August 12, 2008
Re "An era ends in silence," Column, Aug. 9 Tim Rutten, whose columns are almost always worth reading, cites Mickey Kaus, who is almost never worth reading, to assert that the failure of the media to follow up on the National Enquirer story about John Edwards' affair demonstrates that the media have a double standard favoring Democrats. The charge of a double standard "is largely true, as anyone who recalls the media frenzy over conservative commentator and former Cabinet secretary William Bennett's high-stakes gambling would agree," Rutten writes.
May 19, 2006
Re "A hot paper muzzles academia," Current, May 14 Eve Fairbanks claims that Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government was "nervous to be associated" with Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer's "Israel Lobby" paper, and she suggests that this nervousness came from the anticipated loss of donations. A more accurate explanation could be the paper's poor scholarship. Mearsheimer conceded that the paper contains no original documentation and that the authors did not conduct any independent interviews.
November 13, 2005 |
The vision comes and goes. You can still picture, if only barely, Evelyn Waugh arriving back when not everything here had been named yet, and seeing the double meanings laid so bare--oasis and dust, paradise and exile--that he finished a novel in 10 weeks ("The Loved One," his sendup of an immortality-crazed mortuary) after it had taken him three years to write the one before. Of course the ironies have gotten a bit gentrified since then.
July 3, 2005
The "Editorials Elsewhere" can be junked. The snippets are not worth reading, especially when they have nothing to do with Los Angeles or California matters. You can use the space for more important items. Carl Olson Woodland Hills
August 20, 2004 |
Nineteen months ago, when historian Philip Zelikow was named executive director of the 9/11 commission, his goal was to produce an authoritative report so clearly written that any American could understand it -- and would want to read it. "It's a report, above all, to the American people. It should be readable," Zelikow says. "In a way, having material like this was both horrifying and a precious opportunity. This is a very important story in American history.
June 23, 2003
The children's book "The Adventures of Isabel" is out of print, but the rollicking silliness of Ogden Nash's polysyllabic rhyme still delights any youngster lucky enough to hear or read the emboldening tale about a little girl who coolly defeats monsters and bad dreams. "The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous, The bear's big mouth was cruel and cavernous." Preschoolers are too young to know the meaning of those big words, but they do some pretty good guessing from context.