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Should cheerleading become an NCAA sport?

Should cheerleading become an NCAA sport?

Should cheerleading be a sport? The question has vexed universities, sports enthusiasts and feminists for decades, but now two groups have submitted competing proposals to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to recognize cheerleading as an emerging sport for women. Opponents have traditionally said it sends the wrong message to women, that it literally and [...]

LACMA’s fantastical peek into Tim Burton’s brain

LACMA’s fantastical peek into Tim Burton’s brain

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art kicked off its highly anticipated Tim Burton exhibition this past weekend. This major retrospective, which runs through October 31, digs into the dark and quirky world of Burton’s creativity as a director, artist, illustrator, photographer and writer. It includes over 700 drawings, paintings, photos, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks, [...]

Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality

Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-Personality

In recent years, scientists have looked at how the internet affects our brains, but how is it affecting our personalities? In his new book, Stanford University psychiatrist Elias Aboujaoude documents the disturbing phenomena that few medical professionals have written about, or understand, but that any casual observer has noticed. Whether it’s obsessive-compulsively checking e-mail or [...]

Not as dumb as they look

Not as dumb as they look

Mark Goffman’s new documentary Dumbstruck is a humorous and heartfelt story of five ventriloquists as they pursue their dreams of a career in puppetry. The film follows the performers as they take their acts across the United States, the Mexican Riviera, the Bahamas and Japan. The film’s true life characters include Kim, a former Miss [...]

When being rude is fashionable: manners in the age of texting

When being rude is fashionable: manners in the age of texting

We’ve all either done it or been a victim of it: having a conversation with a person who is fully engaged with their phone, whether they are texting or checking sports scores on the web. People walk with their heads down, staring at their phones; parents talk to their kids while answering emails; much more [...]

Orange County journalists’ roundtable

Orange County journalists’ roundtable

Larry and our talented trio of Orange County journalists riff on the latest news from the OC including stories on the crackdown on nudity and gambling in Little Saigon coffeehouses, public employee unions battle with Costa Mesa City Council, how 75 County execs are prospering while county workers are being laid off, Tony Rackauckas standing [...]

Alan Arkin’s “Improvised Life”

Alan Arkin’s “Improvised Life”

The Academy-Award winner Alan Arkin has always been a supremely gifted role-player on screen, delivering deadpan comedy and harrowing realities to his audiences. Now he emerges as a charismatic storyteller, revealing in his memoir, <i>An Improvised Life</i>, his childhood epiphany that ever since the age of five he had wanted to be an actor. However, [...]

Geeks get ahead

Geeks get ahead

If you were popular in high school, look out! Your unpopular geek counterparts are probably going to be more successful than you are. In her new book The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, Alexandra Robbins promotes her “Quirk Theory” which states that the traits that cause people to be excluded from the “in crowd” in [...]

Boneheads: My Search for T. Rex

Boneheads: My Search for T. Rex

Besides devising better methods for putting things up their noses: what could occupy the minds of children more than dinosaurs? There’s a child in us all and although we may grow out of our more primitive aspirations — dinosaurs have continually been a source of curiosity for children and adults alike. <i>Boneheads: My Search for [...]

Michael Shermer’s skeptical take on the brain: can you believe it?

Michael Shermer’s skeptical take on the brain: can you believe it?

Besides having sex for pleasure and cooking food before ingestion, there is one other way in which humans differentiate from the rest of the animal kingdom: our big, believing brains. Michael Shermer, the founder of Skeptic magazine, attempts to explore this heady notion in his new book The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to [...]