May 22, 2016
The Noise of Time By Julian Barnes Knopf. 224 pp. $25.95 Reviewed By Jim Higgins In Julian Barnes' new novel, Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich considers the two types of composers in the Soviet Union: dead ones and frightened ones. Call Shostakovich one of the latter. His music is played around the world, but he also stands by the elevator in his fifth-floor apartment many nights, a valise packed with his favorite cigarettes, in case he is arrested by the NKVD.
May 14, 2016 |
Question: My family is very lucky to live in a big house with a big front porch, backyard, and second-floor back porch. My preteen daughter especially loves that back porch. In the summer, she spends whole days out there, listening to the radio and yakking on her cellphone. This is great for the rest of the family - she is not bothering her brothers and sisters, or nagging me to drive her to the movies. And my daughter is happy. My neighbors (behind us) tell me that the way the porch is built, it acts as a huge megaphone or band shell.
April 10, 2016 |
2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4x4 Double Cab: Midsize hauler? Price: $38,290 as tested ($33,730 for base TRD Sport 4x4 Double Cab; the Tacoma starts at $23,330, for one row of seats and rear-wheel drive). Marketer's pitch: "Built for the endless weekend. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked "the Refined V6 engine with available manual transmission; excellent off-road ability; responsive touchscreen interface; extensive list of options; peerless resale value" but not the "low driver seat with no height adjustment; steering wheel's minimal telescoping range; unimpressive V6 acceleration times.
March 19, 2016 |
Q: Please help! I've read in some of your other articles about how great dimmers are, so my boyfriend installed them in our dining room and bedroom. I love the dimmed light but can't stand the high humming sound. Is there something wrong, or is this the way they're supposed to be? My boyfriend can't hear it, so of course he thinks I'm imagining things. - C.M. A: You are not imagining anything! Sometimes dimmers do create a high-pitched buzzing noise. If you can hear it, the noise certainly kills the romantic and calming effect the dimmed light is supposed to create.
March 19, 2016 |
SPOKANE, Wash. - The St Joseph's Hawks practiced Thursday afternoon in "Bigfoot Country," at Spokane Community College. (There's an actual stuffed rendering of Bigfoot out in the lobby.) An administrator wanted to put up Do Not Disturb signs outside the gym. "Don't bother," Hawks coach Phil Martelli told her, knowing there would be more noise going out the door than coming in. Preparing for Friday night's NCAA West Regional first-round matchup with Cincinnati, loud basketball talk filled the little gym, even during stretching.
February 29, 2016 |
Certain forms of artistic expression seem almost intentionally off-putting. That's fine of course. There must be space for art where mass appeal is not the goal, where the creator hopes to break through to something different, something new. For the average consumer immersed in the culture that the rebel is striving to tear down, it can be a deeply unpleasant experience. Imagine how abrasive the Sex Pistols seemed to the disco-attuned ears of the 1970s. Today it is hard to imagine what the fuss was about.
February 27, 2016 |
Marine mortar training could rattle the area around Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Sunday. The base said the live fire drill using 81 mm mortars by the Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines is slated to take place between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. "During this time, the joint base community and residents of the surrounding areas may experience light ground shaking and moderate noise coming from the ranges," the base said in its public advisory....
January 18, 2016 |
MARQUITA FRISBY put too much pressure on herself to do everything perfectly until she started going to Girls Rock Philly in Fishtown, where she learned guitar, drums, keyboards, bass, and, most important, how to chill. While the nonprofit after-school program on Frankford Avenue near Norris Street teaches girls how to play an instrument and be in a band, it also creates a judgment-free zone that nurtures self-confidence. "I used to be, like, a huge perfectionist," Frisby said.
October 10, 2015 |
The thoughts of Penn State's offensive performance this season from fans and detractors alike, in emails and on social media, have not been very complimentary. The coaching staff and junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg have been under fire. Ricky Rahne, the Nittany Lions quarterbacks coach who spends more time with Hackenberg than anyone else on James Franklin's staff, hears the noise. He reads the criticism on Twitter and Facebook, two social media sites he says he would not be a part of "if we didn't have recruiting.
September 25, 2015 |
THE MAN'S VOICE comes out of the darkness at the corner of Kensington and Allegheny: "You're dead! You're dead!" This is the congregation of the Rev. William Murphy, and from a distance, I can hear the wheels of his small, black, rolling luggage, filled with Pop-Tarts and juice. It's for the Saturday morning Pop-Tart Prayer Walk he has participated in since he and the Rev. Joseph Devlin opened Mother of Mercy House in an old bar. With him is Sam Lufi, a young father who lives nearby.