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Benz Generation

The 1980s diesel Mercedes-Benz sedan, once beloved of Beverly Hills housewives, Santa Monica dentists, Century City agents, and Sheila E. (she name-checked the car in her ode to “the...

My Life As a Very Naughty Boy

Every decent pervert establishes limits to his perversion. I won’t give my credit card number to porn sites, get a lap dance, introduce a third party into a relationship,...

Rules of Engagement

The bride’s mother was all done up. She was wearing a white pantsuit with high strappy red sandals, her makeup immaculate. She was giddy, warm, and good-natured about the...

The Don Juan of Our Time

Six times I tried to learn his secret. Sis different times I made a good hard run at it. The second time was at a restaurant in West Hollywood,...

Toy Story

How El Segundo-based Mattel managed to help consumers forget why millions of its products were recalled last year

Best Trick-or-Treating

Illustration by Nishant Choski October 31 is the one night of the year you’re guaranteed to see people walking the streets of L.A. That’s when entire neighborhoods—let’s call them Halloweenlands—transform...

Calabasas

From Chumash Indians to Spanish explorers, Basque rancho owners to scrappy homesteaders, 1920s artists to D-list reality stars, the famed oaks of Calabasas have shaded generations of residents. When...

Elaine Kim

Import/export: In the 1980s, Elaine Kim introduced Melrose shoppers to European labels like Ann Demeulemeester and Costume National at her boutique, Ecru. In the next decade she launched her...

Postscript: In the Line of Fire

A year and a half ago, when we sat down at the magazine to talk over the idea of a story about Southern California’s wildfire season, we knew very...

Sex in L.A.

It’s been a couple of millennia since the Roman Empire’s carnal heyday, and we still don’t understand sex. Why do lovers grow bored in bed? Why do celebrities like...