| Mar 11, 2013
| 10:10 PM
I let Black History Month slide by this year without writing anything about it. I am so over celebrating firsts or reprising triumphal narratives.
But news from last month did suggest that we may need a black history lesson — one that goes...
| Nov 3, 2012
She seemed embarrassed to tell me that she's voting for Mitt Romney, as if the admission might suggest that she'd been hiding racist leanings during our long friendship.
Four years ago, she voted for Barack Obama and made sure then that I knew it. She...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 10:14 AM
Joyce D. Miller, who rose from an assembly line job to the top ranks of American labor as the first woman on the AFL-CIO executive council, died June 30 in Washington. She was 84.
The cause was a stroke, said her daughter, Rebecca Miller.
| Sep 30, 2012
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 498 pp., $30.00
Halfway through reading Paul Elie's "Reinventing Bach," I suddenly got dizzy. An earthquake? All-purpose angst? Or could it be that Bach...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 7:22 PM
Newhall Ranch Project: Environmentalists and cultural heritage preservationists are claiming victory in the decision of a Los Angeles Superior Court to order the California Department of Fish and Game to redo pertinent studies connected to the proposed...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 4:39 PM
She's selling out concerts and inspiring fervent devotion, but Japan’s Hatsune Miku is virtually a star...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Jackie Robinson changed baseball and the nation that loves it on April 15, 1947, when he became the first black player to walk onto a major league ball field. He changed Carl Erskine's life in March 1948, when Robinson, by then a Brooklyn Dodgers star,...
| Feb 17, 2013
| 12:22 PM
Former site of internment camp considered for historical status...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 9:37 PM
The Beijing International Film Festival sees visits from Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye in "The Avengers," which was screened) and James Cameron (whose "Titanic 3D" is doing well in China)....
| Nov 5, 2012
| 11:23 PM
What’s more irresistible to China's propaganda machine than an American reporter in a red hard hat? An American reporter in a Peking opera costume. These were among the hard journalistic lessons learned on a weekend bus tour arranged by the media...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 7:22 AM
A new national survey of nonprofit executives suggests it isn’t just the uncertain economy that’s making it hard for charities – including arts and culture groups – to meet their fundraising goals. The research says there’s...