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Kids on trains, planes and in restaurants: Is there a thin line between a brat and a bad day?

Kids on trains, planes and in restaurants: Is there a thin line between a brat and a bad day?

CNN columnist LZ Granderson has no patience for your unruly “brats,” especially if they use his plane seat as a jungle gym. He’s not as enamored with your kids as you are and expects some level of common courtesy and good parenting when the little buggers are out in public. Are parents these days afraid [...]

Do NOT steal this book!

Do NOT steal this book!

Have you ever shoplifted? If so, you’re one of approximately 27 million Americans who “boost” products from retail outlets every year. For such a rampant practice, it has traditionally been rejected by academia and the media as a legitimate topic of study and discussion. In The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting, Rachel Shteir attempts [...]

Genetics vs. environment: the cause of autism is again up for debate with a new series of studies

Genetics vs. environment: the cause of autism is again up for debate with a new series of studies

It’s a decades-old mystery that, at times, has turned into a contentious debate: what are the causes of autism and why have the cases of autistic children skyrocketed within the past 30 years? The debate over the causes of autism has centered on whether genetic or environmental factors play the bigger roles, and opinions have [...]

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 [...]