| Mar 20, 2011
Scholastic: 320 pp., $17.99, ages 13 and up
We All Fall Down
Little, Brown: 348 pp., $17.99, ages 15 and up
We live in a society filled with temptation, where drugs and alcohol are illegal...
| Aug 1, 2010
The searchers carved skid row into quadrants and advanced in small groups, aiming flashlights into the cold.
They moved between nylon tents and cardboard lean-tos in the Toy District, where junkies had stripped the streetlights and left whole blocks in...
| Aug 3, 2010
Bobby Livingston couldn't sleep. The indoor quiet was unnerving, the softness of his mattress all wrong. For weeks after moving into Room 216 at the Senator Hotel, he found comfort only on a hard tile floor that felt reassuringly like the pavement....
| Jan 16, 2011
We Have Met the Enemy
Self-Control in an Age of Excess
Penguin Press: 304 pp., $26.95
Daniel Akst borrowed his new book's title from "Pogo" creator Walt Kelly, whose "We have met the enemy and he is us" became a slogan marking the first...
| Aug 3, 2011
Jason Davis, a 25-year-old heroin addict and grandson of oil billionaire Marvin Davis, was the most shameless cast member on "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" last season, a distinction akin to being the nerdiest person at a "Star Trek" convention —...
| Aug 7, 2011
Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown: 560 pp., $27.99
Marcel Proust, the great author of memory, gets a swift kick in the pants in Dan Simmons' latest novel of an apocalyptic future, "Flashback." Remember all that stuff Proust...
| Jul 24, 2011
Marcel Proust, the great author of memory, gets a swift kick in the pants in Dan Simmons' latest novel of an apocalyptic future, "Flashback" (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown: 560 pp., $27.99). Remember all that stuff Proust wrote about memories returning to...
| Oct 6, 2009
Vaccines to help people recover from such addictions as nicotine, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines now appear scientifically and medically achievable after doctors reported Monday that a vaccine to treat cocaine dependence had produced a large...
| May 31, 2007
WELCOME TO the club, Lindsay. Hope you stay awhile this time.
Though it seems unbearably frivolous — this incessant celebrity hopping from bar to rehab and back — it's anything but. Life and death are at stake, and believe me, I know. I...
| Dec 4, 2007
It took decades for the Los Angeles Times to come to its current position on marijuana, supporting its medical use and advocating lenient enforcement and penalties for small-scale possession. Barring a 1914 editorial suggesting the legalization of opium...
| Aug 29, 2009
The celebrity disc jockey and Los Angeles club owner known as DJ AM was found dead in a New York City apartment Friday afternoon, his publicist Jenni Weinman said in a statement.
"The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. Out of respect for...