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  • The limits of fussbudgetry

    The day of my first piano lesson, I picked out "Yankee Doodle," right hand only. It would be insane to start a  beginner with one of Bach's partitas or one of Lizst's Hungarian rhapsodies. One starts simply and progresses by stages as far as one's inclination, abilities, application, and instruction go. Yet in teaching writing and editing to undergraduates, I find many who have not managed to advance very far beyond the "Yankee Doodle" stage.
  • Blowback: Debunking the Prop. 13 debunkers

     
    The only “myths” to debunk about Proposition 13 are those promoted by the tax-and-spend lobby and public employee unions, which would like you to believe that the states' landmark 1978 initiative to limit property tax increases has “...

    Reading 'Howl' at 'Howl'

     
    By the time they got to the Holy-Holy-Holy part, the 50 poets and fans who'd assembled for a group reading of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" had worked up lots of momentum. Voices raised together, arms thrust in the air, people stamped....

    10-20-30: Ten Years Ago

    10-20-30: Ten Years Ago
    Several La Cañada High School special education students, upset that their teacher, Frank Pace, was being transferred to Foothills School, staged a walking protest on Foothill Boulevard.   Twenty Years Ago Foothills resident Mary Pinola was named...

    Avon calling: 'New' Shakespeare play 'Double Falsehood' joins the Bard's canon

     
    Have you heard about the "new" Shakespeare play? Well, obviously, it's not exactly new, but a play known variously as "Double Falsehood" or "The Distrest Lovers" is about to officially join the Shakespearean canon after several centuries.A London-based...