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Transforming the American landscape

Transforming the American landscape

Central Park and Prospect Park in New York, Stanford University, and the Capitol Grounds in Washington, D.C. are well known for their cultural significance and their beauty but few could identify their designer, Frederick Law Olmstead. In his new book Genius of Place, Justin Martin explores the life and exploits of the man who created [...]

Now and Then: Film and urban history collide

Now and Then: Film and urban history collide

How did Harold Lloyd turn New York and Los Angeles “into his very own romper room?” During the Golden Age of Comedy, Lloyd’s pictures sold more tickets than any other comic actor of his time. In Silent Visions, a new book by John Bengtson, the film historian explores the settings found in Lloyd’s comedy classics [...]

Obama is a [rhymes with quick]: How far can one go in insulting the president?

Obama is a [rhymes with quick]: How far can one go in insulting the president?

Mark Halperin is a mostly mild mannered political editor at TIME magazine and a contributor to MSNBC—far from an ideological bomb thrower, the epithet that he muttered on the MSBNC show “Morning Joe” was all the more shocking. Characterizing President Obama’s demeanor during his press conference on Wednesday, Halperin said “I thought he was kind [...]

National HIV Testing Week

National HIV Testing Week

If you’ve been putting off that HIV test, here’s your chance. From now through Friday, Los Angeles County is providing free, confidential HIV tests at a variety of locations. The L.A. County Department of Public Health stresses the importance of these tests, as new cases of HIV in Los Angeles are perpetuated by those who [...]

David Mamet, the reformed “brain-dead liberal,” on how the Left is dismantling American culture

David Mamet, the reformed “brain-dead liberal,” on how the Left is dismantling American culture

David Mamet, the famous playwriter and director, whose works include films The Untouchables, The Verdict, and Wag the Dog and plays American Buffalo and Pulitzer-prize winning Glengarry Glen Ross, is a self-proclaimed “reformed liberal.” For the past thirty years, Mamet depicted the rationale behind liberal thought in his plays and movies as his underdog characters [...]

Never say never

Never say never

How do you tell people NOT to do, say or forget something? In his new book Neverisms, quotation collector Dr. Mardy Grothe comes up with a couple thousand different ways to tell someone not to do something. With each quote beginning in “never,” Grothe offers up a broad range of witty and profound advice about [...]

Should we give corporations a tax holiday?

Should we give corporations a tax holiday?

Some of the biggest U.S. companies operating overseas, including Cisco, Google Inc, Apple, Pfizer Inc., and Microsoft Corp. want to come back home and bring their money and jobs with them. The only problem is repatriation comes at a price—they get hit with a 35 percent tax on profits when they return. So now some [...]

Looking forward to it

Looking forward to it

Is the glass half empty, or half full? According to neuroscientist Tali Sharot, our brains might be hardwired to go with the latter. In her new book, The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain, Sharot explains how and why human beings are relentlessly positive in light of dire circumstances by drawing upon [...]

A bright idea? Republicans attempt repeal of pending incandescent light bulb restrictions

A bright idea? Republicans attempt repeal of pending incandescent light bulb restrictions

Come New Year’s Day 2012, you won’t be able to buy your standard 100-Watt incandescent bulb anywhere in the country. That is, unless the current chair of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee can convince Congress to repeal the ban. The original Energy Independence and Security Act, or CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 was [...]

ET, come home

ET, come home

The search for extraterrestrial life isn’t only for science fiction. There are startling new discoveries being made in astrobiology, a new field blending astronomy, biology and geology, that raise questions about the definition of life and what it would mean to the human race if we found it on another planet. In the new book [...]

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