April 1, 2010
Two local authors examine how writers take on the challenges posed by political and cultural conflict in today's world . Laila Lalami , originally from Morocco, will discuss her latest novel, "Secret Son," which traces one boy's turn to radical Islam. Kenyan novelist, essayist, journalist, editor and all-around intellectual Ngugi wa Thiong'o will talk about "Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir." ALOUD at Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. 7 p.m. Thu. www.lfla.org.
December 15, 2005 |
The Writers Guilds announced nominations Wednesday for outstanding television writing during 2005, including three new award categories for excellence in episodic writing. Nominations for best writing of a dramatic series went to HBO's "Deadwood" and "Six Feet Under," ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost," and NBC's "The West Wing."
August 16, 1992
Kudos to Bob Sipchen for his article, "We Sing to Keep From Crying" (Aug. 2). Both my 78-year-old mother and I read it, and we found it so moving that we could not keep from crying. A beautiful, honest piece of writing. I'll clip it to share with my students as a fine example of truth-telling. MARILYN KATHRYN HARRINGTON Writing Skills Program CalPoly, San Luis Obispo
March 1, 1992
And God said unto them: "i before e, except after c!" MARLENE STEIN Pahrump, Nev .
January 4, 2007
"Wooing With Writing: A Story's Quick End," [Dec. 28] is one of the cleverest articles you've had in The Times in a long time. Get rid of Joel Stein and give Stephen Krcmar his space. ERIC COOPER Santa Monica
HOME & GARDEN
June 9, 2005
I was pleased to see the return of Lili Singer ["Clambering for Attention," May 12, and "The Hubbub Over Heucheras," June 2]. Her deep knowledge of plants and plant resources combined with her fresh writing style draw me into her articles. Nancy Pine Altadena
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2001
Re "How Can Writing in Your Journal Be a Crime?" Opinion, Aug. 5: I wholeheartedly agree with Joe Loya and his excellent depiction of the importance of journal writing. I was a troubled teen and used writing to work through my anger. I know that there were many inappropriate subjects I wrote about, mostly in poetic form. Things like strangling and raping girls. I never acted, nor would I ever have. It was more of an internal struggle for who I was and dealing with internal anger and pain.
November 7, 1990
Your column "Maiming the Message Is Only Half the Danger" (View, Sept. 19) might be subtitled "Cliches, Ill-Thought-Out Assertions, and Timid Fears by a Cowardly Writer." The whole article is a mass of mush about the alleged ruination of civilized writing caused by word processors. If you were still teaching English you could send one of your Freshman Comp kids to do a library search on the topic and, assuming the kid could do research, you would be presented with a list of more than 250 similar articles, an average of about one per week for the past five years, on the same subject, and all like yours, sans substance and full of vague, dumb fears.
January 29, 2005 |
A writer needs three things: something to write about (a subject), something to write with (a pen) and something to write on (paper). All three are contained in "The Writer's Workshop in a Box: The Ultimate Tool to Begin Your Writing Life," (Tarcher-Penguin, $22), edited by Sandra Bark.
August 7, 1994
From the Emmy nominations announced last week, the television academy sent out a message that there was not one other quality drama series in a whole season that deserved recognition for writing other than "NYPD Blue" (ABC). If such is the case, that does not bode well for the future of commercial television. Congratulations to the producers, writers, cast and crew of "NYPD Blue" on their record 26 Emmy nominations. I watched every week and I applaud their efforts. However, in terms of writing, there is a far more deserving drama series that was sorely overlooked by the academy--"Picket Fences" (CBS)