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Like a lot of kids in the summer of 1972, I was riveted by a strange spectacle unfolding in Iceland: a chess match between Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer, the mercurial young American. The games weren't televised -- Fischer...
Tags: Judaism, Politics, Bobby Fischer, Censorship, Crimes
The equinox is past, the shadows have lengthened, and apples, pears, winter greens and mushrooms are filling the markets. It's the time of year when you remember that you possess a working oven in which to roast birds and gratins and root vegetables....
If you're still looking for a "big" novel to carry into the summer holidays — one in which you can lose yourself without the guilty suspicion that you're slumming — then Julie Orringer's "The Invisible Bridge" is the book you want. It has...
Restaurant CriticBrentwood is rife with Italian restaurants opened by Italian waiters who used to work somewhere else. Kiss. Kiss. Ciao. Add in a copycat menu of L.A. Italian dishes, preferably Tuscan-inspired, a celebrity or two disguised in scruffy attire: success, even...
Tags: Italy, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Road Transportation, Lemons
We make fun of Nostradamus and numerologists, but give editors an anniversary and the floodgates open. We're anniversary-ologists, as USA Today might say. Unfortunately, trying to take the pulse of what happened in Eastern Europe in 1989 is more complex...
Tags: Breads, David Hume, China, Politics, Berlin (Germany)
William "Bill" Basch, a retired Los Angeles garment industry executive who was one of the Holocaust survivors whose stories were told in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Last Days," has died. He was 82. Basch died of age-related causes Monday at his...
Money & CompanyTempering fears about Hungary. Hungarian officials tried to dial down the fears about its economy after some ill-timed comments last week by a few political leaders sent markets reeling. China lashes out at Goldman. State-controlled newspapers in China...
Culture MonsterOne fascinating fact about the restitution lawsuit filed in U.S. courts this week by the heirs of Jewish art collector MÃ³r LipÃ³t Herzog, who are seeking the return of over 40 artworks they've identified as looted during World War II,......
Special to The TimesEvery time my husband, Kevin, and I visit the Napa Valley, we leave with a newfound appreciation for the local arts: the art of wine making, the art of wine country cuisine, the art of wine-and-food pairing. With so many temptations, we've never put...
Tags: Austria, Music, Arts, Viniculture, Horse (animal)
IT'S ONE OF HOLLYWOOD'S FAVORITE TROPES: A cynical politician becomes weary of his own platitudes, startles the world by confessing his lies and is then rewarded with a popular groundswell of support for speaking the truth. From the Depression-era...
Tags: Death, Politics, Government, White House, Budapest (Hungary)
ANDRáS B. GöLLNER is an emeritus professor at Montreal's Concordia University and professor of communications and media studies at the Budapest Business School.IN OCTOBER 1956, Hungarians won the admiration of the world for their heroic rebellion against a ruthless, Soviet-imposed regime. Fifty years later, Hungarians are bracing themselves for a different type of revolution. The target this time is not an...
Tags: Adolf Hitler, Politics, Riots, Budapest (Hungary), Democracy
Times Staff WritersThe two women first crossed paths during the spandex-era fitness craze that peaked in the 1980s, in a chance encounter at a West Los Angeles health spa, people who know them say. Neither made friends easily, but Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt had...
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