home ("Overmalled, Underschooled," Commentary, Dec. 9). While there are more than 30 fancy hotels, mega-retail and lush golf courses within 10 miles of my home, the Quonset hut where I teach mathematics is a shameful environment for the students and teachers alike. Kaplan's vivid analysis shows how political boundaries formed by cities, counties and school districts, when combined with California tax codes, work to the detriment of education.
January 18, 2014 | By Reed Johnson
In one of Andrew Moore's photographs of Cuba, on display through Feb. 15 at Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles, a half-dozen men and women are hanging out at an aging ferry terminal. Their postures are casual and unself-conscious, yet they form a quasi-theatrical tableau. One couple appears absorbed in intimate conversation. A single man rests his head on his hands. Through the modest structure's three arched openings, the verdant tropical landscape can be glimpsed. The image is titled "La Espera," a Spanish word that can mean both "wait" and "hope.
January 18, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
The most surprising thing about "Her," the new Spike Jonze movie, is not that it dares to suggest an otherwise sane person might fall in love with the operating system that runs his computer and his smartphone. Or that middle-aged men look good in high-waisted pants. Or that it will be possible someday soon to ride a subway from downtown Los Angeles to the beach. It is something simpler: that the near future is more interesting, culturally and architecturally, than the recent past.
December 26, 2013 | By Tony Perry
In recent years it's become a truism that the American military promises "no man left behind" when it goes to war. But in World War II, that promise was often not achievable and may not even have been a priority. More than 73,000 Americans remain missing in action and presumed dead from World War II. Of those, 47,000 disappeared in the Pacific during the "island hopping campaign" that can be said to have begun at Guadalcanal in 1942 and ended in Okinawa in 1945. Tracking down the remains of the MIAs and piecing together their final moments is the daunting, emotionally fraught quest - undertaken by civilians and the military - at the heart of "Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II," a deeply reported, compellingly written book by Wil S. Hylton, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.
December 23, 2013 | By August Brown
The hotel room was destroyed. A television lay shattered on the ground, surrounded by a shredded pile of photographs and Bible pages, soda cans and broken furniture. On the mangled hotel bed, the sheets were coiled up in a corner, still holding the form of the human responsible for this mess. Just down the hall, Billy Idol and guys from the Sex Pistols, Blondie and Adam & the Ants banged out loud and sloppy Stooges covers late into the night. It's a scene Sid Vicious might have loved if he'd lived to attend the Los Angeles art opening.
December 15, 2013
Charles Vest President of MIT oversaw expansion Charles Vest, 72, who as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology oversaw a vast expansion of the institution and inaugurated an unprecedented program of free online education, died Thursday at home in the Washington, D.C., area, according to the university. The cause was pancreatic cancer. Vest was president of MIT from 1990 to 2004, and served on several high-level panels outside the university, including a State Department group that concluded in a 2005 report that the U.S. intelligence community was "dead wrong" in almost all its pre-Iraq war judgments about that country's supposed weapons of mass destruction.
December 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Before Patti Smith, before Allen Ginsberg, before Thomas Wolfe, before O. Henry, the Chelsea Hotel was populated by 80 convivial families of various levels of wealth, brought together by an idealistic board partly inspired by a French philosopher so radical some thought him mad. That was back at the turn of the century - the 20th century - which is where Sherill Tippins begins her engaging, readable history, "Inside the Dream Palace. " It tells the story of the remarkable building, opened in 1884 on 23rd Street in New York City, and its legendary inhabitants, but it does something more, presenting an oft-overlooked current of American utopianism, one that was urban, creative and surprisingly long-lived.
July 14, 1991 | Kenneth Turan
They seem so far away now, those days of the civil-rights movement, when what needed to be done seemed so clear, and the enemy, like the police dogs of Birmingham, Ala., and their handlers (above) seemed so well-defined. Charles Moore was a free-lance photographer for Life magazine at the time, and his vivid photographs bring back those days with an immediacy that is a shock to the system. An exceptionally fine record of a heroic episode.
September 2, 2004
The current rage of hot, vivid, brilliant colors for walls is a trend I can do without no matter what the "in" interior designers dictate ("The Prestigious Palette," Aug. 26). I've spent time recently in a few of those "new" rooms, and frankly, they offend my senses, just as sitting next to a woman in a theater who has drenched herself in a bottle of Chanel makes me want to leave that space. Purple and turquoise walls become oppressive after a while; blinding yellow and orange walls prompt a headache in short order.
November 15, 2013 | By Wendy Smith
"Anyone who writes about Druids and mysteriously coordinated landscapes," Graham Robb admits, "must expect to be treated with suspicion. " Indeed, although the Druids were the learned elite of the ancient Celts, they are better known today as the inspiration for such flaky goings on as the gathering at Stonehenge of ersatz Druids in white robes celebrating the summer solstice. (Stonehenge actually antedates the Druids by millenniums.) They seem an odd subject for the critically praised biographer of Balzac, Hugo and Rimbaud, a historian whose previous works seldom look back further than the French Revolution.
October 10, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Returning to the country her family fled years earlier because of persecution by the Khmer Rouge, Kalyanee Mam has crafted a deeply felt portrait of Cambodia. Her documentary "A River Changes Course" is a profile of three families in different parts of the Southeast Asian nation - a remote northern jungle, a floating hamlet on the Tonle Sap River and a village outside Phnomh Penh - that captures the country at a crucial juncture on the industrialization spectrum. However emblematic their struggles are, the people Mam follows over several years are vivid individuals, whether they're facing a poor rice harvest, dwindling fish supplies or deforestation in the name of progress.
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