Archive for ‘October, 2011’


Break Time

Break Time

We have business to take care of this week on the blog, but first I need a break. I’ve decided to celebrate my caesura with these gentlemen and get in a few rounds of dominoes out back. The guys told me they were on their, uh, lacuna from work at The Kitchen for Exploring Foods […]

First Female President?

First Female President?

Nicolle Wallace‘s new political fiction It’s Classified focuses on President Charlotte Kramer, the nation’s first female president, who is returning for her second term. Wallace wrote her first novel, Eighteen Acres, after serving as communications director in George W. Bush’s White House and as a senior adviser in John McCain’s 2008 campaign for president, during […]

Rubio Cañon Land & Water Association missed required water quality tests

Rubio Cañon Land & Water Association missed required water quality tests

by Timothy Rutt The Rubio Cañon Land & Water Assn. sent out a letter to shareholders last week saying it failed to monitor drinking water standards for uranium as required by the state health department during two quarters of 2010. "Our water system failed to monitor as required for drinking water standards during the past […]

The Photos of Helen Lukens Gaut at the Pasadena Museum of History

The Photos of Helen Lukens Gaut at the Pasadena Museum of History

Helen Lukens Gaut lived from 1872 to 1955. She was a successful photojournalist, with pub credits in a many magazines, including at least one that’s still kicking today—Cosmopolitan. She drove herself around California in the 1910s and 1920s taking pictures and writing about her travels, before seemingly giving this career up for private musical pursuits. […]

The Most Dangerous Women in America—Then and Now

The Most Dangerous Women in America—Then and Now

Women won the right to vote in California one hundred years ago, nine years before the passage of the 19th amendment. To celebrate Women’s Equality Day, the League of Women Voters Pasadena and PCC are putting on a show by Amy Simon: She’s History: The Most Dangerous Women in America, Then and Now. Simon’s play […]

The Dinosaur Within at Boston Court

The Dinosaur Within at Boston Court

Descriptive text is scant for The Dinosaur Within, the next new play to hit Boston Court (previews this week, West Coast premiere this Saturday), but the evidence suggests there will not be any dinosaurs on stage. There will, however be dinosaur footprints, or at least talk about them: the disappearance of a set of footprints […]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 10/03/11

Vroman’s Bestsellers 10/03/11

Hardcover Fiction Die Once Live Twice,  Lawrence Door The Affair, Lee Child The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach The Paris Wife, Paula Mclain Feast Day of Fools, James Lee Burke The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern Lassiter, Paul Levine The Barbarian Nurseries, Hèctor Tobar Reamde, Neal Stephenson Aleph, Paulo Coelho Hardcover Non-Fiction Dear Cary, Dyan Cannon Killing […]

Self Portrait: Shakers

Self Portrait: Shakers

It’s been a busy couple of days. If anybody wants me, I’ll be loading up on coffee, eggs and hashbrowns while compulsively playing hashtag games on Twitter. (As illustrated above.) Special thanks to everyone who came out to the reception for my photo exhibit, South Pas: Observed at Charlie’s Coffee House on Saturday evening. I’m […]

Pottery Barn and Me: Crowing over Halloween

Pottery Barn and Me: Crowing over Halloween

Dear Pottery Barn… Me, my crows and I at Halloween   My Murder of Crows. As is my tradition, I was thrilled to receive your new Pottery Barn Fall catalog. I saved it for an end-of-the-week treat and accompanied my reading with a glass of wine, mais oui.  And there, to my delight and surprise, […]

Got sex appeal? Use it to get ahead!

Got sex appeal? Use it to get ahead!

If you really want to maximize your career, sociologist Catherine Hakim thinks you need to tap into your erotic side. In her new book, Erotic Capital: The Power of Attraction in the Boardroom and the Bedroom, Hakim introduces the idea of a fourth dimension to the already recognized financial, cultural and social capitals as a […]

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