| Aug 21, 2011
In 1861 Carleton Watkins took the definitive picture of Yosemite Valley from the aptly named Inspiration Point. The sheer granite wall of El Capitan, as sharp as if cut with a cleaver, fills one side of the photo. A rising tier of rock monoliths marches...
| Mar 13, 2011
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series: TV Writing: A series of panel discussions featuring industry professionals will cover multiple aspects of writing for television. Panelists include Emily Cutler,...
| Mar 10, 2011
— Vivian Schiller's resignation as president and chief executive of National Public Radio comes at a perilous time for the public broadcaster, as Republicans in Congress press ahead with plans to slice its federal lifeline.
Schiller's exit on...
| Sep 2, 2010
Former British prime minister Tony Blair's memoir "A Journey: My Political Life" is a political biography of unusual interest.
As a book, it's unusual because he wrote it himself, which makes this volume unique among the English-speaking world's recent...
| Sep 21, 2010
Presidents Jimmy Carter and Herbert Hoover might be bracketed together for a number of reasons.
Both were engineers by training, shared an almost theological faith in the chimera of governmental efficiency, believed effective management grew from close...
| Nov 19, 2010
The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine
Little, Brown; 349 pps., $27.99
"Brute" examines the life and career of U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Victor H. "Brute" Krulak, the complex and controversial officer whose role in shaping the modern...
| Oct 10, 2010
Penguin Press: 906 pp., $40
On Dec. 14, 1799, an ominous, fog-like gloom hung over Mount Vernon. Sixty-seven-year-old George Washington was dying. The ex-president, his doctors believed, was suffering from "quinsy" (a...
| Oct 24, 2010
One of the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's (D-N.Y.) enduring insights was that genuine politics are a continuing argument about the future. "The central conservative truth," he wrote, "is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success...
| Sep 12, 2010
Fall, it seems, starts earlier every year. Certainly, that's true of publishing: Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" — arguably the big book of the season — has been a topic of discussion since mid-August, while other anticipated titles (Tom...
| Aug 22, 2010
Part of a series of occasional articles.
Two weeks ago, rock band Arcade Fire landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts with its third album, "The Suburbs." For the band's devoted fans as well as some online music prognosticators, hitting the top...
| Mar 6, 2011
The President's Year of Crisis — Suez and the Brink of War.
David A. Nichols
Simon & Schuster: 346 pp., $28
As the Middle East has trembled in recent weeks, the Obama administration has struggled for a coherent and forceful...