Archive for ‘August, 2013’


Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

I picked up a copy of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout several months ago, read about twenty pages, and put it down. I didn’t like it. It seemed cold and sad. But it won a Pulitzer, for god’s sake, so I put it on the shelf, thinking there must be something worthwhile in it and maybe […]

Echo Park library to offer free college-prep series and writing classes

Echo Park library to offer free college-prep series and writing classes

Echo Park Library/LAPL The Echo Park branch library on Temple Street is now registering students for five-week writing workshop as well as a series of free SAT test prep classes. Here are the details from Young Adult Library Wendy McPherson: Write Stuff College Preparation Series for High School Students Participants encouraged to attend all 5 […]

Filmweek: Getaway, Passion, Drinking Buddies and more

Filmweek: Getaway, Passion, Drinking Buddies and more

Actor Ethan Hawke attends the premiere of ‘Getaway’ presented by Warner Bros. Pictures at Regency Village Theatre on August 26, 2013 in Westwood, California.; Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Larry and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Getaway, Passion, Drinking Buddies and more. Which movies should you catch this Labor […]

Crime blotter: vehicle, residential, and package thefts

Crime blotter: vehicle, residential, and package thefts

Somebody has an inversion table that doesn’t belong to them, and this week’s 24 Hour Fitness count is two. Crime blotter provided by the Altadena Sheriff Station. Sunday, August 18 Between 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM – A grand theft occurred in the 3500 block of McNally Avenue. Loss: American Standard A/C unit. 3:15 PM […]

Nissan plans to build first self-driving car by 2020. Are you ready?

Nissan plans to build first self-driving car by 2020. Are you ready?

Would you buy a self-driving car?; Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images Cars come with a lot of bells and whistles nowadays, but they got nothing on what the global automobile industry at large is working on next: a car that drives itself. Indeed, the race is on for the automakers to build the first self-driving […]

City Council votes to lift ban on murals

City Council votes to lift ban on murals

Echo Park artist Ernesto de La Loza, who spoke at today’s City Council meeting, in front of a Boyle Heights mural/Photo by Gil Ortiz Today’s vote not only lifts a decade-long ban on murals but also creates a new process that is intended to make it easier for artists and property owners to create public […]

Fullness of Days

Fullness of Days

I am old and full of days, and I know this because I get gift certificates in the mail, small bordered, blue; staccato messages to me approaching a distinctly marked age, as not like my twin’s age of 68 when her soul pierced the body’s shell and flew onward and upward, and when I had […]

Act As If

Act As If

Readers of Living Vicuriously will hear it first: my new book is almost finished. This is a bit of a lie, it’s not like I wrote the whole thing this summer. That wouldn’t be a good book, not from me, because it takes me time to get it right. If I tell you I wrote […]

News & Notes from Echo Park and Highland Park

News & Notes from Echo Park and Highland Park

Mission Road, Boyle Heights | The Eastsider Highland Park preservation group starts petition to save Googie-style supermarket. Lunchtime Traffic Alert:  LAPD warns of delays on the 5, 110, 101 & Sunset Boulevard ahead of todays 12:10 pm Dodgers vs Cubs game The Eastsider thanks Antonio Castillo of Garvanza for supporting the blog by purchasing a […]

The Courage to Write Workshop: Free!

The Courage to Write Workshop: Free!

Find your voice. Walk (write) through various modes of writing. Work, share, listen, learn, and play. Solicit your hutzpah and enroll in a hands-on workshop with author Esther Bradley-DeTally. Beginning Friday, September 20th, Esther will lead a free six-week writing workshop at La Pintoresca Branch Library. One of her groups just came out with an […]

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