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Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca; Credit: Courtesy Warner Bros.

What Donald Trump Could Learn From Casablanca

When Casablanca came out in 1942, it was a popular and critically acclaimed film that helped America understand exactly why it was fighting yet another world war. As time went by, it came to be considered one of the greatest films ever made. Seventy-five years later the classic film is......
A family watching TV in 1960; Credit: Bert Hardy Advertising Archive/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Story of How TV Became the 500-Pound Alligator That Ate Our Lives

Imagine bringing a cute little baby alligator home from the pet store only to see it grow into a giant 15-foot gator that takes over your house and dominates your daily life. That’s how David Thomson sees the history of television in his blockbuster new book, Television: A Biography (Thames &......
Everyone can learn something from Bill Murray's way of life.; Credit: BAKOUNINE / Shutterstock.com

10 Ways to Live Life Like Bill Murray

When Bill Murray went to Japan to film the indie classic Lost in Translation back in 2002, he brought along a little novelty book called Making Out in Japanese. It included colloquial phrases for lovers such as “You have a beautiful body” and “I don’t want to get married yet.”......
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David Miscavige's Father Exposes Scientology's Cruelest Policy

There’s a long literary tradition of celebrities’ children writing vicious take-downs of their parents. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford both had daughters who wrote books painting them as drunken tyrants who used their children as props to enhance their public image; one of Bing Crosby’s sons wrote a similar screed......

Miss Fortune: Finally, a Memoir That Isn't Self-Indulgent Trash

There's been a tidal wave of early- and midlife memoirs recently, most of them self-indulgent, self-referential and occasionally even wildly narcissistic. But Lauren Weedman's Miss Fortune is like a pearl that washed up on a beach full of seaweed, tar balls and plastic six-pack holders. It's a jewel sparkling amid......
Author James D. Stein

A Pair of Private Eyes Solve L.A. Crimes Using … Math?

How many references to famous L.A. landmarks does it take for a book to qualify as a classic L.A. crime book? What's the probability that familiar L.A. types — self-righteous vegetarians, slimy bookies, wealthy Beverly Hills widows — will all appear in the same book but in different stories? These......