January 8, 2010 |
"Youth in Revolt" isn't bad -- the cast is too good for it to be bad -- but archly comic coming-of-age fables are tricky things, and this adaptation of the first three C.D. Payne stories about an Oakland teenager's improbable life, times, fantasies and picaresque sexual adventures does not precisely feel like This Year's Stuff. Still, I laughed a fair bit. That's no ringing endorsement, but it's January. The movie seems like a rerelease somehow. Partly, it's timing and how long the picture has been on the shelf.
November 18, 2012
Re “ The frump factor ,” Opinion, Nov. 15 I couldn't have put it better than Meghan Daum. In this country, the “frump factor” is where it's at. And it doesn't end there. Besides the frump factor, we hold different ethnic groups to a double standard, and those of us who are overweight to a double standard. Until we realize that we're all in this together and that the good is on the inside of our brothers and our sisters, then I know our journey is far from over.
January 7, 2010 |
"I'm more androgynous," says Portia Doubleday, "because men are supposed to be more spatial, women more literal -- I'm a tomboy." The 21-year-old actress is speaking of her academic pursuits -- she's studying psychology and considering pre-med because "I've always had a more spatial mind, mathematical, than literal." But it's not likely anyone is going to mistake the athletic young woman with the blue saucer eyes and flowing blond tresses for a boy. She looks like a cross between Natasha Lyonne and Lily Cole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1992
With all the talk about unemployed youth why don't we start up the old CCC that put the youth into camps all over the country? They built fire roads, maintained trails and firebreaks and maintained buildings in the parks and forests of the country. They had classes in English and math in the evenings and learned how to work. Many went on to successful careers. One even became director of the national parks. Now is the time to do something. HARVEY T. ANDERSON Malibu
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1992
Your article on San Diego teen-agers' use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs ("S.D. Teens Drink, Smoke Less Than Peers," Feb. 12) brings home the important statistic that 68% of all deaths for persons under the age of 24 are caused by car crashes, homicides, suicides and other injuries. The story correctly points out that the use of alcohol and other drugs contributes in major ways to these deaths. Of additional interest are statistics, not presented in your article, which show that about half of all drownings, spousal violence, child abuse and armed robberies, plus a large portion of other types of traumatic deaths, are also alcohol-related.
April 7, 1999
Investors in Internet stocks are younger than average--duh!--and hope for more than twice the average expected return, according to a national survey of 1,026 consumers by the Gallup Organization. Twenty-seven percent of investors under 40 have invested in Internet companies, compared with 15% of all investors, according to the 11th monthly index of investor optimism co-sponsored by Paine Webber. The younger investors say they expect returns of 30.6% in the next 12 months, compared with 14.
October 24, 2013 |
"Why does the TV business hate people over 50?" That's one of the most common questions I get asked by viewers. This is not an idle query. The TV industry, like much of corporate America, chases youth. That pursuit has a major impact on programming. It helps explain why a low-rated show such as NBC's "Community" can keep going (and going, and going ...) while older-skewing shows are usually toast. Even if they have more total viewers. So now you know why "Harry's Law," the legal drama with sexagenarian Kathy Bates, is no longer on the air. NBC executives said as much when they canceled the show.