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  • Fall book preview

    Fall book preview
    It's tempting, looking at the fall's books, to think of this as a political season. Dick Cheney got it started with "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," and in November we'll see a different (and perhaps conflicting?) take when Condoleezza...
  • From politics to poetry

    From politics to poetry
    It's tempting, looking at the fall's books, to think of this as a political season. Dick Cheney got it started with "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," and Joe McGinnis pitched in with "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin." (That...
  • Season recap: Alvin Hill

    Season recap: Alvin Hill
    Nic Vasilchek knew that the fortunes of his Luella (Ga.) High football team were intimately tied to cornerback Alvin Hill. With that in mind, the Lions coach decided to play the Maryland commitment sparingly on offense and not at all on special teams,...
  • Memories that bind

    Memories that bind
    When we think about the year-end holidays, books often are at the center of our memories. Maybe we received a special book as a gift, and it became a cherished memento. Or maybe we read a book about the holidays each year, as a treasured part of our...
  • Simple story had unexpected effects

    Simple story had unexpected effects
    It has been 50 years since Ezra Jack Keats introduced the world to young Peter, the little hand-painted boy who awakens to a fresh snowfall and sets out on a joyful errand. "He picked up a handful of snow — and another, and still another. He packed...
  • Atheist Billboard Headed to Dallas

    Atheist Billboard Headed to Dallas
    A billboard, funded by an atheist organization, has many in the religious community upset. The billboard was supposed to up in Oak Cliff Monday, but, as of 5pm, the board remained blank. Still, those behind it are already getting hate mail. It's part of...
  • 'Slumberland' by Paul Beatty

    'Slumberland' by Paul Beatty
    Slumberland A Novel Paul Beatty Bloomsbury: 244 pp., $24.99 I first heard of Paul Beatty in the 1990s, when Europe was awash in young black rebels trying to forge a new identity against the backdrop of insidious racism. We wanted to be black and...
  • 'Sweet Thunder' by Wil Haygood

    'Sweet Thunder' by Wil Haygood
    When I was a young boxing writer, I once was invited to watch historic fight films with a small group that included Sugar Ray Robinson, by then long retired from the ring. Suffice to say, I was -- by several orders of magnitude -- the most ignorant...
  • Get Lit Players bring poetry's emotions to other L.A. teenagers

    Get Lit Players bring poetry's emotions to other L.A. teenagers
    For as long as he can remember, Dario Serrano's life was all screeching tires and echoing gunshots, babies' cries and barking dogs, a symphony, as he puts it, of "hood rats and gangsters," of "vatos vatos and payasos" -- dudes and numskulls, loosely...
  • South L.A. needs more than a hospital

    The county's decision to close Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital is a sad one that will deal a severe blow to the health of the people of South Los Angeles. It is particularly distressing because the establishment of a comprehensive teaching...
  • Race, post race

    Race, post race
    More than half a century ago, Langston Hughes captured the debilitating divide in the destinies of white and black children in his poem "Children's Rhymes": "By what sends / the white kids / I ain't sent: / I know I can't / be PresidentBy what sends / the...