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March 9, 2013 |
I've never been hung up on dating rich men. Sugar daddies don't cross my path too frequently. Sure, we all want to date gainfully employed men, but the size of a man's bank account (or lack thereof) doesn't automatically disqualify him. I also pride myself on reciprocating. If a man takes me out a few times, I feel it's appropriate to return the favor, financially speaking. I truly thought I had figured out the commerce of dating until a recent romance went awry. Earlier this year, I began dating Frank, a wealthy, age-appropriate, Ivy League-educated, amicably divorced law firm partner whom I met through Match.com.
March 8, 2013 |
Look at the new home decor collections rolling out for spring, and one theme that grows ever stronger is a hint of the handcrafted -- emphasis on "hint. " Take Coyuchi, the California-based luxury bedding and linen company. Its latest designs include crochet-trimmed sheets, 100% organic cotton finished with a machine-made edging that reads like a restrained, modern take on Grandma's hand-stitching. The delicate edging requires no special care, a spokeswoman said, and is available on sheets in minimalist white or gray.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2013 |
An influential union representing City Hall workers failed to reach a consensus Tuesday evening on whether and whom to endorse in Los Angeles' mayoral campaign, labor officials said. Members of six locals of the Service Employees International Union questioned City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti, two top contenders in the race, for at least half an hour. Neither was recommended for an endorsement, even though Greuel was ranked higher on a scoring sheet prepared by union officials.
January 6, 2013 |
A stat sheet was left on Eric Bledsoe's chair after the Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors on Saturday as a reminder of how well the backup point guard played. Bledsoe had a season-high 17 points on eight-for-13 shooting. He also ran down Jarrett Jack and blocked his shot attempt just before the first half ended, showing his defensive abilities. Told he had played a good game, Bledsoe responded: "It's about time. " Bledsoe had not been playing his best basketball for almost three weeks.
January 1, 2013 |
Some ideas that seem so simple unleash waves of creativity that expand in exquisitely complex ways. One such musical brainstorm is to offer a new body of work as notated sheet music, as Los Angeles songwriter Beck Hansen has done. His new work, "Song Reader," consists of 20 new pieces that the artist hasn't recorded. Rather, he teamed with the book publisher McSweeney's to unveil the songs in notated form. It is designed as a folio, and the hope is that the individually illustrated songbooks included within will inspire other musicians to interpret the written music and then share it. It was, describes writer Jody Rosen in the liner notes, "an experiment in ventriloquism": Provide the melodic and lyrical dialogue, but leave the aesthetic voice to strangers, who would head to parlors both real and virtual to perform the results.
December 23, 2012 |
"Not so long ago," writes Beck Hansen in the introduction to his new collection of tunes, "Song Reader," "a song was only a piece of paper until it was played by someone. " Indeed, as far back as "Pride and Prejudice," all card-carrying members of the middle class had a piano in the parlor and a daughter or five with skills to play it. (Poor Mary. She did try.) It's been generations since gathering around the piano to sing the latest hits was a popular way to pass an evening, so why then are Beck's latest available only as sheet music?
November 29, 2012 |
The loss of ice covering Greenland and Antarctica has accelerated over the last 20 years, shrinking three times as much as in the 1990s and contributing substantially to sea level rise, according to a comprehensive new study of ice sheet loss conducted by 26 laboratories around the world. The study , published Thursday by the journal Science, comes weeks after Hurricane Sandy's destruction of coastal communities in New York and New Jersey starkly highlighted the risks posed by sea level rise, especially during storm surges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2012 |
Norma Shearer's silk sheets sat for years in a Los Angeles garage, with no one to admire the embroidered monogram: NST, for Norma Shearer Thalberg. The starlet's Louis Vuitton steamer trunks waited in vain to voyage. One was dedicated solely to protecting Shearer's shoes - some of its 30 leather-trimmed drawers still bearing hand-written labels like "silvered lizard sandal evening" and "gold kid sandal evening high heels. " This was Golden Age glamour. It was an auction house's dream.
November 14, 2012 |
Beck Hansen continued the process of introducing his new work "Song Reader" on Tuesday night with an essay in the New Yorker magazine. The collection, which Beck hasn't recorded but composed as sheet music to be played by others, arrives through the lauded McSweeney's publishing imprint on Dec. 7. In thoughtful and elegant prose, the Los Angeles native explained that the project began after his song publisher sent him the sheet music of one...
October 30, 2012 |
It's that time of year when a happy cook's mind turns to holiday baking. And that, of course, means lots and lots of cookies (you have entered our holiday bakeoff , right?). And that, in turn, means getting out your old cookie sheets and wondering whether you can somehow get one more season out of them. For me, the answer was finally “no”. I mean, really, having gotten 10 years out of a set of Ikea baking pans is a miracle anyway, right? Finally I faced up to the fact that these things are warped even when they're not heated.