| Apr 16, 2011
| 5:03 PM
This may sound strange coming from a newspaper editor, but I had a hard time learning to read.
A teacher sent me to my elementary school's reading specialist, and after some individual instruction, I began reading well above grade level. In fact, I...
| Oct 21, 2010
The La Cañada Flintridge One City One Book committee held its 7th annual author event on Sunday, the rainy weather not being enough to deter readers and fans of this year's selected book: Alan Brennert's "Honolulu."
The event took place at the La Cañada...
| Nov 7, 2010
The Passages of H.M.
A Novel of Herman Melville
Doubleday: 454 pp., $26.95
"The time for me hasn't come yet: Some men are born posthumously," Nietzsche wrote in "Ecce Homo." It's a statement that might have provided comfort to Herman...
| Nov 27, 2010
American author Bill Barich, a resident of Ireland these past nine years, was rummaging through a local secondhand shop in the summer of 2008 when he stumbled across a "beat up old copy" of "Travels With Charley," John Steinbeck's late-in-life attempt...
| Apr 28, 2011
| 3:12 PM
Any educated scholar who has studied that journey knows that Bill Steigerwald simply hasn't enough facts to "debunk" that journey ("Sorry, Charley, Was Steinbeck's 'Travels with Charley' a fraud?" Reason magazine, April 2011").
For some reason the...
| May 3, 2011
| 10:39 PM
Gail Steinbeck's Mailbag entry is full of too many mistakes, wild assumptions and misrepresentations about me, my motives and my research/reporting habits to address all of them here ("Mailbag: Steinbeck's daughter-in-law says 'Travel' is true," April 30)...
| May 4, 2011
| 3:10 PM
| Jul 25, 2010
What Is This Thing Called Love?
St. Martin's: 160 pp., $19.99
"It was cold and raining at four in the morning when Buddy walked out of Caesars Palace, stark naked except for the L.A. Times wrapped around his waist." These sweet,...
| Jan 3, 2011
| 10:00 PM
John Steinbeck look out. Some metro second-graders are well on their way to becoming accomplished authors.
Reading and writing are part of every second grade curriculum. But teacher Marcia Marsh took her class to a whole new level. Her second-...
| Jan 14, 2011
| 3:06 PM
When Isabel Wilkerson thought of writing about the Great Migration, the movement of the 6 million black Americans who left the Jim Crow South for the North and West between World War I and the 1970s, one of the first places she headed was Chicago's...
| Feb 9, 2011
| 2:52 PM
If I've learned anything in the 11 years my family and I have lived in Huntington Beach, it's that you never know who you'll run into in Huntington Beach.
Take, for example, the man I sat with recently. He sat on a couch thumbing through a photo album....