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John Irving

John Irving

Author John Irving holds his Oscar for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Published for ‘The Cider House Rules’ at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles 26 March 2000. Credit: Scott Nelson/AFP/Getty Images Academy Award winning screenwriter and novelist John Irving credits includes “The Cider House Rules” and “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” […]

Are we a nation of philosophers?

Are we a nation of philosophers?

In recent years, the United States has been taken to task by scholars who claim that we live in an age of unreason, misinformation and blind acceptance. Given the results of some opinion polls, you might be tempted to believe them. However, Carlin Romano is not so quick to judge. In fact, his new book […]

The Outsourced Self

The Outsourced Self

A group of nannies carrying babies in strollers. Credit: Eccie/flickr cc You know that phrase, my life is in your hands? Now we’re paying people to make that true. You can hire people to bear your child, to plan your wedding, to coach your entire life. How much of our lives should we outsource? Read […]

Dining ethically: a guide for foodies in L.A. and nationwide

Dining ethically: a guide for foodies in L.A. and nationwide

In-N-Out Burger is one of the most ethically sound restaurants for workers. Credit: Mel Bouzad/Getty Images When you dine out, you may watch what you eat to stay healthy, but have you ever considered the ethical implications of what you’re consuming from that restaurant? How do the nation’s major restaurants treat their employees? Do they […]

Motorcycle fatalities increase nationwide as helmet laws grow less strict

Motorcycle fatalities increase nationwide as helmet laws grow less strict

A man rides his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in front of Oakland Harley-Davidson on July 19, 2011 in Oakland, California. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Highway fatalities have seen a sharp drop off over the last decade, except in one arena: motorcyclists. Despite the fact that helmets have been proven by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention […]

Gay parenting studies under the microscope

Gay parenting studies under the microscope

Opponents of Proposition 8, California’s anti-gay marriage bill, Ben, 9, (R) Sophie, 10, (L) and their mother Ellen Evans celebrate at Los Angeles City Hall on February 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Recently, a study on the children of gay and lesbian parents made headlines, but not just because of […]

JC Penney’s featuring two dads for Father’s Day

JC Penney’s featuring two dads for Father’s Day

Shoppers arrive at a J.C. Penney store at the Ford City Mall on January 26, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images JC Penney has a new look for father’s day, sort of. The clothes look close to what you might imagine, but instead of a straight-from-central-casting suburban family with a father, mother, and […]

Will your living will cover all bases?

Will your living will cover all bases?

Do you have a living will? Credit: John Moore/Getty Images If you’ve ever had a family member in a terminal state, you know the the heart-wrenching decisions that must be made about how – or whether – to treat them. If our loved one isn’t able to speak for themselves, how do we make those […]

L.A. Film Fest returns to Downtown Los Angeles

L.A. Film Fest returns to Downtown Los Angeles

Actor Mark Ruffalo arrives at the premiere of Focus Features’ “The Kids Are All Right” during the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival held at Regal Cinemas at LA Live Downtown on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Los Angeles is better known for making films than it is for […]

Life before birth and after death: The Mansion of Happiness explores all

Life before birth and after death: The Mansion of Happiness explores all

Benjamin Franklin once famously wrote, ‘nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes’. But in her new book historian, Harvard professor and New Yorker columnist, Jill Lepore explores our purpose on the planet beyond payments to Uncle Sam and our descent to the grave. The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life […]