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  • 'The Death and Life of the Great American School System' by Diane Ravitch

    'The Death and Life of the Great American School System' by Diane Ravitch
    The Death and Life of the Great American School System How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education Diane Ravitch Basic Books: 284 pp., $26.95 Diane Ravitch, probably this nation's most respected historian of education and long one of our most...

    Planning the next L.A.

     
    The late urban planning legend Jane Jacobs was skeptical of Los Angeles because it violated one of her central tenets: that a city be made of vibrant neighborhoods linked by public transportation. Our lovely sprawl is stocked with colorful neighborhoods,....

    Theater review: 'The Wake' at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

     
    Huffington Post, meet Ellen, the liberal protagonist of Lisa Kron’s “The Wake.” If ever there was a character in need of a blog it’s this one, a freelance intellectual so obsessed with her own political musings she can’t stand to...

    Reading L.A.: Introducing a yearlong project

     
    Los Angeles, with its car-dominated landscape and unusually dense brand of sprawl, can be a slippery place to get a handle on. As the architect Charles Moore put it in the introduction to "The City Observed: Los Angeles," the 1984...