The president’s once-wayward eldest son embraces his new role in business and politics on his terms.
He never quite got over a string of setbacks. One was his failure to be granted tenure at the University of Chicago in 1973, though he had taught there for a decade and been widely published. He attributed the rejection at least in part to prejudice against a Catholic priest; others said it had more to do with his cantankerous nature.
Google Doodle celebrates Frank Zamboni's ice-resurfacing machine
Los Angeles Times
Frank Zamboni, the man who invented the hypnotic Zamboni ice resurfacing machine, was honored Wednesday with a playable Google Doodle. It would have been his 112th birthday. Zamboni invented his ice-resurfacing machine back in the 1940s, after ...
“Style,” Vidal once said, “is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” By that definition, he was an emperor of style, sophisticated and cantankerous in his prophesies of America’s fate and refusal to let others define him.
But Mr Jobs was one of a handful of pioneers who saw what was coming. Crucially, he also had an unusual knack for looking at computers from the outside, as a user, not just from the inside, as an engineer—something he attributed to the experiences of his wayward youth.
《中英對照讀新聞》Movie director Robert Altman finally gets his Oscar 電影導演勞勃．阿特曼終獲奧斯卡 ◎ 鄭寺音2006/1/21
Maverick movie director Robert Altman is to receive his first Oscar, an honorary award saluting his 55-year career.
The 80-year-old writer and filmmaker has directed 86 films, including such classics as the Korean War drama "M*A*S*H," as well as "The Player" -- which pokes fun at Tinseltown -- "Short Cuts" and "Gosford Park."
But despite keeping Hollywood at arms length for decades, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, has voted to present him with an honorary award on March 5.
Famed for his eclectic work, fierce cinematic independence and his often-cynical social and political eye, Altman has been responsible for a staggering variety of films.
"My films may not satisfy a mass audience, but they were never made to do that," the director, who has produced 39 and written 37 of his 86 films, once told an interviewer.
poke fun at︰ 戲弄、嘲弄。The children often poke fun at him because of his stammer. （孩子們常譏笑他有口吃）。
keep （somebody） at arms length ︰疏遠，保持距離。
eclectic adjective FORMAL
Methods, beliefs, ideas, etc. that are eclectic, combine whatever seem the best or most useful things from many different areas or systems, rather than following a single system:
an eclectic style/approach
an eclectic taste in literature
very shocking and surprising:
It costs a staggering $50 000 per week to keep the museum open to the public.
Obituary: Robert Altman
Colourful, maverick film-maker who refused to toe the studio line.
Tuesday November 21, 2006
Robert Altman: made the impossible look easy
Success in Hollywood came late to Robert Altman, and by the time he became a celebrity at 45, it seemed he had already settled into the role that suited him - the grand old man, cantankerous and wayward. He was compared to Fellini, as a creator of a cinematic world entirely his own, to Welles and to Stroheim. Like the latter two, he knew spectacular decline after glory, but unlike them, had a journeyman's pragmatism that allowed him to carry on, and more than once to resurface triumphantly.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
toe (OBEY) verb
toe the line to do what you are ordered or expected to do:
Ministers who wouldn't toe the party line were swiftly got rid of.
arguing and complaining a lot:
He's getting a bit cantankerous in his old age.
wayward adjective OLD-FASHIONED
(especially of a person's behaviour) changeable, selfish and difficult to control
1 to rise to the surface of the water again:
When the divers did not resurface after an hour, three crew members dived down to look for them.
2 to appear again after being lost, stolen or absent:
Please contact me if any of the stolen paintings resurface.
Jill resurfaced last week, after spending the past few months doing research in the library.
3 If a memory resurfaces, you remember it again after you had forgotten about it:
Memories of his childhood resurfaced when he saw the photographs.
v. re·sur·faced, re·sur·fac·ing, re·sur·fac·es
To cover with a new surface: resurfacing a road; resurfaced the floor.
To come to the surface again; reappear: The rumor has resurfaced.