CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1986
Your article (Oct. 25), "Parents Win Suit to Control Reading," was of special interest to me since it listed as one of the "objectionable selections" by the Tennessee parents Shakespeare's "Macbeth" for its "presentations of witchcraft and magic." Each year, my students study this play and, as a result, gain new insights into the workings of the human conscience and its struggle with good and evil. They see a good and honored man, "worthy Macbeth," being led step by step to his doom because he is blinded by his own excessive ambition--his hamartia or tragic flaw.
June 12, 1987 |
"The role he was born to play" was a flaming ad line in the dear old days of movie hype. And watching Jack Nicholson snort, wheeze, leer, letch, purr, growl, pout, pitch fits and masticate his way through "The Witches of Eastwick"--the devil come to present-day Rhode Island--it's enough to make you believe in acting predestination. Under Australian director George Miller ("Mad Max"), "The Witches of Eastwick" (citywide) begins so promisingly.
July 17, 1986 |
Chinese witches in the southern province of Guangdong are smashing their spirit altars and flocking to government-organized agriculture classes, a Canton newspaper reported Wednesday. The Canton Evening News said that women in nearby Hua county, some of whom had failed as farmers, have turned to witchcraft, setting up "spirit altars where they cheat people of their money."
July 9, 1986 |
Summer is icumen in Lhude sing cuccu --The Cuckoo Song (Anonymous) June was different. There is nothing preternatural about July, nothing mystical. Hit the beach, catch the rays, have the coven over for a Coke. August promises more of the same. But June was different, right up to the last days. James Johnson is packing for vacation. "Mostly A's, I think," the slender Pomona College freshman says. "Maybe a couple of Bs. Pretty good year." Into the suitcase go T-shirts, socks, pants.
July 29, 2012 |
Shadow of Night A Novel Deborah Harkness Viking: 584 pp., $28.95 Writing second installments of planned trilogies is harder than you think. There has to be enough background from the first novel - but not too much - to give newcomers a grasp of the story while advancing the plot for readers eagerly anticipating the challenges of the new book. Deborah Harkness laid the foundation of her "All Souls Trilogy" with "A Discovery of Witches," which introduces historian Diana Bishop, a witch not fully aware of her powers.
February 25, 2011 |
There's something inspiring for old-fashioned book lovers out there about an early scene in Deborah Harkness' novel "A Discovery of Witches" (Viking: 579 pp., $28.95). Magical creatures suddenly gather as a woman opens a legendary lost book. Never mind that most of these creatures ? vampires, daemons, witches ? are all plotting to get the book out of the hands of Diana, an American professor on a research trip in England. Menace aside, the scene is almost an hommage to the printed word: There's far more magic in an old book than in an iPad no matter how good the latter's backlighting is. "My fingers trembled when I loosened the small brass clasps?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1989
Harrison states that in Winthrop's New England "witches, of course, were burned." I deny it. Yes, 19 were hanged in Salem; 10 at other places; two died in prison. But I know of no record of the burning of witches in New England. SHELBY J. LIGHT Long Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1997
I take issue with the use of the words "Witch" or "Witchcraft" in general and specifically in the item "Workshop Explores Religious Diversity" in Valley Focus (Sept. 25). The word "Witch" should always be capitalized as is the custom when describing the adherent of any other religion, as should the word "Witchcraft" when naming the religion. By not properly capitalizing these words in this context, you denigrate and belittle the validity of our faith. Years after federal courts declared [Wicca]