| Apr 19, 2011
| 4:33 AM
A year after millions of barrels of oil were spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's Macondo well, much ink has been spilled on the "second draft" of history. None of the nine books (and counting) published thus far......
| Sep 15, 2010
| 9:34 PM
Haiku is a wonderful yet maddening literary form. But here's a novel haiku contest to mark something near and dear to a writer's heart: Good punctuation. It's all in honor of National Punctuation Day — which is right around the corner. Have you...
| Jun 17, 2010
| 4:34 PM
John Waters was called "The Pope of Trash" by no less than William S. Burroughs. His outrageous cult films -- "MondoTrasho," "Pink Flamingos," "Female Trouble," "Polyester" -- led, improbably, to increasing mainstream success. No less than Johnny Depp...
| Jun 24, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Because Anthony Bourdain often says the kind of things people aren't used to hearing in polite conversation, he has become, as he writes in his new book, a "professional traveler, writer and TV guy," one who knows food from all......
| Jul 1, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Can a highbrow writer's adventure in genre fiction have staying power on the L.A. Times bestseller list? The compelling novel "The Passage" by Justin Cronin just might. "The Passage," now in its second week on our hardcover fiction bestseller list,......
| Mar 28, 2010
Paul Hogan grew up with caregiving.
When his grandmother fell ill, his mother cheerfully told her siblings she would provide care.
"The family felt my grandmother might live a year, at most. She was so weak," Hogan recalls.
"Well, the year turned...
| Jun 13, 2010
From Contemporary Authors and Los Angeles Times
"A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring" — John Wooden and Don Yaeger. (2009)
"Coach Wooden's Leadership Game Plan for Success: 12 Lessons for Extraordinary Performance and Personal Excellence"...
| Jan 27, 2011
There is not much time left.
You may be 50, or 64 or 32 when it hits you in the gut that life is finite and if you're going to make a contribution to this world, you'd better start making it.
In midlife, we reassess. We ask ourselves how we want to...
| Jan 12, 2011
| 2:19 PM
Thesaurus day, observed on Jan. 18, commemorates the birthday of Peter Roget, who first published his celebrated collection of synonyms in 1852. In observance of Thesaurus Day, here is a list of unique and unusual thesauri.
"The Thinker's Thesaurus:...
| Jan 11, 2011
| 4:49 PM
SeaWorld San Diego plans to unveil a $10 million-plus manta-themed ride and animal exhibit for 2012, according to construction documents.
The marine park had been keeping the project under wraps until Web snoops discovered an online bid invitation for...
| Mar 16, 2011
| 5:19 PM
Students and teachers from Ocean View School District are sharing a new teaching method with schools throughout the country.
College View, Sun View and Westmont elementary schools, as well as a team of teachers from Mesa View and Vista View middle...
| Mar 30, 2011
Q: Your peanut-allergic daughter just entered grade school and suddenly feels embarrassed by her allergy. How can you help her cope?
Acknowledge her feelings but let her know there is nothing to be embarrassed about. It's actually...