| Jan 3, 2014
| 4:30 PM
There are certain passages in much loved and much read and re-read books that have the power to show us how much we have changed while they've remained the same.
It's a bit like paying a visit to the town you're from for the first time in years. All is...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 5:30 AM
The ways in which parking spaces devour a city, LACMA director Michael Govan's defense of his museum's architectural plans and one of the awesome-est documentaries about L.A. — finally released on DVD! Also: pit bulls, lots of pit bulls (but not the...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 8:52 PM
This has been the summer of staying home, with nothing much to do.
I used to look forward to family vacations with my daughters, whether we were schlepping to Ohio to visit relatives or lounging on a beach in Jamaica.
But the daughters are grown, with...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 8:36 PM
Among the things I've learned as a columnist is that two people can read the exact same piece and glean entirely different meanings.
That's what happened with last Saturday's column, which scoffed at a plan by the nation's pediatricians to prescribe...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 3:08 PM
Every so often, we get a poignant reminder of what has been lost now that letter writing has been replaced by texting, emoticons or nothing at all, if you're a politician afraid to commit anything to paper for fear it will show up on page one or be read...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 6:31 AM
Celebrating Shakespeare's birth makes more sense than marking his death.
The birth, 450 years ago next week, started something unceasing, an industry of Shakespeare performances, publications and scholarship, in addition to the inspiration and wisdom...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:46 PM
By any reasonable standard, Barack Obama's presidential library ought to be in Chicago, where he lived most of his adult life and undertook his political career, not New York or Honolulu. But if the price to Illinois taxpayers is going to be $100 million,...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 5:27 PM
Gail Gygax flipped open the blue binder she had been carrying under her arm. On its cover was a shield emblazoned with the words "Gygax Memorial." She was all business, pleasant but driven, barely allowing me time thank her for meeting with me. She turned...
| Mar 28, 2014
Each year Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) endeavors to rank the most and least literate cities in America. Washington, D.C., has claimed the top spot four years in a row. Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Pittsburgh are the other members of...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 6:19 PM
For a woman of mystery, the late North Shore nanny Vivian Maier certainly is easy to find these days. The latest installments in the posthumous story of Maier and the compelling photographic images she snapped — but rarely developed — come...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 3:08 PM
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the chances of your child someday becoming a professional athlete are one in 21,322. The chances of making more than the median wage for a professional athlete?
One in 42,644.
And what is the median...