| Oct 22, 2000
It was once the most famous prison in the world. Alexis de Tocqueville praised it; Charles Dickens hated it. Al Capone sat out a gang war there, partying with prison guards in a cell decorated with oil paintings and oriental rugs. Brad Pitt even went...
| Aug 19, 2010
I can't recall my fourth-grade teacher's name. Mrs. Klatt? Miss Klapp? What I remember about her is that she had naturally curly hair, which I envied, and that she let us play "Heads-up, Seven-up" on rainy days when we had to stay in for recess.
| Sep 16, 2010
It's not easy being popular — at least, not when you have to worry about your higher risk of catching the flu.
According to a study published online Wednesday in PLOS One, people who rank high in social groups tend to contract infections sooner...
| Oct 25, 2010
Jane Donelson, who ran a trailblazing program from the 1960s through the early 1990s that lends toys to thousands of children in Los Angeles County, has died. She was 88.
Donelson, a longtime resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, died Oct. 8 of natural causes...
| Sep 13, 2010
The old folk concept that our personal health behaviors rub off on those around us has received a staggering amount of scientific support of late. Over the last few years, study after study has shown that weight gain, drug and alcohol use, even loneliness...
| Aug 2, 2010
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Mitch Miller, who helped shape musical tastes in the 1950s and early '60s as the head of the popular music division at Columbia Records and hosted the hit "Sing Along With Mitch" TV show in the early '60s while becoming one of the era's most...
| Nov 7, 2010
The Poetry Lesson
Princeton University Press: 128 pp., $19.95
This book, with its punishing, dread-inspiring title and pleading skeleton on the cover, is actually one of the funniest, most irreverent you'll read this year. Part memoir,...
| Nov 19, 2010
The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine
Little, Brown; 349 pps., $27.99
"Brute" examines the life and career of U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Victor H. "Brute" Krulak, the complex and controversial officer whose role in shaping the modern...
| Aug 1, 2010
It could be your story.
Like Claire, you put your career, your passion, on hold for a while to follow your husband or significant other across the country so that he can pursue his career or finish his education. You put your career (passion, ideas,...
| Oct 17, 2010
A Life Like Other People's
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 256 pp., $22
In 1966, Alan Bennett was just beginning the career that would endear him to his native England as one of the country's most prolific and acclaimed playwrights....
| Aug 30, 2010
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If you like Scott Turow, Stan Lee, Dan Brown or Michael Crichton, then you are in the target audience for Kevin Guilfoile's novel "The Thousand." Unfortunately, like smoked duck ravioli with wasabi-tomatillo sauce, Guilfoile has fallen under the sway of...
| Aug 29, 2010
It may seem, thanks to her ManBooker Prize winning novel 'Wolf Hall' (just out in paperback, Picador: 608 pp., $16), that the novelist Hilary Mantel needs no more attention; but in fact the large body of her work — and she's been publishing for more...