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  • Will and Kate visit L.A.: Locals' top 10 southern California must-sees

    Royal newlyweds William and Kate have a busy, business-first itinerary for their three-day visit to southern California, which begins Friday. If they had asked us, we’d have given them these 10 tips for how to savor the SoCal experience. For every obvious tourist gambit, we’ve thrown in some insider info about where to pan for the best Angeleno cultural gold.
    07/08/2011 08:48 pm

  • "Gone With the Wind" quiz: How well do you know America's favorite novel?

    Seventy-five years ago this month an unknown young journalist from Atlanta published her first book, a love story set in the South during the US Civil War. Today, "Gone With the Wind" is one of the most widely read novels in the world. How well do you know this classic American tale of romance and war?
    06/07/2011 05:28 pm

  • 7 reasons we still give a damn about "Gone With the Wind"

    Seventy-five years ago this month, a novel by an unknown young journalist from Atlanta was published. Originally submitted as a manuscript stuffed into dozens of manila folders, the book was a love story set against the backdrop of the US Civil War. Today, Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind” remains one of the bestselling books of all time. It has been translated into 35 languages, sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide, won a Pulitzer Prize, and earned eight Academy Awards as a Hollywood motion picture. Here are some of the many reasons we still love "GWTW."
    06/07/2011 01:10 pm

  • Diggin' It Daylilies are wonderful flowers, but, oh, their names

    About 1,000 new daylilies are registered every year. It's obviously not easy to come up with names for all of them. You could have a garden growing 142 daylies with some variation of the name 'plum' or 314 with 'peach.'
    05/12/2011 08:50 am

  • From 'Glory' to 'Gone With the Wind,' fascination with Civil War endures

    The Civil War, which began 150 years ago Tuesday, has long been a potent theme in film – highlighted by the release of a new Civil War film by Robert Redford Friday.
    04/12/2011 07:17 pm

  • In Pictures Black History Month
  • Opinion I'm not a Tiger Mother, but I (secretly) admire Amy Chua

    A parent such as Chua who takes charge against an unrelenting culture of stupidity should be admired, not scorned. She should not be defending herself; instead, we should be taking notes.
    01/25/2011 10:44 am

  • 10 Asian authors you need to know: the Man Asian Literary Prize longlist

    The best thing about annual literary prizes is the way they alert us to authors and books we otherwise might have missed. The Man Asian Literary Prize ($30,000 awarded to the author of the best novel by an Asian author written in or translated into English) is no exception. The 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize will be awarded in March. The longlist for the award – announced this week – features the writers below.
    12/14/2010 12:18 pm

  • My Reading Life

    One of America’s most popular writers tells how the act of reading became his salvation.
    11/10/2010 06:05 am

  • Vox News Sarah Palin and Jon Stewart agree on this: News media are bad influence

    The media are berated as 'corrupt' (per Sarah Palin) and as a 'conflictinator' (per Jon Stewart). Is it a case of shooting the messenger, or did news media miss the mark in Election 2010?
    11/01/2010 08:09 pm

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What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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