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April 14, 2013 |
Battling 12-foot seas and 30-mph winds, the Coast Guard plucked four people from a life raft near Big Sur on Saturday afternoon, officials said. The four were rescued shortly after the tug boat they were on suddenly sank, said Coast Guard Lt. Mark Leahey. The boat, Delta Captain, went down so quickly that the four crew members didn't have time to don their cold water immersion gear before getting into their raft. The wind and waves added to their peril as the boat drifted in the Pacific Ocean.
March 28, 2013 |
" Hot Sur " (Hot South), the just-published novel by Colombian author Laura Restrepo, carries a disturbing dedication: "A Javier, que pasa los días de su vida en una cárcel de Estados Unidos" -- To Javier, who spends the days of his life in a U.S. jail. That's a pretty blunt and compelling way of opening a book. But if you're familiar with Restrepo's previous novels, several of which have been published in English -- "Leopard in the Sun," "The Dark Bride," "Delirium" -- you know that she specializes in hooking readers from the first page with dramatic set-ups that could've been lifted from a crime thriller or a telenovela . Then her taut, nuanced, ironic narratives quickly reel you in to confront the starkest and darkest of current realities: warfare, drug violence, desperate urban poverty, the embattled and fragmented modern Self.
February 10, 2013 |
There's nothing lovelier than getting into a bath and staying there as long as you like. And when that tub has a soul-soaring view, well, heaven. Here are some of the world's finest tubs with a tableau worthy of an amorous splurge. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur Among the globe's most incredible locations for a hotel, the Cliff House residence and the Pacific Suites at Post Ranch Inn have indoor and outdoor bathtubs with unbroken 180-degree views of California's coastline. Set 1,200 feet above the crashing waves, the outdoor tub is stainless steel, made for two, heated to 104 degrees and facing the purple-hued sunset.
January 20, 2013 |
From land or sea, the Big Sur coastline dazzles. This 90-mile stretch of rugged Central California landscape draws millions of visitors annually, most of whom are content to pull over at Highway 1 viewpoints to catch a quick glimpse of the rocky Pacific shoreline. But I wanted more. I wanted a window on the sea. The bed High above the ocean, Ragged Point Inn & Resort offers a spot of green in a landscape of browns and blues. The 17-acre park-like resort (19019 Highway 1, Ragged Point; 
January 9, 2013 |
Jack Kerouac was never shy about the movies. As Joyce Johnson notes on the website “Reality Sandwich”: “In his twenties, Kerouac sporadically supported himself by synopsizing scripts for film studios and tried his own hand at screenwriting. He wrote a Christmas tearjerker that he unsuccessfully tried to sell.” As early as 1957, Warner Bros. was offering six figures to develop “On the Road”; given the problems with Walter Salle's recent adaptation, perhaps it's for the best that the deal fell through.
December 24, 2012 |
Christmas Eve travelers heading to the Big Sur area on Highway 1 on Monday will have to detour after a rock slide caused by heavy rain shut the coastal roadway in both directions. The blockage is seven miles south of Big Sur, according to Caltrans . "If you're going to Hearst Castle or Cambria, you'll be fine," Caltrans spokesman Colin Jones said. But those heading to Big Sur and points north -- Monterey and Carmel -- will need to take the 101 Freeway north to Highway 68 west.
October 1, 2012 |
Anne Hathaway got married this past weekend. The "Dark Knight Rises" actress tied the knot with Adam Schulman on Saturday in Big Sur with an understated, nature-inspired ceremony and reception. Hathaway and actor Schulman, who dated for more than three years and got engaged in November, welcomed more than 150 friends and family members to the celebration, according to People magazine. Though the setting was rustic and simple, Hathaway's dress was made by a high-fashion master.
August 5, 2012 |
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied enjoyed a much different dance Saturday than the one they shared in"Black Swan" - their first dance as man and wife. Portman married the French choreographer this weekend in Big Sur, reports People, in a Jewish ceremony before friends and family. Details are scarce, but Ivanka Trump was present for the nuptials, which took place after sundown. Portman and Millepied met on the 2009 set of Darren Aronofsky's"Swan," announcing her pregnancy with son Aleph a little more than a year later.
May 12, 2012 |
Whenever my friend Roberta comes to town, we try to have lunch at Providence on a Friday. That's the only day the Michelin two-star restaurant is open for lunch, in fact. Lunch has a different character than dinner. You tend to talk about different things, maybe because you're more alert at 1 p.m. than at 9. Restaurants are usually less crowded then, so it's quieter. I have a sneaking suspicion that chefs enjoy lunch too, because of that more leisurely pace. I'm not talking about grabbing a sandwich, I mean a meal at a good restaurant.
January 23, 2012 |
Winter storms that brought rain to California's Central Coast caused a big rock slide on Highway 1 that has shut traffic in both directions about 25 miles south of Big Sur, according to Caltrans. The road closed around 3 p.m. Sunday and remained shut Monday with no estimated time of reopening. "The rock slide is due to rain over the weekend," Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers said, adding that road crews were on site and assessing the damage. The closure is near Limekiln Creek near the town of Lucia. Northbound travelers who want to go to Big Sur, where all businesses remain open, should head east on California 46 near Cambria and connect with the 101 Freeway north.