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  • 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:...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Meet the Peaches' country fried steak sandwich, a.k.a. your new food crush

    Meet the Peaches' country fried steak sandwich, a.k.a. your new food crush

    This city is currently experiencing an obsession with fried chicken. If we’re being specific, it’s actually an intense love affair with fried chicken sandwiches — larger-than-life, can’t-quite-fit-my-mouth-around towers of crispy fried chicken thighs, pickle chips and mayonnaise on golden, fluffy...

  • PEN America launches $75,000 book prize, one of the country's biggest

    PEN America launches $75,000 book prize, one of the country's biggest

    Writers have something new to aspire to: the $75,000 book prize announced Wednesday by PEN America, the literary nonprofit based in New York. The $75,000 award is named for Jean Stein, the Los Angeles-born author and oral historian. Each year beginning in 2017, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award will...

  • Live discussion: It’s lunchtime with Jonathan Gold

    Live discussion: It’s lunchtime with Jonathan Gold

    Have a craving for Caribbean food? Need a recommendation for sushi? Want to know where to find the best tacos in the city? Need more dining questions answered? Jonathan Gold is your man. Come back here at noon today for a live chat with him. You can ask your question via Twitter using #AskJGold,...

  • How to make a quick and easy grilled romaine salad

    How to make a quick and easy grilled romaine salad

    Fix a simple weekday dinner outdoors tonight with this grilled romaine recipe from former Food columnist Russ Parsons. Crunchy romaine lettuce hearts are brushed with a quick Caesar-like dressing combining anchovies with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, then charred over a hot grill for a couple...

  • What you should be eating at the Orange County fair: Nutella, 'Game of Thrones'-inspired hot dogs

    What you should be eating at the Orange County fair: Nutella, 'Game of Thrones'-inspired hot dogs

    The Orange County fair opened Friday in Costa Mesa, and its new food additions have already taught us several lessons: You can fry anything if you set your mind to it, fusion knows no bounds and bacon belongs on everything. Here are several of the newest additions to the fair’s food scene: If you’re...

  • My teen is off to tennis camp this summer. What to pack for the puppy-man?

    My teen is off to tennis camp this summer. What to pack for the puppy-man?

    At night, we’ve started experimenting with keeping our youngest son in a crate. He’s 13, and in the early stages of a rough pubescence — is that redundant? Aren’t all pubescences rough? Like hurricanes and root canals, aren’t they all a little harrowing? So we’ve turned to the puppy crate instead....

  • They ripped out their 3,500-square-foot lawn and created a magical 'Rancho Relaxo'

    They ripped out their 3,500-square-foot lawn and created a magical 'Rancho Relaxo'

    In our latest lawn-to-drought-garden makeover submission from readers, two gardening novices in Santa Ana share how they transformed 3,500 square feet of grass into what they now call “Rancho Relaxo”:    Chela Bañuelos acknowledges that if not for the SoCal WaterSmart Turf Removal Program rebate...

  • Holly Robinson Peete launches a womenswear line for busy, casual moms

    Holly Robinson Peete launches a womenswear line for busy, casual moms

    An actress, author, fundraiser, wife and mother, Holly Robinson Peete has now added fashion designer to her list of accomplishments. We caught up with the busy mom and star of the Oprah Winfrey Network reality show “For Peete’s Sake” and talked about fashion during her HollyRod Foundation’s July...

  • Melania Trump delivers her convention speech in a dress by London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic

    Melania Trump delivers her convention speech in a dress by London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic

    To deliver the keynote speech at the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Melania Trump — wife of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump — went with a white, pouf-sleeved dress that, according to fashion industry trade paper WWD, was made by London-based and Serbian-born designer...

  • A lesson in plagiarism for Melania Trump

    A lesson in plagiarism for Melania Trump

    After Melania Trump gave the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night, charges of plagiarism swiftly followed. Several sentences of her speech hewed closely to the speech given by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. It’s still to be determined whether...

  • Baran's 2239, where everything is family-style and dessert comes with beer

    Baran's 2239, where everything is family-style and dessert comes with beer

    Name of Restaurant: Baran’s 2239. Owners and brothers Jonathan and Jason Baran opened the restaurant in mid-March in Hermosa Beach. Back in 1937, the Baran family opened Brotherton’s Farmhouse on 2239 Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. The restaurant served fried chicken and biscuits for more than 50...

  • Treat yourself with this brown sugar shortbread recipe

    Treat yourself with this brown sugar shortbread recipe

    When you’re making cookies, it doesn’t get much easier than shortbread.  A basic combination of butter, sugar, flour and salt baked to crumbly richness, shortbread bakes in minutes. This version, made with brown sugar, has caramel and molasses notes. The recipe makes enough for two pans’ worth...

  • Think you know coffee? Find out at this new coffee training center in Silver Lake

    Think you know coffee? Find out at this new coffee training center in Silver Lake

    North Carolina-based Counter Culture Coffee, which began 21 years ago and helped pioneer the direct-trade movement, has opened a training center in Silver Lake. Essentially a schoolhouse for coffee for its wholesale partners, with weekly coffee tastings and other events for the public as well,...

  • Gorgeous, sustainable furniture

    Gorgeous, sustainable furniture

    Out of devastation came creation.  Fierce Santa Ana winds shocked Los Angeles County, shredding roofs, downing power lines and leaving thousands of trees felled on the night of Nov. 30, 2011, and causing more than $40 million in damage.  The gale-force winds left heaps of natural detritus in its...

  • This guest cottage feels like a lofty, secluded cabin — right outside DTLA

    This guest cottage feels like a lofty, secluded cabin — right outside DTLA

    When architects Bo Sundius and Hisako Ichiki decided to build a guest cottage on their property in Elysian Park, they wanted the scale of a loft but the feel of a cabin. “We knew it would be a small space,” says Ichiki, “but we wanted to make it feel as big as possible while remaining warm.”  The...

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  • Know the symptoms of 'Stank Face'

    Attention: If you own a cat, you could be unknowingly exposing friends and family to the embarrassing condition of Stank Face. You know, the universal expression of disgust often caused by litter box odor. Luckily, experts have now determined the primary cause of this controversial ailment; inferior...

  • Creative ways to take your raised bed and planter gardening to new heights

    Creative ways to take your raised bed and planter gardening to new heights

    Generations of space-challenged gardeners have relied on raised beds and planting boxes to grow a harvest of vegetables, fruits and herbs — even in the tightest spaces. Vertical gardening gave us a whole new way to garden in tight spots, by encouraging plants to grow up, rather than spread out....

  • 5 gigs that will help you pay for college

    5 gigs that will help you pay for college

    Let’s face it — college is expensive. Whether you’re still in school trying to pay for textbooks and housing, a professional facing your student loans or a parent saving for your child’s future tuition, the cost of an education can result in debt that looms for decades. More people are finding...

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