March 30, 2014
Thank you, Pico Iyer ["Still Shining," March 23]. Brilliant article about City Lights Bookstore. I have made many a pilgrimage there since college and made sure my kids visited it too. Isn't it encouraging that it is still going strong? Happy birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I once saw you speak at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Cynthia Fox Los Angeles :: The story about the City Lights Bookstore was perfectly delightful. What a joy to read a beautifully written piece, impeccably punctuated with nary a misspelled word, and sprinkled with enough multiple syllable words to perk up one's brain.
March 21, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - To get to one of the spiritual centers of San Francisco - a perfect microcosm of the city of evergreen revolutions - turn left after the high-rising office buildings downtown, saunter past Francis Ford Coppola's emerald-shaded seven-story American Zoetrope mock pagoda and halt just past the spot where Columbus Avenue meets Jack Kerouac Alley. Or perhaps approach the official historical landmark by way of Grant Avenue, at the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, wander past a long line of slightly kitschy tourist shops displaying quotes from Lao Tse and Jimi Hendrix and try to ignore the eco-conscious green Hello Kittys in store windows.
December 13, 2013 |
The Geminid meteor shower is peaking Friday night, and you won't want to miss it. It is one of the most prolific showers of the year -- and also one of the weirdest. Under perfect viewing conditions, skywatchers can hope to see 100 to 120 meteors per hour during the Geminid peak. Unfortunately, conditions are not perfect this year. The moon is getting close to full and its light wll block out some of the dimmer meteors. But don't let that stop you from taking in the show. NASA says Geminid meteors are so bright that about half of them will still be visible even by the light of the moon.
November 15, 2013 |
Comet ISON is brightening, and if you look up to the sky around dawn, you just may be able to see it without a telescope or binoculars. "It kicked up its brightness like crazy in the past couple days," said Carey Lisse, coordinator of NASA's Comet ISON observing campaign. "We now have a naked-eye object. " As of Friday morning, astronomers around the world were reporting that the comet was around 4.8 magnitude. Most people can see stars that shine at fifth magnitude -- the lower the magnitude, the brighter the object.
November 10, 2013 |
Ah, Paris. The food. The art. The sights. The hotel bill. It was the little matter of finding a place to stay that kept an international vacation off our radar, especially in wake of a recession that had put a king-size crimp in our international travel plans. As we discussed a European getaway, we realized that a hotel stay for my wife, Nancy, our daughter, Hannah, and me would cost us as much as our airline tickets. I had read about house exchanges, but Nancy was hesitant to let strangers into our home, despite my continuing campaign about the savings.
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October 15, 2013 |
Not long after the Dodgers revived their standing in the National League Championship Series with a 3-0 victory Monday night over the St. Louis Cardinals, a call came down from the L.A. mayor's office: Flip the switch. And just like that, the tower of Los Angeles City Hall downtown was awash in blue light, and remained so into the early morning hours Tuesday. The lighting switch doesn't happen often. Since Mayor Eric Garcetti took office, it's happened only once -- for his inauguration.