| Dec 28, 2009
| 4:33 PM
The messages of love aren't just carved in stone at Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park. This time of year, they're embellished in bold splashes of red and green. For nearly five weeks every Christmas and Hanukkah season, this final resting......
| Jun 13, 2010
Francesca Lia Block's quintessentially Los Angeles spirit animates her fictional worlds, where incongruous things coexist and love bridges the most impossible chasms. Pearls and mosh pits. Fairies and soldiers. "House of Dolls" (HarperCollins: $15.99,...
| Dec 19, 2009
Ask open-ended questions that will stimulate narrative responses rather than yes-no answers. Many oral historians suggest doing interviews chronologically: Tell me about your first memory, about growing up, going to school, getting your first job.
| Dec 19, 2009
A friend of mine lost his job last year and hasn't found another. But he recently splurged, spending hundreds of dollars on a video camera.
Why? His mom celebrated her 88th birthday, and although she's healthy, he worries about how long that will last....
| Dec 23, 2009
Believe it or not, there are some thirsty souls in this world who take in the strings of colored lights, the dangling snowflakes and overdressed fir trees and do not think of Christmas morning. They hear the strains of "Good King Wenceslas" or "The...
| Dec 23, 2010
It's become a tradition at the L.A. Times Food section: Every year we run a Christmas essay by a noted Southern California writer reflecting the unique nature of the way we celebrate the holidays. This year's is by novelist Michelle Huneven, whose books...
| Nov 25, 2010
There'll be no potato latkes on my Hanukkah table this year. Yes, I know they're traditional — my mother made them every Hanukkah when I was growing up. I've also prepared them for my children in years gone by, along with sufganiyot, an...
| Dec 10, 2010
✭✭ Various artists, "Christmas From the Blue Note" (Blue Note). This mixed-bag compilation too often sacrifices coherence for novelty and hipness. Self-conscious modernism subverts "Deck the Halls" by singer Kate Davis and saxophonist George...
| Dec 14, 2010
| 11:17 AM
This year's bountyof new holiday releases offers thoughts of the season from a slew of musicians, including a pair of singers who've officially "Got Talent," an "American Idol" alumnus, a neo-rockabilly hipster, a former member of an influential British...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 2:28 PM
Sure, New York City is home to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza, the Rockettes and, well, snow, but that doesn’t mean it has a monopoly on holiday magic. In fact, with a little planning, a trip to Las...
| Dec 4, 2011
Awkward Family Pet Photos
Mike Bender and Doug Chernack
Three Rivers Press, $15, paper
The guys who brought us "Awkward Family Photos" are back with an edition devoted to cruel and unusual punishment to animals. Sort of. It's not that we don't love our...