April 11, 2010 |
Jeremy Denk is a relatively young, up-and-coming concert pianist acclaimed for his renditions of Bach, Beethoven and Ives. He's also something a bit more 21st century: "a wigged-out blogger," to steal a phrase he once applied to himself while posting in a Starbucks. His blog, Think Denk: The Glamorous Life and Thoughts of a Concert Pianist, takes a playful, sometimes contrarian approach to music and culture. One post defends Chopin's piano music from those who consider it "pure boredom in a jar"; another looks at the use of Schubert in the "Twilight" movies.
HOME & GARDEN
August 15, 2009 |
To showcase the work of lesser known architecture and interior design firms in Southern California -- and to feed readers' voracious appetites for house, condo and apartment profiles -- the Home section is launching a new blog feature called First Look. We will present new residential projects completed in the last year or so. Photos will be accompanied by explanations of the design challenges and solutions, written in the designers' own words. Your role? You're the critic, able to post comments and see the running conversation about the featured home.
September 2, 2010 |
The question has popped into the minds of most subway commuters, only to vanish amid the chaos of the workaday rush: "What if I just got off here?" But for Charles Usher, that idle thought launched an ambitious blog project to describe the intricacies of Seoul one subway stop at a time — all 477 of them. He wanted to pierce the prevailing urban sameness of his adopted hometown, areas dominated by high-rise apartments and chain outlets. On a recent Sunday, he headed out to the byzantine subway system dressed in a white shirt with a colorful koi fish on one shoulder, cargo shorts and pink sneakers.
November 7, 2010 |
For women, one of the fastest ways to get to know a new friend is to look through her closet. Sifting through the layers of silk, sequins, cotton and wool, one can learn about the new acquaintance's past, her obsessions, her quirks and the things shared in common. Los Angeles artist, photographer and fashion lover Jeana Sohn is inviting everyone to this intimate party, via a weekly feature on her blog. Though women posting photos of themselves and their outfits online has become ubiquitous in this Internet age, Closet Visit ups the ante, presenting elegant, at-home portraits of some of L.A.'s most creative, stylish women, such as handbag designer Clare Vivier and jeweler Kathryn Bentley, shot with their wardrobes.
June 27, 2009 |
If you believe Lisa Marie Presley, Michael Jackson foresaw his own demise years ago. "He knew," wrote Presley, Jackson's wife from 1994 to 1996, in a revealing post on her MySpace blog Friday morning. The daughter of the late Elvis Presley, she has become a tragic link between two great music legends, whose untimely deaths shocked the world as much as their lives had captivated it.
October 13, 2009 |
The headline on Ted Leonsis' blog about the Washington Capitals' loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday was short and sweet: "Yuck." The first paragraph was just as blunt. "That game looked like a game played between grown-ups and some spoiled teenagers," he wrote on his website, tedstake.com. Leonsis pulls no punches. And since he owns the Capitals, who have become a powerhouse after years of wandering in the NHL wilderness, his honesty and openness carry great weight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2011 |
In a blog post written two weeks after detectives say an Orange County Internet advertising executive killed his partner and covered up his death last year, the man wrote about mistakes he'd made and about finding salvation and redemption through religion. Orange County prosecutors allege that Christopher Ryan Smith, a 32-year-old executive, was killed by Edward Younghoon Shin, 33, in their San Juan Capistrano office. Shin then used Smith's email account to contact Smith's family and tell incredible tales of a journey across Africa and paragliding near Johannesburg before disappearing as he traveled to the Congo and Rwanda.
February 12, 2013 |
Dr. Tomoko Kurokawa shares several passions: medicine, travel and food. She also writes compelling stories about her experiences and adventures on her blog, Tomostyle . The family practitioner who lives in Los Angeles and Tokyo brings a fresh perspective on travel to places most of us never go. Her medical missions have taken her to wartime Liberia and post- quake Haiti where food often was in short supply. And she has eaten things most of us would never try (more on that later)
October 4, 2012 |
An artist in Kansas is claiming censorship over his unflattering depiction of Gov. Sam Brownback. David Loewenstein wrote on his personal blog that his print showing the politician as a demonic figure featuring the words "Reject Brownback" was taken down from a Topeka cafe. Brownback, a Republican, has also served as a U.S. representative and senator from Kansas. He was elected governor in 2010. Brownback received national attention last year when he eliminated the Kansas Arts Commission, making Kansas the first state to completely do away with arts funding. After intense pressure from arts advocates, Brownback somewhat reversed his decision by restoring some arts funding.