10 days ago | Environment
Nanette Barragan grew up in the rough Harbor Gateway section of L.A., the youngest of four daughters of Mexican immigrants. Her mother was a factory worker, her dad a TV repairman. On hot summer afternoons she and her sisters took the bus to Hermo...
1 month ago | Hollywood
If the many memorable sentences that F. Scott Fitzgerald scribbled in his too-short lifetime, none has worked itself into American received wisdom as much as this line from his novel The Last Tycoon: “There are no second acts in American lives.” Y...
2 months ago | Books
Richard Pryor was a bad-ass motherfucker who could handle his shit onstage or on screen like a champ. But unfortunately for him and those around him, he was a drug-addled shit-storm in real life. That, in the street-smart terms Pryor famously used...
3 months ago | Books
There are more than half a million Iranians living in L.A., which is why it is sometimes referred to as Tehrangeles. It's also why The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. should be required reading for anyone who thinks The Shahs of Sunset — that inexplica...
4 months ago | Books
Hector Tobar, much like the miners he writes about, successfully surmounts two huge obstacles in his new nonfiction masterpiece, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free. The first h...
5 months ago | Books
Peter Mehlman’s first novel, It Won’t Always Be This Good, is not the post-Gatsby, Great American Novel that we’ve all been waiting for — the story that captures the hopes, the fears, the rhythms and resentments of a younger generation. But it is ...