| Nov 15, 2008
Accused of war atrocities
William Doyle, 75, who led an Army unit accused of killing hundreds of civilians during the Vietnam War, died Nov. 6 at a hospital in Springfield, Mo., of complications from chronic lung disease.
The Kansas City,...
| Jan 4, 2009
"The Journals of John Cheever" edited by Robert Gottlieb (Vintage)
"Good Friday. I neither fast nor make any observations of this somber time. I roam from the post office to the church, unsober. The central altar is dark, but on the left the priest has...
| Jan 21, 2009
Flowers with a card, a surprise pair of plane tickets, a lovingly crafted mix tape -- these are among the time-honored tools of courtship available to the average mortal.
But how about a darkly comic two-act play about tensions and flirtations among...
| Aug 31, 2008
Words & Ideas
Tongue & Groove Conrad Romo hosts this monthly reading series. The latest installment will feature Chiwan Choi, Chris Kerr, Doug Cordell, Pat Payne and Nancy Pimental, with music by Les July. www.tongueandgroovela.com. Hotel Cafe,...
| Nov 7, 2008
The unfortunate thing about revisiting "The Grapes of Wrath" is that John Steinbeck's Depression-era classic about a displaced Dust Bowl family does not merely conjure up the social ills of a distant historical chapter in a remote, informative way....
| Apr 25, 2008
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Happy 50th Cannery Row! In 1958, the city renamed a chunk of Ocean View Avenue in honor of John Steinbeck's namesake novel. A new hotel--the Intercontinental Clement Monterey--opens in June along with a new Imax theater. Here's the...
| Jan 4, 2008
Rimmon C. Fay, a marine scientist and longtime Venice Beach lifeguard who devoted his life to saving the Santa Monica Bay from pollution and other assaults, has died. He was 78.
Fay died of a heart attack at Berkley West Convalescent Hospital in Santa...
| Oct 4, 2009
Last year, the Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature to the French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. The prize has been handed out annually, with the exception of the World War II years, since 1901, when French poet René F.A. Sully-...
| Oct 18, 2009
Dawn is coming soon. The lights are off, the sound system silent and the beasts of the Monterey Bay Aquarium have the place mostly to themselves: the otters, the anemones, the octopuses, the great white shark in the big tank, the lame young albatross in...
| Aug 2, 2009
In the patch of paradise called Big Sur, Billy Post was the last cowboy. A direct descendant of one of the early settlers of El Sur GrandeEl Sur Grande, the 19th-century name for the coastal wilderness south of Monterey, he herded cows, built roads,...
| Sep 13, 2009
Morris Dickstein's "Dancing in the Dark" is not exactly the syncretic "Cultural History of the Great Depression" that its subtitle promises -- at best, the book treats inferentially the broad political and social trends of that desperate, crucial era. Let...