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  • 'Grand Budapest Hotel' special among Oscar-nominated screenplays

    'Grand Budapest Hotel' special among Oscar-nominated screenplays
    This year's Academy Award-nominated screenplays in the "adapted" category include a trio of variously effective and affecting whitewash jobs based on real people ("American Sniper," "The Imitation Game," "The Theory of Everything"); a ripping melodrama taken from a short film designed to raise money for a feature-length version in the wings ("Whiplash"); and "Inherent Vice," Paul Thomas Anderson's valiant, idiosyncratic go at the Thomas Pynchon noir.
  • Happy Pynchon in Public Day!

    Happy Pynchon in Public Day!
    Could it be a conspiracy? More like fandom. Today is Thomas Pynchon's birthday -- his 77th -- and to celebrate the author's work, a faithful reader has dubbed May 8 Pynchon in Public Day. It's not an attempt to draw the famously reclusive writer out...

    PASSINGS: Phyllis Gebauer, Les Guthrie, Freda Koblick, Lee Ames, Brian Haw

    PASSINGS: Phyllis Gebauer, Les Guthrie, Freda Koblick, Lee Ames, Brian Haw
    Phyllis Gebauer Longtime UCLA Extension writing teacher Phyllis Gebauer, 82, a teacher for two decades in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program who recently donated to the program signed first editions by reclusive author Thomas Pynchon, died Wednesday at...

    The next DIY frontier: roasting coffee beans at home

    The next DIY frontier: roasting coffee beans at home
    Four students are standing over a hot stove in the creamery of the Institute of Domestic Technology on a late-October Sunday at the Zane Grey Estate in Altadena. Each one is manning a hand-cranked Whirley-Pop popcorn popper filled not with popcorn but...

    'Hog butcher for the world'

    'Hog butcher for the world'
    The shuttering of the Union Stock Yard and Transit Co. on July 30, 1971, didn't mark the end of Chicago's role as "hog butcher for the world." That came a year earlier, when "hog alley" closed, a victim of the stockyards' long descent from years of...