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Why I gave all my National Geographic magazines away

Why I gave all my National Geographic magazines away

When I was in junior high, we got rid of many of our possessions in order to move into smaller accommodations when my parents divorced. What we didn’t sell at our big garage sale wound up out at the curb for the trash collector. I was horrified when I realized...
Print is dead

Print is dead

I love to read. My perfect day is one where I can relax on a hammock reading a good book, the Sunday NY Times, or the latest issue of The New Yorker. So why have my piles of unread books and magazines grown so tall that I can’t even stack them on top of each...
Photos from the LA Times Festival of Books

Photos from the LA Times Festival of Books

The LA Times Festival of Books has found a great new home at USC. It was much less chaotic and cramped than it was at UCLA, and there were more shady spots and outdoor panels and performances to enjoy. Of course, it helps that the weather couldn’t be any better!...

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse grand opening

How lucky am I? Yesterday afternoon I walked a fraction of a block to the grand opening of the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse. Just when I had given up hope that anything would be built on the site of the long-abandoned service station at the top of the...

What I learned from the Tiger Mom

The fact that my friend Jane and I were only the second and third people to arrive at Vroman’s this evening for Amy Chua’s discussion of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom” is a tip-off that we understand the intensity that Chua brings to life. True...