March 15, 2009 |
Spoiled Stories Caitlin Macy Random House: 240 pp., $24 Writers often seem arrogant, looking down on humans from their lofty perches, ivory towers or righteous margins. You can almost hear them chuckling at the calisthenics they put us through: Should we trust this narrator? Do we like this or that character? Sometimes, as in most of the stories in this collection, the chuckling is too loud.
January 14, 2009 |
Dear SOS: The best cookies I've ever had -- ever, anywhere -- are the ooey-gooey double-chocolate cookies at Milk. Can you persuade them to part with the recipe? Meghan Rose Los Angeles Dear Meghan: Have your napkins and a big glass of milk at the ready for this recipe. Three types of chocolate are folded into this rich cookie dough, which is baked just long enough for each cookie to set up on the outside while remaining oh so "ooey-gooey" inside. Messy? Yes, but perfectly so.
December 12, 2008 |
Pssst, China -- got a secret. Shannon Boxx isn't as scary as she looks. The U.S. women's national soccer team plays China at the Home Depot Center on Saturday. It might surprise China's team to know that Boxx, a U.S. defensive midfielder whose tackles can terrify, who shoots to kill, whose forehead is weirdly resilient (remember that game-winner she headed past you in January?) is, get this, a laugher. "I've just been enjoying myself so much," Boxx said after a recent practice.
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October 28, 2008 |
The guys at the roofing supply company in Santa Ana are always giving co-worker Cynthia Richardson the business. What is it with you and inmates? Her boyfriend is a felon and she writes him every day. She's been writing to another guy, a lifer in Folsom, for seven years. Framed pictures of them in prison garb are on a shelf behind her desk. One of her sons just got out of Tehachapi. The other will be sentenced next month. She has a couple of friends in Theo Lacy in Orange County.
October 1, 2008 |
TODAY marks the start of Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday signaling the end of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. According to culinary historian and former Times food writer Charles Perry, " 'Fitr,' or the 'breaking of fast,' is traditionally associated with sweets." We've compiled three recipes to commemorate the holiday.
September 28, 2008 |
WITH A harpist strumming gently in a garden gazebo, swans drifting across a pond and waiters circulating with gourmet hors d'oeuvres, the Hotel Bel-Air recently unveiled its newest bid to up the luxury quotient. No, it wasn't some over-the-top innovation in bedding or an exotic turn in room service. The fuss was about soap -- and shampoo, hair conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.
September 26, 2008 |
On wheels, we charge -- a vast and exultant army of cycling, skating, spinning, scooting, sweating warriors in the thrill of conquest. We rule this city -- at least for a few hours. Every Sunday morning, some of the biggest streets of car-flooded Mexico City are handed over to bicyclists, who roll in by the tens of thousands. Joining them are skateboarders, rollerbladers, toddlers on push toys and parents behind strollers in what has become a weekly festival on wheels.
September 15, 2008 |
Talk about bipolar! The highs were lofty and the lows, well, definitely approached a nadir at the ninth edition of the Los Angeles Dance Invitational, on Saturday at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. Having gone through various incarnations since its first concert in 1999 -- from celebrity-driven charity benefits to a choreographers' showcase -- the event continues to honor distinguished dance teachers and other notables in the field. And so it was the presence of Edward Villella -- the erstwhile New York City Ballet superstar who, in 1986, founded Miami City Ballet -- that seemed to bring the most cheers from Saturday's audience.
August 31, 2008
For 25 years, Bob Padgett and a group of friends have traveled to Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Game. This year, the Manhattan Beach resident snapped this shot at the game in Yankee Stadium, which will be demolished at season's end. Padgett, a Los Angeles native, first went to Yankee Stadium in 1981, when the Dodgers beat the Yankees in the World Series. For this shot, he used a Canon 630.