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Eat, pray, marry? Elizabeth Gilbert’s new memoir

Eat, pray, marry? Elizabeth Gilbert’s new memoir
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Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the New York Times bestseller "Eat, Pray, Love," found herself in a tricky situation. She was in love with a man named Felipe, a Brazilian-born Australian citizen she met in Indonesia, and eternally committed to him – but after their previous marriages had ended in divorce, neither wanted another wedding. But […]

“I Love You, I Hate You, I’m Hungry”

“I Love You, I Hate You, I’m Hungry”

It’s always interesting when a book's opening paragraph states, “This is the best book ever. That’s all you need to know. Trust us.” How do you follow that? Simple, with 181 pages of hilarious single-panel cartoons penned by Bruce Eric Kaplan, the TV producer/writer and frequent contributor to The New Yorker. We talk to Mr. […]

T.C. Boyle’s Wild Child

T.C. Boyle’s Wild Child

A feral boy, a Venezuelan major league ball player, a cloned dog, and rodents galore populate the pages of T.C. Boyle’s new collection of stories, Wild Child. The author of last year’s The Women explores the murky boundary between humans and animals, raising fundamental questions: Who masters whom? How civilized are we? Do our minds […]

In Jobs we trust—Apple’s Tablet promises to change media

In Jobs we trust—Apple’s Tablet promises to change media

Even though Apple refuses to divulge any details about their new tablet computer until Wednesday, it has already caused quite a stir with the publishing world. Apple enthusiasts are quick to claim that this new device could revolutionize the distribution of newspapers, magazines and books in the same way the iPod ushered the music business […]

Child sexual abuse — trauma or myth?

Child sexual abuse — trauma or myth?

It’s widely accepted by psychotherapists that sexual abuse is a traumatic experience for children, causing emotional repercussions that last well into adulthood. But in her controversial new book, “The Trauma Myth,” memory and trauma expert Susan Clancy posits that children, with their limited understanding of sexual matters, aren’t traumatized by these experiences. Clancy interviewed over […]

When Brute Force Fails

When Brute Force Fails

Crime may be down in Los Angeles, but punishment remains a significant state issue, compounded by Gov. Schwarzenegger’s recent urging to privatize prisons. Nationally, one in every hundred men in the U.S. is incarcerated—the highest number in our history and the highest percentage of any country in the world. What’s at the root of this […]

How Warren Beatty seduced America

How Warren Beatty seduced America

With memorable roles in Bonnie and Clyde, Shampoo, Bugsy, and Bulworth, Warren Beatty is one of the most iconic figures in film. Along with Orson Welles, he is the only person to be nominated for four Academy Awards for a single film- though Beatty did it twice, earning actor, director, screenwriter, and producer nominations for […]

Ed Harris in “Wrecks”

Ed Harris in “Wrecks”

Playwright Neil LaBute and Obie/Golden Globe winner, four-time Oscar and Tony nominee Ed Harris are bringing “Wrecks” to the Geffen Playhouse next month. They sit down with Patt to talk about the story of a widower preparing for his wife’s funeral. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

This is your brain at work

This is your brain at work

It's distracted, drained, and deluged by a seemingly constant onslaught of email, meetings and demands. It’s enough to make a brain shut down and—according to author David Rock—it will, especially at 3pm. Why? Our brains aren’t built to focus on complicated things for hours…and hours…on end. But as the economy tightens, employees are taking on […]

Rain, wind and mud – and more rain, wind and mud

Rain, wind and mud – and more rain, wind and mud

The third storm to hit Los Angeles area in a week is bringing heavy rainfall and winds, with officials issuing flash flood watches and evacuation orders in areas at risk for mudslides. With a fourth storm expected tomorrow we get the latest weather forecast and updates on mud flows with our KPCC reporters and homeowners […]