| Jun 20, 2010
Few plays have affected me as viscerally as "Angels in America." I can still recall my state of mind in the theater, having traveled to New York from New Haven, where I was in graduate school, to see both parts ("Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika")...
| Dec 15, 2010
Karen Sortito, a movie-marketing executive best known for groundbreaking product tie-ins to James Bond films in the 1990s, has died. She was 49.
Sortito died Monday of cancer at her New York City home, said her friend Terry Curtin, co-president of...
| Jul 25, 2010
In 1978, Lewis Spratlan wrote an opera but couldn't get it staged. In 2000, he won the Pulitzer Prize for the second act of that opera in concert version but still couldn't get it staged. This summer, "Life Is a Dream" finally will get its world...
| Jul 14, 2011
Roberts Blossom, a veteran character actor who played the old, white-bearded next-door neighbor who befriends young Macaulay Culkin in the hit movie "Home Alone," has died. He was 87.
Blossom died Friday of natural causes at a nursing home in Santa...
| Jul 24, 2011
At the top of the mountain, where an attendant will take your $46 ticket, foot traffic is steady and cellphone reception is excellent.
At the bottom of the same mountain, the town teems with pizzerias, tourists chatter in half a dozen languages and a...
| Jan 25, 2010
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Endless Liquor Flow Many years ago the mails were cluttered with a nuisance chain letter called the Good Luck of London. It was an anonymous, loosely written but harmless bit of nonsense vaguely promising riches to recipients who quickly made six copies...
| Apr 12, 2009
This is going to date me, but it's true: When I was young, most black ladies wore hats to church. Easter was the true beginning of spring, the day when hats in spring colors blossomed throughout the congregation: yellow, peach, mint, lilac, pink. Even...
| Nov 19, 2007
What is it about artificial sweeteners?
As never before, they pervade the American diet -- in pink, yellow and blue packets on diner counters, in sugar-free cookies and diet juices, in sodas and smoothies and low-calorie yogurt and boxes of powder for...
| Mar 6, 2008
In his Feb. 26 , Jonah Goldberg provides us with textbook examples of the logical fallacies employed to such good effect by Joseph McCarthy and his minions in the 1950s. I thought we had driven a stake through the heart of McCarthyism, and that Red-...
| Apr 24, 2009
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in one of several cases about race that it will decide this term. The issue the court will consider in Ricci vs. DeStefano is whether a city fire department's decision to abandon its reliance on a...
| Apr 24, 2009
Rankled by raises
Re “State pay hikes are withdrawn,” April 23
It is becoming more clear each day in California that politicians care only about themselves. It's also nice to know that after the news leaked about the pay raises, Assembly...