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Great Divide

Illustration by Gracia Lam If you live in the same city all your life, as I have here, you tend to see it not just as it is but as...

Child of L.A.

Illustration by Gracia Iam Sometimes when I fly into Los Angeles after a week or two away, I am amazed anew at the sheer size of it. I understand, looking...

Grade Inflation

Illustration by Gracia Lam The TV footage showed chanting students and cops with billy clubs. I figured the broadcast was from a foreign country or an earlier era. I hadn’t...

Page Turner

Illustration by Gracia Lam My desire to be a writer was born among the stacks of my local public library, a low-slung building that still stands on the southeast corner...

Body Beware

Illustration by Gracia LamMy friend and I were looking through her cupboard of vitamins, shelves full of supplements. I had asked her a casual question about how much calcium...

Different Stripes

Illustration by Dan Adel Never, it seems, has someone so exalted, so celebrated, and so talented fallen so far. What’s happened to Tiger Woods is downright Greek: hubris bringing the...

Foul Territory

Illustration by Brian Stauffer Even my non-baseball-watching friends were at least momentarily amused and riveted by the hoopla surrounding the separation of Dodger owners Frank and Jamie McCourt. We are...

The Good-bye Year

Every December I visit my pop. He is in the Westwood Village Memorial Park, which is tucked behind the AMC Avco Center movie houses on Wilshire Boulevard. A relatively...

Going Car Crazy

A close relative needed to buy a car. The aging Camry she was driving had come to the end. The mechanic refused to do one more oil change or...

Step into Liquid

These are the months I long for, the final flare-up of serious warmth before we turn toward the holidays, the cooling nightfall coming earlier and earlier. No, wait, my...