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December 14, 1998
Reading: To learn what is and what was helps us to benefit from what will be. ERIC LINDMUIR Los Angeles
April 24, 2014
Re "Oddball bills stand out in congressional session," April 22 Pity that some of our congressional representatives are so vapid that a special bill had to be written for them to do the right thing. The Read the Bills Act shouldn't be necessary, but it should be passed. Any school kid knows that he has to read the assignment. Yet it seems some of our representatives think showing up to vote on unread material is enough. Not so. You take an oath of office and you do the job. Plain and simple: Read the bill, and then vote.
March 10, 2010
The novel "The House of Dajani" by Israeli writer Alon Hilu, coming out in English this month, is set in the late 19th century in the coastal town of Jaffa and follows the encounter between Jews and Arabs in Ottoman Palestine. "The House of Dajani"
April 24, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you want to make like a local when you travel this summer, choose your reading material carefully. Travelers visiting Sweden should pick up a copy of "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Arthur C. Clarke. Those who are Brazil-bound might reach for the heal th guide " Superfoods " by Meryl Joseph. That's the word on reading picks and habits from users of Scribd , the Netflix -like book lending company that compiled pages read, reading time and geographic data from users worldwide to create a kind of reading map of the world.  In the U.S., the must-read book on Scribd is "Sh*t My Dad Says," by Justin Halpern . Other top books, by country, include: --Denmark: "The Alchemist," by Paulo Coelho --Croatia: "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," by William L. Shirer --Italy: "Beethoven Sonatas and the Creative Experience," by Kenneth O. Drake --The Netherlands: "The One-Minute Organizer," by Donna Smallin The fastest readers appear to be in Germany, followed by the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Malaysia.
March 16, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
If you read the Op-Ed pages these days, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the GOP and the conservative movement have been taken over by know-nothing mobs, anti-intellectual demagogues and pitchfork-wielding bigots. There's no omnibus label for this argument, but it's a giveaway that a person subscribes to it if he or she describes the "tea party" movement as "tea baggers," an awfully telling bit of condescension from the camp that affects the pose of being more high-minded. The case against the tea party movement is constantly evolving.
July 8, 2010
Slake, a new journal committed to long-form journalism, essay, memoir, poetry, fiction, painting and photography, celebrates its inaugural issue with a reading from some of its illustrious contributors, including Mark Z. Danielewski, Jonathan Gold, Michelle Huneven and David Schneider. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. 5 p.m. Sun. (323) 660-1175.
April 23, 2014 | By David Lauter, Los Angeles Times
Elizabeth Warren's ninth book is a campaign biography with a twist. Warren, who emerged as a national figure during the early days of the financial crisis, rapidly became a star of the Democratic Party's liberal-populist wing. Her 2012 Senate campaign in Massachusetts attracted so much money and attention that admirers began talking her up as a presidential candidate even before she won. "A Fighting Chance" could easily fit as the next step toward that goal. It weaves her life story and political manifesto in the classic manner of books designed to accompany a run for office.
April 23, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
If you're looking for a way to commemorate William Shakespeare's birthday -  he was born 450 years ago today, on April 23, 1564 - the most interesting party may take place at UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in West Adams. From 4-7 Wednesday evening, the library will celebrate not Shakespeare's writing so much as his reading , with an event called “Shakespeare's Bookshelf.” This is compelling for a variety of reasons, not least that Shakespeare was a voracious reader, said (in much the same way as John Milton)
April 20, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The world premiere of Quentin Tarantino's staged reading of his latest script, a post-Civil War western, "The Hateful Eight," is raw, ragged, raucous, riveting. And, as Tarantino promises when the evening presented by Film Independent begins around 8, it is truly one of a kind. As the clock pushed past 11 Saturday night at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, one of those slightly spruced-up gray ladies with sweeping balconies and red velvet chairs that grace downtown L.A., the man in black - from the filmmaker's Stetson to his cowboy boots - begins narrating the final "Hateful" chapter, for the final time ever.
April 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Golden State Warriors choked. One of them did, anyway. Klay Thompson was talking to reporters after the game when he accidentally inhaled the deodorant spray Draymond Green was using two lockers away. Thompson's eyes watered and he coughed for a bit as he touched his throat. It was a momentary setback, nothing compared to what the Clippers experienced in a 109-105 loss Saturday to Golden State in a playoff opener. The Warriors were supposed to get beat without shot-blocking rebounder Andrew Bogut.
April 12, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Around noon Saturday, a stroll down Trousdale Parkway on USC's campus during the L.A. Times Festival of Books turned up mothers and daughters wearing headbands with balloons shaped like Minnie Mouse's ears, as well as a person inside a Wienerschnitzel hot dog costume who posed for pictures. A few yards away, adults sang the first few lines of a popular show at the Children's Stage: “Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high.…” Before the crowd could continue in chorus, actor LeVar Burton asked whether anyone had seen an episode of "Reading Rainbow," the PBS children's show he once hosted.
April 11, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. If you want a friend in Washington, the saying goes, get a dog. But if you're looking to understand Washington, I'd recommend fiction.
April 11, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - A secret Senate report on the CIA's treatment of Al Qaeda detainees from 2001 to 2006 concludes that the spy agency used brutal, unauthorized interrogation techniques, misrepresented key elements of the program to policymakers and the public, and actively sought to undermine congressional oversight, officials who have read the report say. Contrary to previous assertions by President George W. Bush and CIA leaders, the use of harsh interrogation...
April 11, 2014 | Diana Wagman
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. In 1975, when I was young, I went to hear James Baldwin speak. Afterward, I waited in a long line and finally got to stand before him. I told him that his book "Giovanni's Room" had made me want to be a writer.
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