Nature Conspiracy

Nature Conspiracy

  Because I’m a glass-is-half-full kind of girl, I try to find some sort of positive take-away in every situation. One thing I learned from disgraced former president Richard M. Nixon, America’s 37th: it can be handy to have an enemies list. Of course his got him into trouble. So taking several lessons from history, I will […]

Bargain Books a Reader’s Haven

Bargain Books a Reader’s Haven

There are few places I enjoy spending time as much as a bookstore, and used bookstores are my favorite. New books are certainly fun, but I love thumbing through well-worn volumes that have a past. Bargain Books on Friar Street in Van Nuys lives up to its name — its prices are very reasonable, and […]

Dear Microsoft…

Dear Microsoft…

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty,” said Theodore Roosevelt. But really, Microsoft, did you have to make it quite this excruciating to use a Windows phone? Much has been made over you ceding the handheld mobile turf to Apple and Google, but rather than being […]

Fyre Fest Lit Takes Criminal Bent

Fyre Fest Lit Takes Criminal Bent

As the tangled web around the disastrous Fyre Festival continues to unravel — with 11 civil lawsuits, unpaid vendors, and many unsatisfied customers after the would-be luxury music festival was postponed before it even began — one question among many keeps arising: Is company founder Billy McFarland facing prison time?

‘One Love Manchester’

‘One Love Manchester’

The One Love Manchester concert was a unique event, in that the crowd had as much star presence as any of the formidable talents that took the stage. The warmth and fortitude of that community in the face of atrocity was caught by the cameras, to the credit of broadcaster BBC One. That an event of […]

Toxic Bannon Bane of Eco Policy

Toxic Bannon Bane of Eco Policy

I felt a bit guilty about taking a position on the Paris climate accord on social media before fully investigating the positions of both sides. The realization that it’s okay to support, in principle, proactive tactics to protect the planet’s rapidly deteriorating environment and a U.S. leadership role in same didn’t hit me until a […]

My Mom, Glam Icon

My Mom, Glam Icon

Fashion is not about design, it’s about emotion, said couturier Alber Elbaz, and that’s certainly been true in my personal experience. My emotional relationship with fashion began at about age one, the earliest I was able to trundle around our tiny Park Slope apartment and pull open the door of my mother’s closet. It was a place of […]

Two Poems by Laurie Soriano

Two Poems by Laurie Soriano

Laurie Soriano is unique, in my experience: a lawyer who writes poetry, the literary equivalent of a mythical unicorn. True, the best legal writing can be poetry; parts of the California Code meet that high bar, but practicing lawyers barely ever do. “I have written poetry since I was a child, and I also am a lawyer,” Soriano says in trademark […]

Africa’s Legal Beat

Africa’s Legal Beat

Native drums have long been associated with Africa’s cultural roots, integral to the daily life and rituals of many communities. Its influence has spread worldwide, providing the launchpad for a multitude of music styles, among them jazz and rock and roll, all of which is widely recognized. Less known is the disruptive effect of colonial drumming […]

Fearless

Fearless

  I recently read in a recruitment post: “We want someone who is fearless,” it said. Aside from the fact that I found this a rare requirement in job descriptions, I was intrigued past the possibilities it suggested in terms of the employer. What does it mean to be fearless? In aggregate, is it a good […]

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