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I'm in my traditional Cupidian buying frenzy leading up to Valentine's Day, my major organs bursting with good intentions, not knowing quite where to turn, getting a little angry about it actually — the frustrations of unbridled romance, bordering...
Tribune NewspapersP.J. O'Rourke has written so many books of humor that no one is quite sure how many. I have it on good authority that it's 15, but since I finished writing this sentence, he may have written yet another. That's how fast he is. I've enjoyed O'Rourke's...
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Jacket CopyJames M. Cain's lengthy essay "Paradise" is reprinted this week. We also include some faces to watch in 2012...
Who the heck would want to be like Betty or her ad man ex, Don? That's what I asked myself recently when I passed a Banana Republic window display featuring the retailer's new "Mad Men"-inspired clothing collection. "Are you a Betty?" read a poster with...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesClarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned John A. Farrell Doubleday: 400 pp., $32.50 For five stormy, pivotal decades, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was a towering figure in U.S. jurisprudence and politics. He served as defense lawyer for the people...
Opinion L.A.Age doesn’t define us the way it did for baby boomers, wrote Alene Dawson in a recent Image feature about Gen Xers now rounding 40. Thanks in part to progress made by boomers -- especially the activists among them who......
Opinion L.A.Michele Bachmann, my political soul sister! I've been saying for weeks that Democrats are missing a huge opportunity if they don't make these six words the centerpiece of their economic campaign: "Bring back the Reagan tax rates." And now I......
Jacket CopyKingsley Tufts smoked a pipe and wrote poetry about martinis. His widow sold their house to establish a $100,000 poetry award in his name....
The Big PictureIn the middle of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” Owen Wilson’s character finds himself mysteriously transported to the Paris of the 1920s, which is populated with a host of cultural icons, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott...
The Daily MirrorSince March, when I examined Louis Adamic’s “The Truth About Los Angeles,” I have been hunting the other pamphlets he wrote for E. Haldeman-Julius. A box of a dozen musty tracts arrived Friday, courtesy of EBay, and I immediately dug.......
Company TownAfter the coffee. Before pretending to be excited about going back to work. The Skinny. I went into "Hangover II" not expecting much and I wasn't disappointed. I walked out after about an hour. My rule is: You may steal......
Book review: 'At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing,' edited by George Kimball and John SchulianSpecial to the Los Angeles TimesAt the Fights American Writers on Boxing Edited by George Kimball & John Schulian Library of America: 517 pp., $35 Part freak show, part sitcom, part mortal combat — ah, yes, behold the world of professional prizefighting, the face-break...
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