Up on White Oak Place


san fernando valley, originally uploaded by dugm2. Up on White Oak Place last night: a party for a magazine launch. The winds were blowing. Buzzing flocks of valet parkers ran to grab cars as partygoers arrived. A for-sale mansion had been rented, an ornate and preposterously rococo place, elaborate and overdone; sunk under the weight…

Madeleine Brand Back on KPCC.


About a year and a half ago, KPCC's 9am morning show, Day to Day, was ripped off the schedule, a victim of budget cuts. In its place was a lamentable and irritating BBC syndicated broadcast. One could listen to the particularly British view of the world, with its respectful Hamas interviews; 20 minute long dissertations…

KTLA-a Distinguished and Trusted Source of Local News.


Here are some stories gathering front page news headlines on the KTLA Website: 50 Ridiculous Celebrity "Duck" Faces Accused 'Craigslist' Killer Found Dead in Cell Photo Mom, Grandma Accused of Pimping Out Young Girl 2-year old Dead, Sister, 3, Critical After Crawling into Hot Car 2 Teens Die in 'Choking Game': Cops Warn Parents Jet…

LA: Portrait of a City


KPCC.


KPCC is having another one of their fund drives. I have to speak up about how personally attached I feel to this radio station. Public radio seems to be one of the last intelligent, insightful and informative sources of news and culture that exists. Our culture is becoming vastly more stupid everyday with an assault…

Thomas Friedman: Is this Guy Paid to Write?


I don't think I have ever seen such a poorly written column as that penned by the New York Times' columnist Thomas Friedman. It is galling how grammatically lazy he writes: "We have created a system for growth that depended on our building more and more stores to sell more and more stuff made in…