| Apr 23, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Thursday night, Gustavo Dudamel conducted Leonard Bernsteinâs âAge of Anxietyâ Symphony without undo angst at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The happiest conductor in America has come home. When Dudamel took over the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the end...
| Apr 26, 2009
The reading list for my college core course at UC Santa Cruz in the early 1970s included a book by a young Uruguayan author, Eduardo Galeano, called "Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent." The book, which excoriated...
| Oct 1, 2009
| 2:31 PM
As the tram moves up the steep tracks of Artilleria Hill, I catch glimpses of Valparaiso and its port below. The ride is a mere 5 minutes, and at the top we emerge on a promenade lifted from the late 19th century. It has cobblestones, blossoming trees and...
| Dec 19, 2004
He told them about himself, how he had been like them. "I can help you," he said, "I can help you."
One slept. Others stared, bored.
He had planned today's class carefully: His students would relate to him. They would ask his advice about college....