Category Archives: reading

Watching Huell, Reading Ada

Yesterday, we found out that we lost both Huell Howser, ebullient television personality and tireless booster of Los Angeles, and Ada Louise Huxtable, pioneering architecture critic and stalwart champion of great buildings. Howser died Sunday and Huxtable Monday, but the news of … Continue reading

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Speechless

Jason Kottke just summed it up for me: Posting about anything else in the wake of the mind-numbing devastation on the East Coast—the full extent of which we have yet to learn—just feels dumb. I’ve been trying to keep it … Continue reading

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“Walking in L.A.”

Dear American Way magazine, I wouldn’t say I’m a longtime reader, but I do admit to picking you up for those handful of minutes after the cabin door is closed and before I’m granted the use of my approved electronic … Continue reading

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Urban Farms

There is perhaps no more movement that is more dear to my heart than that of the urban farm—from the productive vacant lots to the tiny rooftop plots sprouting up across America. My dear friend Sarah Rich just published a … Continue reading

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Talkin’ ’bout walkin’

Way back when I was a single lady, I was honored to be interviewed by two men I admire on my propensity for pedestrianism. (Is that a word? I’m going with it.) First, I was the subject of an entire … Continue reading

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Double header

I have two stories in this week’s LA Weekly, which means I get my name in ALL CAPS on the table of contents—twice! First, I test-drove various art and culture apps with the goal of discovering new art and artists … Continue reading

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It’s a great day for walking in LA

Well, that’s not exactly true: With a soggy start to our morning out here in LA, this is one of the very, very rare moments when it’s not actually a great day for walking. (Although that’s not totally true either … Continue reading

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Come to Hot Dish April 11!

Reading and eating. Things we do every day. Things you may in fact be doing right now. But only one Los Angeles event combines them so gracefully into one tasty happening. Hot Dish is kind of like a literary potluck, with … Continue reading

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Another angle on LA

One of my favorite new magazines (and yes, there are still new magazines) is AFAR, which I’ve written for a few times, thanks to my awesome editor Julia Cosgrove. AFAR is ostensibly about travel but it’s not about chintzy hotel deals … Continue reading

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Martini, with a sidecar of history

We all know why we go to Musso & Frank, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood: The room (charmingly old-school), the stories (Bukowski drank here), the martinis (always gin, served with a sidecar), the bartenders (ask for Ruben). But for the … Continue reading

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