| Jun 28, 2010
Put down that dragon tattoo girl. Stop catching up with Bree Tanner. You don't need any help from Kathryn Stockett. Forget about the latest from Scott Turow or David Mitchell or Charlaine Harris or Paul Auster or Rick Riordan or Stephen King. Novels are...
| Jul 9, 2011
My friend's phone call numbed me.
Twice in the last week, she said, she'd seen my mother sitting in a car in a neighborhood near her home. "Today she was there for more than two hours in the heat," she added.
My stomach churned.
Mom suffered from...
| Jul 13, 2011
In the summer of 2008, a wildfire burning in California's Los Padres National Forest swept down on Tassajara Hot Springs, a historic resort not far from Big Sur that was home to the first Zen Buddhist monastery in North America.
Little stood in the way...
| Jun 19, 2011
Missed appointments for the apocalypse, like the one in May, do more than give nonbelievers a chance to crack a joke. They create doubts in some of the faithful; after all, the world didn't end — but is there really somebody out there?
The same can...
| Jan 29, 2006
On a September day 4 1/2 years ago, nearly 1,100 ninth-graders — a little giddy, a little scared — arrived at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys. They were fifth-generation Americans and new arrivals, straight arrows and gangbangers,...
| Aug 26, 2008
Two weeks ago, news emerged that the co-founder of the website Manhunt.net had contributed $2,300 to the presidential campaign of John McCain. Uproar ensued.
Haven't heard of Manhunt?
Unless you're a gay man, that's to be expected. It's one of the...
| Nov 19, 2009
| 9:32 PM
It seems the recent decision by the University of California Board of Regents to increase student fees by 32% has caused not only a "students vs. regents" demonstration at UCLA's campus today, but also a "students vs. non-students" quarrel in......
| Apr 26, 2008
Jeff Sotzing remembers a Christmas party more than 30 years ago when he and his Uncle Johnny had a fateful chat.
"I had actually run into Johnny at a Christmas get-together and told him I was going to school studying videotape editing in Pasadena,"...
| May 11, 2008
Exiles: A Novel by Ron Hansen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 228 pp., $23)
THE GREAT Sicilian mystery writer Leonardo Sciascia once quipped, "A man who dies tragically is, at any moment of his life, a man who will die tragically." For the historical novelist,...
| Apr 12, 2009
For a visionary, Kurt Andersen is keeping it pretty low-key.
The writer is sitting quietly in blazer and jeans in front of a class at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. He's not just a visiting professor but the school's visionary in residence....
| Jan 21, 1989
LHASA, Tibet -- " Dalai Lama picture? Dalai Lama picture?" was the incessant request that foreign tourists visiting Tibetan monasteries in recent years heard from maroon-robed monks and nomadic yak-herder or peasant pilgrims.
But these days Tibetans no...