May 12, 1992 |
In one sense, there was some surprising news the other day about Channel One, the made-for-the-classroom news program that has been banned in California's public schools because it laces its learning with commercials. Whittle Communications, the owner of Channel One, actually paid for a study concluding that its own product hasn't done much to increase high school students' knowledge of current affairs.
February 21, 2010
Reviews by David Pagel (D.P.) and Leah Ollman (L.O.). Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. Critics' Choices Richard T. Walker: successive inconceivable events Walker's short video, "successive inconceivable events," is part romantic meditation, part confessional love letter. The object of Walker's affection? The landscape itself, which he addresses in the voice of a confused suitor, unsure where he stands. "I think you're really beautiful and quite amazing," he bellows into the wilderness, "and yet there's a lack of some sort of connection."
September 3, 2010 |
Aries (March 21-April 19): Like watching a magician, when you know what to overlook, you can sit back and let the magic happen. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You can have an excellent time with someone who doesn't share your likes and dislikes, but at least one of you has to have an open mind. Today it has to be you. Gemini (May 21-June 21): We all tell ourselves lies from time to time, but a certain friend of yours makes sure to dispel yours as soon as she catches wind of them.
May 19, 2001 |
Good thing I've been in the biz long enough to know not to take anything I read seriously . . . especially in the sports section in the days leading up to a big event. This was a particularly handy lesson this week. If you believed everything you read about the Lakers and Spurs, you would have concluded that: * David Robinson is mean.
February 22, 2012 |
Welcome to this rite and ritual of an American spring, breaking in a new glove. As with anything in baseball, there are 100 views on the proper way to do this, all argued passionately. Glove gurus, some more guru than others, recommend treating a stiff new glove as either your best friend or roadkill. You can drown a glove, you can bake it, you can run it over with the car. Breaking in a baseball glove isn't science so much as a form of testosterone-fueled witchcraft. Tony Pena, former major league backstop and current New York Yankees bench coach, reportedly goes ape on a new catcher's glove, turning it inside out, outside in, punching, prodding, mugging it into submission — it's almost hard to watch.
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June 22, 1987
As he has done so triumphantly in the past, the Great Communicator ended a broadcast address by looking Americans squarely in the eye and appealing to them to tell the Beltway insiders just what they thought about taxes and spending. "Because believe me," President Reagan said, "if some in Congress won't see the light, I know you can make them feel the heat." Such an appeal used to hit Washington switchboards like so many blinking Christmas trees.