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Associated PressChristopher Nolan, an Irish poet and novelist who refused to let cerebral palsy get in the way of his writing, has died. He was 43. Nolan choked on a piece of food Friday at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, according to a statement from his family in the...
Tags: Fiction, Parkinson's Disease, Death, James Joyce, Family
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterPennsylvania Avenue slopes upward through suburban La Crescenta, runs past neatly ordered ranch-style homes and ends at the lush greenery of the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains. There, at the foothills, sits the Temple of the Universal Spirit. "It...
Special to The TimesHOWARD (name changed), an impeccably dressed 83-year-old, first came to my office at the end of a typically busy afternoon. He was a frail man who moved slowly and had a high-pitched, whining voice that grated on my 4:30 p.m. nerves. He was consulting...
Tags: Death, Colleges and Universities, Skin Cancer, Education, Tumors
Times Staff WriterShe had forgotten her white-gold senior class ring and quinceanera video but had pocketed mascara and a cellphone charger before flames chased her from Santa Catalina Island. But as dawn began to loom Friday, 18-year-old Daisy Saldana began to catalog...
Tags: Children, Death, American Red Cross, Education, Family
"At first, you see the eyes," James Hueter says of a mysterious, multilayered work in his exhibition at the Claremont Museum of Art. And sure enough, two eyes roughly carved on wood in the center of the piece slowly come into view, echoed by another...
Tags: World War II (1939-1945), Arts, Defense, Education, Henry Lee
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterFor some reason, I didn't think getting Botox would hurt. But I soon discovered that having a needle jabbed repeatedly into your forehead and around your eyes feels a lot like being stung by a swarm of wasps. "If you can't stand a little pain, you...
Tags: Botox (drug), Facial Wrinkles, Muscle, Plastic Surgeons, Surgery
If I'm going to write about Ben and Ione's wedding in Indiawhich was, let me just say from the start, intensely profound and beautifulthere's no way around it: I have to write about Amma. Amma was the whole reason we were there, after all. Ben first...
Tags: Building Material, Weddings, India, Rick Warren, Music Industry
In my mind's eye, I can see Ronald Reagan, wearing wings and a Stetson, perched on a cloud and watching all the goings-on down here in his old earthly home. Laughing, rolling his eyes and whacking his forehead over the absurdities he sees, he's watching...
When the nurses wheeled Ana Rodarte into the operating room at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, she was already dopey from the sedative she'd been given in pre-op. A heart monitor began to capture her drowsy rhythms. The anesthesiologist covered...
Tags: Children, Crimes, Death, The Ohio State University, Potatoes
Despite his entirely modern personal history -- including two divorces and a messy extramarital scandal with the woman who became his third wife -- there is something old-fashioned about Rudolph W. Giuliani. He almost always campaigns in a suit and tie,...
Everyone has a favorite David Sedaris piece. Mine, I don't mind saying, is the essay "Me Talk Pretty One Day," in the collection of the same name. Just like everyone else who claims to love Sedaris (we were unable to procure a single disgruntled reader...
Tags: Children, Book, Death, Apartments, Lauren Hutton
CamarilloBonner had insisted on sitting at the other end of the long dining table even though the distance was absurd for a personal conversation. This, he knew, wasn't a conversation -- it was a negotiation. He hadn't gotten to where he was without becoming very,...
Tags: Comedy (genre)
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