October 4, 2013 |
Matana Roberts does not make easy listening music. Although in mainstream culture jazz is frequently relegated to an awards show backdrop or an oh-so-spooky bit of shading for pay-cable political dramas, the music remains a springboard into avant-garde expression for this Chicago-born saxophonist, who explores both personal and social history on "Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile. " A challenging, engrossing listen that follows her ambitious "Chapter One" from 2011, this 49-minute piece (broken into 18 seamless tracks)
June 25, 2013 |
The man who introduced “truthiness” to the lexicon has a new word for us all: “truthinews.” As defined by Stephen Colbert, “truthinews” is the practice, increasingly prevalent on cable news, of telling viewers what they want to hear and reporting their opinions back to them as fact. The segment was inspired by the revelation that, according to testimony from a self-described conservative Republican employee of the Internal Revenue Service , Tea Party groups were not targeted for political reasons and that there was no evidence of White House involvement -- which, of course, didn't jibe with Colbert's view of the president.
May 27, 2013 |
My son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Donald J. Hogan, was killed in Helmand province in August 2009. In the days and weeks that followed, my wife, Carla, and I spent a lot of time with the 100 or so Marines who served with him. We asked them what they needed most, and the answer was unexpected. Infantry members spend all their time on their feet. They have no laundry facilities, so they wash their socks in irrigation canals and air-dry them. But the sand and grit make them unusable again within a couple of days.
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May 26, 2013 |
Some places you know you won't see the likes of again. Presto Magic in Long Beach is one such place. The magic shop feels like a holdover from an earlier era. It has been around more than three decades. The long, narrow store is crowded with wonders -- shelf after shelf piled with box upon box. Blooming bouquets, flying coins, soft coins -- the stuff of young magicians' dreams. But Presto Magic is closing Friday. The rent is too high, says the shop's 81-year-old owner, Fredric "Presto" Broder, who is tired of worrying about what he says is the largest remaining magic shop on the West Coast.
March 7, 2013 |
The starting point for Marisa Silver's new novel, "Mary Coin," was a moment of genius that unfolded on a California roadside more than 70 years ago. Just outside the coastal valley town of Nipomo in 1936, photographer Dorothea Lange spotted a migrant farmworker family sitting in a tent off U.S. Highway 101. After a few minutes of conversation, Lange snapped six shots of a mother and her children. The sixth became the defining American photograph of the Great Depression. Silver, a writer with a sharp eye for the visual (she began her artistic career as a filmmaker)
March 3, 2013 |
Metta World Peace is averaging 1 1/2 assists a game, but the one he had over the weekend was eagerly scooped up by Lakers teammate Dwight Howard. While World Peace fought his own battle against flagrant fouls, as in the many called against him, he suggested the NBA wasn't protecting Howard from a slew of hard fouls. Howard's response? Hey, thanks. "I don't want a backlash of people thinking I'm trying to cry about stuff, but most of the injuries, or all of the injuries, that I've had the past couple of years have come from fouls," he said in an interview Sunday.
February 23, 2013 |
Why is it a good idea to go to London in February? If you're not a frequent flier, can you still play the mileage game? And when is it a mistake to be focused on the price? Those are some of the questions that will be answered today and Sunday at the L.A. Times Travel Show at a panel titled “More For Your Money: Budget Tips for Savvy Travelers.” As moderator of the panel (and as a very budget-minded traveler), I'm lucky to have my dream team of bottom-line guys: John DiScala, a.k.a.
February 5, 2013 |
Amazon.com will give away "tens of millions of dollars'" worth of virtual coins that customers can use to buy real apps from the company's Appstore. The Seattle-based online retailer announced "Amazon Coins" Tuesday morning, saying customers will be able to spend the virtual money on apps submitted to and approved for Amazon's Appstore by April 25. The coin giveaway starts in May. "Amazon Coins is an easy way for Kindle Fire customers to spend money on developers' apps in the Amazon Appstore, offering app and game developers another substantial opportunity to drive traffic, downloads and increase monetization even further," the company said in a statement.
February 2, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Lance Barrow doesn't leave anything to chance. Striding out onto the field of a dimly lighted, virtually empty Superdome just days before Super Bowl XLVII kicks off, the husky Texas native explains why CBS needs five times as many cameras as it would for a regular-season game. "I just want to make sure we have everything covered," says Barrow, who as CBS' lead football producer will be quarterbacking the Sunday broadcast for the 100 million people watching in living rooms and bars across the country as the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers.
January 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The trillion-dollar coin isn't going to save the day. The U.S. Treasury says it won't mint the coin as a way of escaping the debt-ceiling crisis. The Federal Reserve also nixed the plan. Even though the platinum coin idea started as something of a joke, it caught on in the blogosphere and gained some notable supporters such as Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. The plan envisioned the administration minting a platinum coin, then depositing it at the Fed to draw the trillion bucks to pay government bills should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling.