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Il Postino – Daniel Catan’s premiere opera tells the story of poetry, passion and friendship

Il Postino – Daniel Catan’s premiere opera tells the story of poetry, passion and friendship

When Pablo Neruda accepted the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971, he was beloved by his Chilean countryman and respected worldwide for his elegant sonnets and often sensual poems, some addressed to tomatoes, to salt, to a pair of knitted socks. Chilean novelist Antonio Skarmeta in 1985 based his novella <i>Il Postino</i> on Neruda’s life [...]

TitleWave: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom

TitleWave: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom

“What about those cloth diapers? Worth the bother? And was it true that you could still get milk delivered in glass bottles? Were the Boy Scouts OK politically? Was bulgur really necessary? Where to recycle batteries? How to respond when a poor person of color accused you of destroying her neighborhood? Was it true that [...]

Martin Landau is still lovely

Martin Landau is still lovely

He starred as the romantic male lead in <i>Lovely, Still</i>, opening this week, and don’t think he’s lost his chops. Martin Landau won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1994 for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, and was nominated for his roles in Crimes and Misdemeanors and Tucker: The Man and [...]

Nap versus coffee: sleeping and stimulating our way to greater productivity

Nap versus coffee: sleeping and stimulating our way to greater productivity

Most people get sleepy at some point in the afternoon. That’s why we have afternoon tea or a coffee break; get some caffeine, get back to work. But is that really the right solution? In some cultures, people take a siesta—a short nap to recharge and revive. Try that in the US, and you’ll get [...]

Dexter is Delicious

Dexter is Delicious

Would you knowingly invite a serial killer into your home? No? What if it was Dexter Morgan? Jeff Lindsay, the man behind the Dexter television and book series, joins Patt to discuss the differences between the two story lines, why he decided to write his protagonist as a murderer and how he managed to make [...]

Medicating the megacities

Medicating the megacities

More than half the world’s population now lives in cities, and the percentage is growing rapidly. Our bodies often pay a heavy price for urban living – from asthma, heart disease and diabetes, to alcohol and drug abuse. Now, scientists are researching ways through environmental medicine to counteract some of those negative effects. Could a [...]

Why can’t they just shoot them in the legs? Questioning police tactics in fatal shootings

Why can’t they just shoot them in the legs? Questioning police tactics in fatal shootings

When LAPD officers arrived on the scene in Westlake last week they were confronted by a loud, aggressive, seemingly crazy man with a knife, and reports of that man threatening other people in the vicinity. The situation ended very badly for that man, Guatemalan day laborer Manuel Jamines, who was shot dead by the officers [...]

The world’s oldest profession always finds a way: getting around Craigslist censored bar

The world’s oldest profession always finds a way: getting around Craigslist censored bar

The world stopped rotating and nearly fell off its axes last week when it was announced that the prudent people at Craigslist shut down their adult services section. Succumbing to state attorneys’ demands to do more to block illicit ads promoting prostitution, they decided to take down the section entirely, denying easy access to adult [...]

“I’m With Fatty” author weighs in on food, failure & losing fifty pounds in fifty miserable weeks

“I’m With Fatty” author weighs in on food, failure & losing fifty pounds in fifty miserable weeks

“I'm with Fatty” chronicles Edward Ugel’s yearlong journey to figure out how to live in a world without dim sum, prosciutto, and constant culinary gratification. Ugel is a committed foodie but at 36 years old, he weighed in at 263 pounds. His doctor ordered him to drop fifty or risk keeling over in line at [...]

Evangelical NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on stem cell court rulings

Evangelical NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on stem cell court rulings

An appeals court ruled yesterday to resume federal funding of embryonic stem cell research after U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth issued a preliminary order barring the funding on Aug. 23. That’s the kind of skirmish skeptical scientists envisioned when President Obama appointed the evangelical Dr. Francis Collins head of the National Institutes of Health [...]