| Nov 12, 2010
One of the rarest and most sought-after fruits, the Australian finger lime, has started showing up in significant quantities at the Santa Monica farmers market, creating a minor sensation. The fruit's appearance is enough to excite wonder: from the...
| Jul 8, 2011
Last Wednesday at the Santa Monica market, rivulets of sweat coursed down the brow of Ron Cornelsen, a stone fruit grower from Reedley, and it was only 9 a.m. The previous day it had been 107 degrees in his orchard, and the monsoonal humidity made...
| Oct 7, 2010
| 6:00 PM
There is no greater joy than when an author whom you've long admired produces his or her best work to date. Already in this column's pages — real or virtual — I've sung the praises of Don Winslow for "Savages," his literary approximation of...
| Jan 30, 2011
The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903
Walker & Co.: 242 pp., $26
In the years immediately following the Civil War, America appeared to possess the will and the means to end racial...
| Dec 14, 2010
The genocidal removal of Native Americans from their ancestral homelands is one of the most shameful episodes in American history. Over and over, A.J. Langguth reports in his unfocused but nonetheless scarifying account, U.S. presidents proclaimed that it...
| Jun 26, 2011
The Worst Years of My Life
James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrations by Laura Park
Little, Brown: 284 pp., $15.99, ages 12 and up
Middle school is an awkward other-world — a purgatorial pit stop between childhood and...
| Aug 14, 2011
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Georgia Jones-Davis and Hilda Weiss: The poets will read and sign their respective new collections, "Blue Poodle" and "Optimism About Trees." Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., L.A. 3 p.m. Free. (310)...
| Mar 27, 2011
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich
826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series: TV Writing: Panelists include Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg and Damon Lindelof. Meltdown Comics, 7522 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. $12-$15. (213) 413-3388. http:/...
| Jan 11, 2011
| 8:48 AM
Rabbi Israel S. Dresner was gripped with fear when an angry mob surrounded the house where he'd gone to meet the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
It was 1962, and Dresner was with King in Albany, Ga., to organize and demonstrate against civil rights abuses...
| Aug 18, 2011
| 4:38 PM
Plowing through the latest edition of Production Weekly, I see nary a Florida film shoot on the slate, which was my reaon for checking it. We aren't giving away money like Louisiana and Georgia, so there's still a lot more production in those states. A...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Selena Gomez wants fans' help in creating her new scent. Watch out, Justin Bieber!...