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Augusten Burroughs’ new book gives advice on how to survive your past

Augusten Burroughs’  new book gives advice on how to survive your past

“This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike” by Augusten Burroughs Credit: St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan If you’ve read any of Augusten Burroughs’ books – especially “Running with Scissors,” his debut – you know that the author did not have a pleasant [...]

Examining the words we use to define America

Examining the words we use to define America

“The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, And Define A Nation” Credit: By Stephen Prothero In “The American Bible: How our Words Unite, Divide and Define a Nation,” author Stephen Prothero looks to recover our tradition of political discourse and civility. From the point of view that our two-party system and largely our political [...]

Gay civil rights bills race to the Supreme Court, but which has the best shot?

Gay civil rights bills race to the Supreme Court, but which has the best shot?

Opponent of Proposition 8, California’s anti-gay marriage bill, Eddie Reynoso celebrates at Los Angeles City Hall on February 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the voter-approved Proposition 8 measure violates the civil rights of gay men and lesbians. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images [...]

The sweet sounds of obsolescence

The sweet sounds of obsolescence

“Beep, beep, beep,” says the Touch-Tone phone. “Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine….[or] the textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR.” It’s that fear of audio extinction that led Chatanooga State Community College [...]

The euro, the European Union, and you

The euro, the European Union, and you

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media following talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Chancellery on January 9, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The two leaders discussed the ongoing Eurozone debt crisis as well as a possible European financial transaction tax, among other topics. ( Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images If you haven’t been [...]

Lance Armstrong wrestles big tobacco over Prop 29

Lance Armstrong wrestles big tobacco over Prop 29

LIVESTRONG Founder and Chairman and seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (L) speaks as American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Chief Executive John Seffrin (R) listens during a news conference at the National Press Club March 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images Cycling star Lance Armstrong is known for overcoming great [...]

Are the Kings hungry enough to bring the Stanley Cup to LA?

Are the Kings hungry enough to bring the Stanley Cup to LA?

Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings shoots the game winning goal in overtime against Dainius Zubrus #8 and Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils during Game One of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final. Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Los Angeles better get ready to catch hockey fever. Last week, The L.A. [...]

Lance Armstrong wrestles big tobacco over Prop. 29

Lance Armstrong wrestles big tobacco over Prop. 29

LIVESTRONG Founder and Chairman and seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (L) speaks as American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Chief Executive John Seffrin (R) listens during a news conference at the National Press Club March 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images Cycling star Lance Armstrong is known for overcoming great [...]

Local food producers go legit

Local food producers go legit

Mark Stambler’s award winning pain levain. Credit: Kevin Ferguson Mark Stambler is a home bread maker who spent years perfecting his craft and finally came up with a product he could sell to local shops in his Los Feliz neighborhood. His bread making attracted so much attention that the Los Angeles Times published a long [...]

Ina May Gaskin on birthing the home birth movement

Ina May Gaskin on birthing the home birth movement

Yailin Melissa Turcios, who was born about 20 minutes prior, is in the arms of midwife, Joni McCann, as her mother talks on the cell phone to relatives at the Birthing Center of South Florida October 16, 2006 in Florida City, Florida. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images In the 1970s, Ina May Gaskin led a caravan [...]