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Chris Erskine

Chris Erskine is a nationally known humor columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times. He writes for the Sports, Travel and Saturday sections and edits on the paper’s Features staff. As an editor, he has been a part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Times (for his graphics work on the Northridge quake and the North Hollywood bank robbery). He is best known to readers for his weekly humor pieces on life in suburban Los Angeles. His latest book, “Daditude,” released in 2018, is a collection of his favorite Times columns on fatherhood. He has written two other books, “Man of the House” and “Surviving Suburbia,” which reached the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. The Chicago native has also worked for papers in New Orleans and Miami.
  • The Middle Ages
When the cousins come to town, we sprint to the surf, laugh at the heat

As you well know, it’s been a brutal July so far. So we take our summer visitors to the sea. "The cure is salt water," a writer once said. Turns out she was right.

  • The Middle Ages
A toast to New Orleans, the place it all began for us

Three hundred years ago, New Orleans was founded on arranged marriages and broken promises. It shouldn’t probably exist at all. It burns down. It floods. In summer months, it stews in its own juices. I kind of like it.

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