| Nov 8, 2012
| 5:39 AM
Briarcliff has a new patient and she claims to be the infamous Anne Frank who died during the Holocaust. Only she didn’t die, she says. She continued her life in America so her martyr status would open the world’s eyes to the injustices...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 5:49 PM
My father told me little about his agonies in the Holocaust. He never mentioned the beatings he suffered in various concentration camps starting in 1942, nor the death march he survived in January 1945, en route to Buchenwald.
For nearly the...
| Nov 15, 2012
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Fifty-year-old former rock star Cheyenne (Sean Penn) still dresses like The Cure’s Robert Smith and can’t tell if he’s bored or depressed with his mundane life in Ireland with wife Jane (Frances McDormand). His...
| Jan 27, 2013
"Happy birthday!" my mom and her first cousin will wish each other on Sunday, even though neither was born on Jan. 27. Rather, it's the anniversary of their new lease on life, of the day the Soviet Red Army liberated them from behind the barbed wire of...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:08 PM
The great theorist of psychoanalysis Jacques Lacan envisioned desire as “caught in the rails of metonymy, eternally extending toward the desire for something else.” In the rhetorical figure of metonymy, a signifier points toward something...
| Feb 18, 2013
After World War II, social workers typically urged Holocaust survivors to forget their horrific wartime experiences and get on with their lives.
That struck Florabel Kinsler as a foolish and impossible order. During a decades-long career, the Los...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 9:55 AM
The little girl is only 8, and so she does not yet read newspapers or watch or listen to the local news. But she knew of the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton — some of the older kids she knows had been talking about it. So last Sunday, some...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 8:18 AM
When you think of holograms, you probably think of the Tupac hologram at Coachella, or those shitty hologram baseball cards they used to sell a long time ago. But now, the University of Southern California and a design firm named Conscience Display have...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 8:19 PM
When retired coroner investigator and La Crescenta resident Vidal Herrera took a reporter to visit the L.A. County coroner's office last May, he didn't expect his questions about the building's history to unravel a long-buried and traumatic family history...
| Feb 17, 2013
| 1:47 PM
Pikesville resident Debra Attman is well known as a local philanthropist, providing the driving energy behind several events, including the Chocolate Affair, the annual event benefiting Health Care for the Homeless.
But it was her work with The...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 12:33 PM
Don't mess with Jodi Picoult. The author of a string of best-selling popular novels with weighty themes ripped from the headlines, Picoult pulls no punches. Her latest book, out this month, is "The Storyteller," which is about a young woman who finds...