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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2001
Re "Science and the Art of Storytelling," Opinion, June 17: Russ Rymer states, "Never has our dominion over nature been as spectacular as it is about to become, and never before will nature have reduced us to such spectacular inconsequence." This may seem like a minor semantic point, but if mankind is not of nature, what are we? Alien non-binary chopped liver? Rymer alludes to the waning influences of religion and politics on our collective consciousness, but is it not Judeo-Christianity that posited that man was somehow separate from nature (and separate as well from the third player, the creative source of the universe)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1996 | BILL BILLITER and DEBRA CANO
Local resident Stan Cohen said he was flabbergasted recently when he won the top prize of $5,000 in a nationwide essay contest. Cohen, 63, who writes a column for a local weekly newspaper and is a longtime community volunteer, retired in 1989 from the Internal Revenue Service as an assistant chief of the criminal investigation division for Southern California.
FOOD
March 29, 2006
THANK you to Russ Parsons for the wonderful, playful tone you bring to food writing. I consistently find myself laughing and promptly e-mailing your pieces to my foodie friends and my language-loving, polyglot father. And, of course, cooking recipes from them later in the week. Joy in food is such a good thing, and sharing it through your writing is pure pleasure. CAMERON BLAKE HOLTZ Charlotte, N.C.
MAGAZINE
September 17, 2006
Thanks to Chris Epting for a most accurate portrait of Arnold Hano, the avid baseball fan and master of words ("Back to the Bleachers," Aug. 27). I was lucky to have taken my first creative writing class from him in the '70s at UC Irvine. May he continue to share his insights on baseball and the world for many years to come. Janie Watts Pacific Palisades
SPORTS
July 19, 1986
Those of us who have spent a career as working reporters have long noted, with as little envy as we could manage, that Jim Murray wins one or more awards almost every year for "best sportswriting." How about making this the year for the award he most deserves, "best writing." How about nominating Jim's July 8 plea for public attendance at the retinitis pigmentosa dinner for the Pulitzer Prize? PAUL PIERCE Malibu
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1995
Re "Fertile Ground for Poetry," May 16: Many a time I've passed Through this place Of dust and rusted metal Contemptuous (If I deigned to glance) Never dreaming that In this hardscrabble town God's gift of poetry Could be found. GEORGE E. MILLER Los Osos While I am grateful for the attention drawn to the Fresno writing scene, the article seems to give the impression that after the retirement of Philip Levine, the creative writing program at Cal State Fresno is close to moribund.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1996
In regard to your article on the Writing Program at UCLA (June 24), one major problem is that the UC system has not made competent writing a requirement for admission. High school seniors send in their applications in November, and in February they are admitted or rejected on the basis of their grade-point average, SAT and Achievement Test scores and their personal statement. Then, in May, the admittees are tested to see if they know how to write, by taking the Subject A exam. A large percentage fail the exam, and they are required to take one or more remedial courses after enrolling on their campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1989 | ELAINE WOO and JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writers
Seniors in 12 out of 15 Orange County high school districts demonstrated above-average writing skills last year in a new state test to determine writing proficiency, state education officials announced Monday. Statewide, 79% of last year's 12th-grade class showed adequate to above-average writing skills, while 19% showed minimal ability, according to test results. In Orange County, all but three of the 15 high school districts scored above the state average.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 1992
I don't like what Janice Page wrote about Color Me Badd and Paula Abdul one bit. Paula's voice does not squeak at all. She is a great singer. Color Me Badd does not try to copy New Kids on the Block. And they sing and dance great. That's a fact. I happen to love both of them. I bet a lot of people agree with me. So stop writing stuff about them. You'll probably be getting a lot more nasty letters. I was at the concert, and it was great. JESSICA WILLIAMS Irvine
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2010 | By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
The list of Nobel literary laureates is long on writers fated to be forgotten. Nadine Gordimer is not among them. "Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954-2008" brings together 91 pieces of her nonfiction written over 55 years: This is a collection that often inspires and seldom fails to reward. Gordimer, 86, is the most distinguished of the South African writers who bore witness to the grinding evils of Apartheid and sought its end. She was born in one of South Africa's Transvaal mining towns, the daughter of Jewish immigrants — her father, a watchmaker from Russia, her mother a London-born opponent of segregation, who founded a crèche for local African children.
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