Los Angeles Times

Chris Erskine

Columnist

Chris Erskine is a humor columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times. He writes for the Sports, Travel and Saturday sections and does occasional duty on the Travel editing staff. He first earned a following with his pieces on family life in Los Angeles. In a similar vein, he has written two books, “Man of the House” and “Surviving Suburbia,” each of which reached the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. The Chicago native is considered an expert on bratwurst, baseball and custards of the world.

Recent Articles

  • A free vacation? Sure, Dad, let me see what works for my boyfriend

    A free vacation? Sure, Dad, let me see what works for my boyfriend

    It’s late August and the dog needs a bath. Actually, he needs three baths. After his third bath, he needs to be rolled in powdered sugar. He’d still stink, but at least he’d be edible. It’s late August, and I’m examining my young son's feet for signs of a summer well spent. There are calluses and...

  • New TV show 'Pitch' throws too many cliches at viewers

    New TV show 'Pitch' throws too many cliches at viewers

    Avalanche warning: You will soon by buried in ads about this new TV show “Pitch,” an audacious drama about the first female pitcher in the major leagues. It debuts Sept. 22 on Fox, just in time for the playoffs, just in time for the network to bludgeon us with promos until we scream “uncle.” Or...

  • Hello? Adele? I want you to meet my 'little brother'...

    Hello? Adele? I want you to meet my 'little brother'...

    I used to write with music playing in the background till I realized the rhythms were interfering with my work. Like music, writing relies on attractive cadences. Seems to me that my favorite writers have a bit of bossa nova in their fingertips. Me, I hear drum lines in my head and giant cymbals...

  • The in-your-face magic of MMA and a changing American Dream

    The in-your-face magic of MMA and a changing American Dream

    As with church, gyms are where salvation starts. “Slow on the uptake, with a troubling inability to focus.” That’s what my teachers used to always say. Bosses too. But I have learned one thing along the way: A sweaty workout — five or six days a week — makes you more robust, more confident, and...

  • So you want to raise a pro athlete? Mr. and Mrs. Thompson have some tips

    So you want to raise a pro athlete? Mr. and Mrs. Thompson have some tips

    Nature vs. nurture. Bloodlines vs. batting coaches. God vs. god complexes. In short, are elite athletes born or are they made? For one, Mychal Thompson says you have to let it happen. He guided. He encouraged. Now the former “Showtime” Laker, and father to three pro athletes, has become a West...

  • Compared to parenthood, dropping my daughter off at LAX is a breeze. So long, kid

    Compared to parenthood, dropping my daughter off at LAX is a breeze. So long, kid

    This will probably go down as the summer of enlightened parenting. First we tried the anti-puberty wall paint, which didn’t work so well and gummed up all our best brushes. Next we started keeping our teenager in a doggy crate at night, which is working very well. Behaviorly, he has made great...

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