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Troubled Waters

Los Angeles magazine, July 2008By Kevin Roderick“Isn’t this beautiful?” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asks through his biggest smile, a walking Eddie Bauer ad in blue jeans, a wool scarf, and...

The Golden Boy

Los Angeles magazine, June 2008Wearing a large American flag around his neck, Ryan Hall weaves through the mirrored corridors of Tavern on the Green. The lanky marathoner from Big...

So You Wanna…Learn to Surf

Photograph by Shutterstock1 Coast the Beaches Summer is a good time for newbies to learn since the water is warmer (though swells can be sparse)....

Soaking in the Pier with Chiwetel Ejiofor

Los Angeles magazine, May 2008 Chiwetel Ejiofor is dumbfounded. After lunch at the Lobster, we’re enjoying a constitutional on the Santa Monica Pier when the actor, dressed in jeans, a...

Learn to Meditate

1.   Do Your Research There are as many approaches to meditation as there are lotus blossoms in haiku. To find one that resonates with you, poke around the Bodhi...

Gravity’s Angel

When Ross Macdonald finished what would become his final detective novel, he knew the genre was changing.Perhaps for that reason few of the victims are entirely blameless, few of...

Funny Man

Photograph by Jill Greenberg I can’t say. I have spent hours with Woody Harrelson, and I can tell you I’ve never met anyone as vague about his life. His...

City of Industry

Los Angeles magazine, February 2008The entertainment business may get top billing in this town, but what would happen if it up and went away? Not as much as you...

Life After Death

In the opening of Raymond Chandler’s 1940 novel, Farewell, My Lovely, a black South Los Angeles bar owner is murdered, and an overworked homicide detective named Nulty catches the...

Dinner with Patty LuPone

Photograph courtesy pattilupone.net Gotta sing, gotta dance, gotta act! From Evita to Fantine, Norma Desmond to Mrs, Lovett, Patti LuPone has inhabited some of theater's most recognizable characters. Now the...