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  • Happy birthday, Aldous Huxley!

    Happy birthday, Aldous Huxley!

    "You shall know the truth," Aldous Huxley once said, "and the truth shall make you mad." You'd be hard-pressed to find a quote more emblematic of the late English author, who was born 122 years ago today. Best known for his dystopian novel "Brave New World," Huxley predicted some of the most frightening...

  • Michelle Obama chooses a custom Christian Siriano dress for her Democratic convention speech

    Michelle Obama chooses a custom Christian Siriano dress for her Democratic convention speech

    Michelle Obama went as low-key as Melania Trump had gone high-style, choosing to deliver her convention speech in a cobalt-blue silk crepe A-line dress with cap sleeves. The dress, custom-made by New York-based designer Christian Siriano, who shot to fame after winning the fourth season of “Project...

  • Amid outbreak, health officials want more gay men vaccinated for meningitis

    Amid outbreak, health officials want more gay men vaccinated for meningitis

    Health officials in Los Angeles and Orange counties are recommending that all gay and bisexual men receive meningitis vaccinations, amid an outbreak of the potentially fatal disease disproportionately affecting men who have sex with men.  Local health departments were previously recommending vaccinations...

  • For traditional fesenjoon and rosewater ice cream, head to Dizin Persian Cuisine in Reseda

    For traditional fesenjoon and rosewater ice cream, head to Dizin Persian Cuisine in Reseda

    Name of restaurant: Dizin Persian Cuisine – Dizin is one of the most popular ski resorts in Iran (hence the image of the snow-capped mountains on the logo). The owner, Kathy Roshanai, runs the kitchen and the accounts. Since it’s a family affair, you may see her husband, Kevin, drop in, still in...

  • 27 great ice cream recipes to keep you cool

    27 great ice cream recipes to keep you cool

    When you need to cool down, sometimes there’s nothing better than a cold bowl of ice cream. We’ve compiled 27 of our favorite ice cream recipes to help you chill out. Here are some highlights: BEER ICE CREAM: Now you can have your beer, and eat it too. This recipe requires only four ingredients...

  • Roger Ailes, Fox News ex-CEO, is writing an autobiography

    Roger Ailes, Fox News ex-CEO, is writing an autobiography

    Roger Ailes resigned as the chairman and CEO of Fox News last week, leading observers of politics and the media to speculate what his next move would be. Now there’s an answer: He’s writing his autobiography, according to CNN. CNN quoted an unnamed friend of Ailes as saying, “The book is a priority...

  • A rosé wine primer for beginners, experts and weirdos

    A rosé wine primer for beginners, experts and weirdos

    What is there to “know” about rosé wines? Grape juice, bled or blended or vinified pink, liberally applied on hot sunny days, made to chill, glug, repeat? Well, yes, that’s about it. Except that the market for rosé, once a trickle, is now a flood so massive it’s practically biblical. And just like...

  • North to Alaska in Dave Eggers' new 'Heroes of the Frontier'

    North to Alaska in Dave Eggers' new 'Heroes of the Frontier'

    Among his bestselling literary fiction peers, Dave Eggers alone is engaged in a sustained effort to write about contemporary America. He’s been going at it so regularly, and so swiftly, that he’s keeping pace with the times, if not getting a half-step ahead. Perhaps he knows what’s next for us:...

  • Crispy, golden, flavorful: That's Terrine's pickle-brined fried chicken. Here's the recipe.

    Crispy, golden, flavorful: That's Terrine's pickle-brined fried chicken. Here's the recipe.

    Done right, fried chicken is a beautiful thing. Unpretentious as this classic comfort food might be, there’s a definite art to it: a tender piece of meat, delicately seasoned and lightly dredged with a dusting of flour, then baptized in a pool of sizzling fat to crisp, golden perfection. And while...

  • Near the Tehachapi Mountains, a family farm looks to a future without GMOs

    Near the Tehachapi Mountains, a family farm looks to a future without GMOs

    Stand in a field of wheat — amid the undulating stalks of grain, the blue dome of the sky overhead — and it’s hard not to be moved by the landscape, like you’ve stumbled into a patriotic song, which of course you have. When you’re the farmer, the stanza runs a little differently. You still have...

  • Farmers market report: Figs are in season

    Farmers market report: Figs are in season

    What’s in season: The many varieties of figs can usually be divided into two classes: green and black. Here in California, black figs — including smaller Mission and larger, paler Brown Turkey — are most often eaten fresh, as they’re generally sweeter and have a more pronounced flavor. Green figs...

  • My nightmare Tinder date with a lingerie model

    My nightmare Tinder date with a lingerie model

    I began my dating app experience much later in life. (The foolish decision to buy a Windows phone set me back two years.) I was anxious to get started the moment I upgraded devices. The first and most obvious download was the infamous Tinder, renowned as a hook-up app but also responsible for significant...

  • A stretch to relieve your tension headache after a stupid day at work

    A stretch to relieve your tension headache after a stupid day at work

    You know that blinding tension headache you get after a long, annoying day at the office? Yoga Medicine founder Tiffany Cruikshank says this stretch “is a nice, quick fix.” What it does Activates a series of “trigger points” along the back of the neck that contribute to tension headaches. Also...

  • Q&A with Jade Sharma, author of the edgy debut 'Problems'

    Q&A with Jade Sharma, author of the edgy debut 'Problems'

    Jade Sharma is trying to break rules. Her debut novel, “Problems,” begins with all-consuming monotony: “Somewhere along the way there stopped being new days.” Maya, the narrator, is addicted to heroin, in a loveless marriage, having an affair with a guy who isn’t really interested in her and struggling...

  • Jonathan Gold reviews Lasa, a temporary Filipino restaurant with long-range ambitions

    Jonathan Gold reviews Lasa, a temporary Filipino restaurant with long-range ambitions

    We are here once again at the Far East Plaza, the modest Chinatown mall that is home to the recently reviewed Howlin’ Ray’s, Pok Pok Phat Thai and Chego, among other players in the current food movement. We are in Unit 120, the self-described restaurant incubator space, run by Alvin Cailan, whom...

  • Peter Copping exits Oscar de la Renta after less than two years as creative director

    Peter Copping exits Oscar de la Renta after less than two years as creative director

    Still shy of his two-year anniversary at Oscar de la Renta LLC, creative director Peter Copping exited the company abruptly Wednesday. Copping could not be reached immediately for comment. In a statement released by the company Wednesday night, the designer said, “After almost two years at Oscar...

  • Suburban alienation meets aliens in Margaret Wappler's 'Neon Green'

    Suburban alienation meets aliens in Margaret Wappler's 'Neon Green'

    Novels can be analyzed in all sorts of ways, but a few iron laws of interpretation apply. One: Every novel set in the suburbs must be a commentary on suburbia. No writer can imagine a leafy bedroom community without riffing on conformity, hypocrisy and upper-middle-class entitlement. Two: Every...

  • Where to find shaved ice and pastrami dumplings next weekend, plus a farmers market tour

    Where to find shaved ice and pastrami dumplings next weekend, plus a farmers market tour

    Like the sound of pastrami dumplings, gin cocktails and shaved ice? Open your calendar app and pay attention. Here are three food events you should known about:  The 7th annual L.A. LuckyRice grand feast is happening at Vibiana in downtown L.A. July 29. The event will highlight food from Thailand,...

  • You should really be making olive oil pancakes. Here's a recipe.

    You should really be making olive oil pancakes. Here's a recipe.

    Light and fluffy, with a slight buttermilk tang, what sets these pancakes apart is a touch of rich and fruity olive oil. In this recipe from chef Jose Andres, a good olive oil creates subtle, fragrant notes and chopped dark chocolate adds a touch of magic to every bite (doesn’t dark chocolate do...

  • Carolyn See's California, as told to Barbara Isenberg

    Carolyn See's California, as told to Barbara Isenberg

    The celebrated writer and teacher Carolyn See, who died in Santa Monica last week at 82, was born in Los Angeles and never really left home. She described raw silk as the flannel of the desert, and wrote evocatively of her home state in nearly all her books. For her, California was the repository...

  • H&M debuts Caitlyn Jenner ad campaign short film in advance of Rio Olympics

    H&M debuts Caitlyn Jenner ad campaign short film in advance of Rio Olympics

    Hennes & Mauritz has released a short film starring Caitlyn Jenner to mark the release of its For Every Victory sports collection in stores and online this week, just in time for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The nearly six-minute clip, titled “Caitlyn Jenner: My Life’s Greatest Victories,”...

  • Model Miranda Kerr engaged to Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel

    Model Miranda Kerr engaged to Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel

    Former Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr and Snapchat co-founder and chief exec Evan Spiegel are engaged, she confirmed Wednesday with a picture of her ring — posted on Instagram.  Ouch.  But never fear, she did dress up the blingy photo with a Snapchat-style filter showing Bitmoji versions...

  • Designers Rachel Roy and Melissa Odabash collaborate on new swimsuit

    Designers Rachel Roy and Melissa Odabash collaborate on new swimsuit

    Rachel Roy is teasing the launch of her upcoming swimwear line with a new swimsuit designed in collaboration with Melissa Odabash. The one-piece style is available now exclusively on Rachelroy.com for $369. “This is the first time I have done swimwear, though I’ve been wanting to do it for years,”...

  • Vanessa Seward raises curtain on first U.S. boutique in Los Angeles

    Vanessa Seward raises curtain on first U.S. boutique in Los Angeles

    Vanessa Seward stood at the bow of her Melrose Place boutique, asked to smile for a photograph in her new store. “That’s easy; I’m very happy today,” the designer said, grinning widely. Her first Vanessa Seward store in the U.S. opens Wednesday on a street that includes APC, Zimmermann, Isabel...

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  • 5 tips to keep your cellphone running smoothly

    5 tips to keep your cellphone running smoothly

    We all love the convenience of modern cellphones. They're so much more than just phones — they've become our cameras, calendars, mailboxes, entertainment consoles and internet browsers. But all those apps, photos, videos and games compete for a limited amount of room in which to operate. If you're...

  • The laundry IQ report (Infographic)

    Laundry can be confusing, that's why the Whirlpool Top Load Cabrio Washer and Dryer has intuitive "what" and "how" controls, to easily create customized cycles depending on the load type, size and drying times. The dryer's Advanced Moisture Sensing, which ends the cycle when clothes are perfectly...

  • Backpack season: 7 tips toward a comfortable pack

    Backpack season: 7 tips toward a comfortable pack

    Racks of colorful backpacks are hitting the shelves at retailers nationwide, reminding us it’s time for students of all ages to start picking out their school supply packs for the coming year. It’s tempting to simply let your child pick out the model emblazoned with his favorite superhero, but ergonomics...

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