| Aug 14, 2014
| 3:22 PM
It was zero-dark-hundred, a typical La Cañada Saturday morning. I was lost in the fifth edit of the Great American Novel when I happened to glance toward Gould Avenue.
Three strange vehicles silently pulled up to the curb. Was this a sign of the...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 12:52 PM
It is not often that you see a band celebrate its 25th anniversary before any of the musicians reach their 40th birthdays.
But then, the acoustic trio Nickel Creek is not your ordinary band.
Sean Watkins was 12 years old and Chris Thile was 8 when...
| Aug 15, 2014
One of our universities recently made a survey of the reading habits of the American public; it decided that forty-eight percent of all Americans read, during a year, no book at all. I picture to myself that reader — non-reader, rather; one man...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Nearly a half century before Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson crossed paths on a street in Ferguson, Mo., a 21-year-old man named Marquette Frye was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol, just outside of Watts.
Both incidents unfolded on...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 11:52 AM
Via Erik Loomis comes this report of a university engaging, not to put too fine a point on it, in the world's oldest profession.
The case involves Arizona State University, which on Tuesday posted a job for an assistant professor in the history of...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 8:30 AM
A BONNY BORE -- Brian Lowry
For those who turned "Outlander" into an international bestseller, seeing the characters brought to life, with Scotland as the bonny backdrop, will doubtless be something of a kick. For everyone else, the resulting series is a...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 2:36 AM
UPDATED: Secretary of State John Kerry will be a guest on five Sunday morning programs. Here's the guest list:
ABC's "This Week" welcomes Kerry, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., at 11 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9. Other...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 11:34 PM
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, a navigator who on Aug. 6, 1945, guided the Enola Gay over Hiroshima to drop the first nuclear bomb in the history of warfare, died Monday at an assisted living facility in Stone Mountain, Ga. He was 93.
The last surviving...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:45 PM
In the opening pages of Lisa Howorth's "Flying Shoes," it seems that we're heading into a crime novel. Mary Byrd Thornton is unloading the dishwasher, half-listening to NPR when she answers the phone. A detective is on the line with the news that the case...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 10:30 AM
SELLERS: Sharre Jacoby and Alan Baral
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LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
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YOUR MAMA'S NOTES: A little birdie delivered a covert communiquÃ© over the...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 7:55 AM
The journalist Jason Boog has long been a book lover. He’s written about the publishing industry for the Galley Cat blog, and about literary culture for NPR and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among many other publications. Three years ago, his...