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November 12, 2009 | Matt Schudel, Schudel writes for the Washington Post.
Esther Hautzig, whose memoir of growing up in exile in Siberia, "The Endless Steppe," has become a classic of children's literature, died Nov. 1 at a New York City hospital. She was 79 and had Alzheimer's disease. Hautzig was born into comfortable circumstances in Vilnius, Lithuania, then part of Poland, where her family ran a jewelry store. In 1941, after the Soviet Union and Germany signed a nonaggression pact that put Vilnius under Soviet control, Hautzig's family was arrested for being capitalists.
February 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In "Endless Love," the gauzy new romantic drama starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as the meant-to-be-togethers, one thing is certain - sometimes beauty is only skin deep. Directed by Shana Feste and delivering its breaking hearts and fragrant flowers just in time for Valentine's Day, the film is filled with interesting ideas about love, loss, self-esteem and social class, particularly as they define still malleable graduating seniors. But in adapting Scott Spencer's novel for the big screen, Feste and Joshua Safran ("Gossip Girl")
November 4, 1998
Who cares if there is a new high-definition television that may cost only about $7,000 (Nov. 2)? Just to watch endless hours of silly sitcoms, endless reruns, commercials and infomercials? And still pay hundreds of dollars a year for cable? KURT SIPOLSKI Palm Desert
August 23, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Accusations about Yelp Inc.'s business practices and authenticity of reviews have angered scores of small-business owners. They also have left some consumers feeling confused about what they can and can't trust on the popular site, which features 42 million reviews on bars, restaurants, orthodontists, body shops, gyms, nail salons, hotels and much more. Although Yelp is the leading user-review website, plenty of other sites offer online reviews from users. For restaurants alone, people can turn not only to Yelp but also to OpenTable, Google and MenuPages, among others.
May 19, 2007
When will the story be written that says the true reason for falling World Series ratings is the complete disaster of the baseball broadcast on Fox? From Tim McCarver to the endless close-up nose-hair shots to endless crowd shots of "praying hands," it's the worst sports television ever. PAUL THOMAS Long Beach
March 13, 2001
I believe I have discovered the cause of global warming. It's the endless stream of hot air that the garrulous public spews into their cell phones! ILEYNE FLEISHER Encino
June 7, 2003
Once again, we are overwhelmed during the NBA playoffs by endless ads, the media, and endless babble from the dozen announcers. There are only 10 players, why do we need 12 announcers? The shouting match between those two before the game is unnecessary and well over the line, as is Bill "Turn it Down, Big Man, Turn it Down" Walton. Let us watch basketball. Jerry Earle Los Angeles
March 13, 1985
Samuelson's article on the "cheapening" of college education was a slap in the face to any hard-working, overextended, debt-ridden "middle-class" student who, in pursuit of a better future, already faces rising tuition costs and seemingly endless opposition from both the federal and state governments. "Too easy," indeed!LOUISE ECKELS West Covina
March 5, 1988
OK, so ABC gave us the Olympics on tape. I could play that game, too, by taping their live/tape and replaying it minus the endless commercials. What's another hour or two. JoANNE WELLS Fontana
June 16, 1991
Al Halpern's letter (TV Times, June 2) voiced disappointment in the last episode of "Dallas" (CBS, May 3), but that was nothing compared to the last episode of "thirtysomething" (ABC, May 28). How could the writers of the marvelous show traumatize it's loyal fans by not tying up the loose ends better than they did. The possibilities were endless. Susan J. Becker, Oxnard
May 22, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Fans of Asian food can sample dishes from a variety of nations without any jet lag during a visit to Richmond , British Columbia , the city that's home to Vancouver 's international airport (YVR). Within three blocks along Richmond's Alexandra Road -- in the suburb's Golden Village district -- 200-plus restaurants feature styles including Cantonese, Szechuan, Korean, Malaysian and more. While many are small “holes in the wall” tucked into strip malls,  the food befits the city's residents, two-thirds of whom are of Asian descent.
April 29, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray was exploring the beauty of the unknown, the pristine hockey slate on the eve of opening night in the Stanley Cup playoffs. At this stage, no one can be wrong in the timeless playoff prediction game. "I think I've played in four playoffs," Souray said Monday. "I've been the first seed a couple of times and lost out in the first round and been the eighth seed and went to the second round and lost to the eventual Cup champion both times.
February 23, 2013
Re “ Sneak peek fees pique studios ,” Business, Feb. 19 Thank you for reporting on this irritating new practice, whereby studios are being strong-armed by theaters into paying to have trailers screened. Studios and theater owners decry losing audience share, but when they subject their audiences to 20 minutes or more of trailers, what do they expect? I, for one, will express my displeasure by always choosing an independent theater. Laurie Trainor Los Angeles Recently I sat through more than 20 painful minutes of inane trailers.
August 25, 2012 | By Kari Howard, Los Angeles Times
BELFAST, Maine - The first sign says, "Slow. " Then, about 50 feet down this back road in mid-coast Maine, there's a second sign. It says, "Slower. " I ease up on the pedal. That about sums up the rhythm of life in this part of Maine, which is about as far as you can get from L.A. and still be in the same country (and sometimes it feels like another one). On this trip, I'm looking to go slower. Or maybe even go in reverse, to a bit of America that's like a half-remembered dream - to a time when books cost a dollar, dinner at the drive-in was as fast as food got and an overnight suitcase was called a "possibilities bag. " Sure, Maine has lots of fancy antiques stores and gourmet restaurants.
August 18, 2012 | By Jim Brooks, Los Angeles Times
"What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" Looks like we're about to find out again. And actresses of a certain age everywhere must be quivering in their orthopedics at news of a remake. After all, the 1962 original, a delicious hot mess of black comedy/chiller thriller, earned late-career cred for two of golden Hollywood's declining and long feuding queen bees. Bette Davis camped it up as "Baby Jane" Hudson, a former child star-turned-abusive, frowzy caretaker. Joan Crawford was invalid sister Blanche, a onetime star in her own right, crippled years earlier in a mysterious car wreck.
August 12, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The Way the World Works Essays Nicholson Baker Simon & Schuster: 319 pp., $25 Nicholson Baker's new book, "The Way the World Works," is a miscellany: a collection of 34 essays originally published in magazines such as the New Yorker, McSweeney's and the American Scholar between 1996 and 2011. And yet, as Baker makes clear in the final essay, "Mowing," there is method to his madness, a shape that becomes fully apparent only with the book's closing lines. "I want to write a short book called 'The Way the World Works,'" he declares there.
December 26, 1991
Thanks for Anne Mendelson's review (Dec. 19) of Jeff Smith's latest outrage. She has neatly placed him on a skewer and toasted him to a fare-thee-well. With his slovenly recipes, his sly product endorsements and his endless stream of irritating assertions, he has been getting away with the equivalent of mayhem for years. DAVID A. WILSON, Northridge
June 30, 2000
Regarding Jim Ketcham's June 23 letter proposing conventions on the Internet: May I add my two cents? Let's hold the primaries two months (or six weeks?) before the elections, thereby cutting much of the cost, and certainly much of the mudslinging which offends the electorate. The timing would allow for presentation of platforms and beliefs and might reduce the endless drivel that prevails now. Conventions by Internet would cut time and expenditures. Perhaps some worthy candidates who cannot afford the present overwhelming costs of the seemingly endless campaigns, who do not want to be beholden to moneyed groups, could then come forward and present themselves as candidates to truly represent us. The days when lone riders conveyed the results of elections in remote areas are long gone.
August 2, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
"Pat O'Connell is generally considered the happiest surfer alive," according to this Surfline bio . The Chicago native's life is a classic tale of boy-meets-waves, boy turns pro, boy stars in "Endless Summer II" and boy wins a spot in the Surfers' Hall of Fame  in Huntington Beach. Now O'Connell will be hanging out at the un-surfer-like Montage Laguna Beach to teach mere mortals like you and me how to surf. Really. What the hotel calls its Surf With a Legend package costs $1,270 for single travelers and $1,450 for two during a weekend retreat Sept.
June 22, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
I've come to dislike the s-word (staycation), but here's a tip for those planning to stay close to home this summer: Check out the Endless Summer in Downtown LA website. It lists deals and discounts as well as free concerts, art walks and more. The deal: The Downtown Center Business Improvement District , of all things, has compiled a bunch of deals and freebies that last through the summer. The website is easy to use and has a handy calendar of events. Locals, travelers, just about anyone can cash in on these deals, no registration required.
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