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A heroic, nearly forgotten polar expedition is rediscovered in ‘Madhouse at the End of the Earth’

The early years of the 20 th century were the glory days of polar exploration as adventurers sought to create their own legends by racing across the Arctic and Antarctica while striving to reach the North and South Pole. Stories have been told and re-told about these famed explorers: Robert Falcon Scott’s fatally flawed decision-making, Roald Amundsen’s savvy planning and endless fortitude, Ernest Shackleton’s steadfast, heroic leadership, and Frederick Cook’s scandalous frauds. Yet there’...
Tags: Books, Cook, America, Sport, Earth, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Michael Jordan, Arctic, Antarctica, Belgium, Penguin Random House, North Pole, Antarctic, Ernest Shackleton

How ‘The Good Asian’ comic book series uses detective noir to explore anti-Asian racism

In “The Good Asian,” a nine-part comic book series from writer Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Alexandre Tefenkgi, Edison Hark is a Chinese American detective from Honolulu who has arrived in San Francisco to look for a missing woman. The mystery, set in the 1930s, uses film noir as an inspiration to comment on anti-Asian racism in the United States, particularly the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Immigration Act of 1924. “There are many reasons that people go to fiction,” sa...
Tags: Books, New York, China, America, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Hawaii, Pasadena, Alex, Comic-Con, Moto, John Ridley, Honolulu

What you need to know about growing orchids in Southern California homes and gardens

We tend to think of orchids as delicate plants that need to be kept indoors because of their fragility. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most orchids suffer when grown indoors and will refuse to flower due to lack of light. Whereas the habitat of most orchids – like that of most common houseplants — is the tropical rainforest, there is a significant difference between the niches they inhabit.  Common indoor plants live on the forest floor where light is limited while orchids are typicall...
Tags: Gardening, California, America, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Southern California, San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks, Garden Party, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB

CHP probing reports of gunfire at cars on freeways

Christina Martinez Adame was driving south on the 405 Freeway near Seal Beach Boulevard on April 27 when she heard a loud boom. She said she believes her rear window was shot out. “You had glass coming into the car, the power of the wind going through. I felt like our car was caving in,” Adame, 49, said. Another motorist’s window shattered that day in the same area at about the same time, and these aren’t the only reports of similar incidents. “Every day, somebody is telling me, ‘This happened t...
Tags: News, Shooting, Guns, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Wisconsin, California Highway Patrol, Westminster, CHP, Orange County, Smith, Riverside County, San Diego County, Lapd

Let’s talk tomatoes with our Garden Party newsletter and virtual event series

Spring is here; the birds are chirping; and it’s tomato time. Garden Party, our free newsletter, is packed full of tips for growing great tomatoes. Let Alex Groves guide you on this eight-week tomato journey that includes everything from how to eradicate common tomato pests to tasty recipes to show off that bountiful harvest. Visit http://bit.ly/GardenPartyNewsletter for more information and to sign up. We’re also talking tomatoes on the next edition of the Garden Party Zoom series. Join Alex an...
Tags: Gardening, Laura Simpson, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Alex, San Fernando Valley, Garden Party, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Home + Garden, Top Stories Breeze

How the real-life exploits of a pioneering aviatrix inspired Maggie Shipstead’s novel ‘Great Circle’

There’s a family legend about Maggie Shipstead that is so ironic it still gets retold.  During a family visit to Michigan, Shipstead’s mother asked the 6-year-old Maggie and her brother if they’d like to visit Niagara Falls. “I just burst into tears,” recalls the author. “I was a risk-averse child who didn’t want to go anywhere or do anything new.” Born and raised in Orange County, Shipstead, 38, has since built a career as a literary novelist and travel writer specializing in risky assignm...
Tags: Books, England, Hollywood, London, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Amelia Earhart, New York Times, Antarctica, New Zealand, Orange County, Maggie, Auckland, Stanford University

Why lemon and citronella grasses may be just the mosquito-fighting balm you need

“About a month ago I read that lemon grass is a great deterrent for mosquitoes. Well, I have checked every big box store, called all the local nurseries and have not been able to find any. I would like to know if this plant really works against mosquitoes since we’ve had such a problem the last two years with these little ankle-biters. The thought of fragrant lemon scent is so appealing to me. Is there any chance of finding lemon grass to your knowledge or is it not in season right now? I sure h...
Tags: Gardening, Israel, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Egypt, John, Little League, Lake Tahoe, Melissa, Aaron, Squaw Valley, Hussey, Rosmarinus, San Fernando Valley, Doone Valley

‘Fun Home’ author Alison Bechdel flexes new muscles in ‘Secret to Superhuman Strength’ graphic novel

Alison Bechdel was planning to go for a run following this interview, but now she wasn’t so sure that was going to happen. A storm had deposited several inches of snow outside her home in northern Vermont. “I ran in the snow all winter,” says Bechdel by phone. “but, somehow, in April, it just seems like a bit of an insult.” The cartoonist, author and 2014 MacArthur Fellowship winner says her love of physical activity drives this latest graphic memoir, “The Secret to Superhuman Strength,” which i...
Tags: Books, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Vermont, Comic-Con, Southern California, HMH, Bechdel, Dykes, Alison Bechdel, Fun Home, Jhumpa Lahiri, Stephanie Danler

How to prevent weeds from taking over your lawn

Now that spring is here, everyone is paying attention to their lawns again. Unfortunately, fescue is not the only thing that is growing in many lawns. Bermuda grass, crabgrass and poa annua are some of less desirable species of grass that can appear in an otherwise beautiful lawn. (Yes, I do realize that Southern California is not an ideal climate for large, lush green lawns, but some of us East Coast natives still appreciate a bit of green. I just wanted to put that out there.) If you are plant...
Tags: Gardening, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, East Coast, Bermuda, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Garden Party, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR

What ‘Preserving Los Angeles’ could mean for the future of Southern California cities

When Ken Bernstein was a kid growing up in the San Fernando Valley, he would have his dad drive him around Los Angeles, using a Thomas Guide to explore different neighborhoods. “I had no idea that there were professions around this type of interest,” he says on a recent call from his home office. Bernstein, who is still a Valley resident, became an urban planner. He worked for former Los Angeles City Councilmember Laura Chick before becoming part of the staff for Los Angeles Conservancy. Today, ...
Tags: Books, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Venice, Pasadena, Silver Lake, Southern California, Bernstein, Valley, Westchester, Los Angeles City, Chevalier, San Fernando Valley, Sunland Tujunga

How ‘Murderbot Diaries’ author Martha Wells overcame a career in crisis to create the killer series

There was a time before Martha Wells created Murderbot, the character that narrates her award-winning science fiction series “The Murderbot Diaries,” when she thought her career might be dead. After a successful start in the ‘90s, things had cooled down by the mid-2000s. When the final book in her “Fall of Ile-Rien” trilogy was published without fanfare, the soft-spoken Texan wondered if that was it for her. “I was kind of at that point in my career where, you know, women writers my age were sup...
Tags: Books, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Marvel Comics, Southern California, Wells, Nnedi Okorafor, Binti, Seanan McGuire, Martha Wells, Ile Rien, Murderbot, Denise Hamilton, Top Stories LADN

10 science-fiction and fantasy books and authors Murderbot creator Martha Wells recommends

Science fiction and fantasy author Martha Wells, whose “Murderbot Diaries” series has been nominated for multiple Nebula and Hugo awards, says she found her way to these kinds of stories when she was a child wandering through a branch of her local public library. Missing a turn for the children’s section, she ended up in the adult sci-fi and fantasy books. These days, however, no wrong turns are required because there’s so much great work to read and recommend right now. “People have said that t...
Tags: Books, Things to do, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories PSN, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories WDN

How a real-life killing led to the writing of the novel ‘At the Edge of the Haight’

One night about a decade ago, Katherine Seligman and her husband were driving through Golden Gate Park and a man appeared in front of the car, saying he needed help and that someone was trying to kill him. “We stopped and called the cops,” the San Francisco-based author recalls during a recent phone call. “When they came, they shined a light into the distance and you could see that the kid was lying on the ground and he was dying – in fact, did die.” That frightening event, and the understanding...
Tags: Books, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Elton John, Sudan, Usa Today, Marvel Comics, Paul Revere, Southern California, Golden Gate Park, Haight, Khartoum, Haight Ashbury

Sick and tired: UCLA professor chases the history of fatigue through the centuries

It’s defined as a lack of energy, but carries heavy emotional baggage in go-go, can-do America: If you’re fatigued, you’re weak. Lethargic. Idle. “Sloth” is condemned by the church as one of the seven deadly sins. Emily Abel (Courtesy UCLA) Today, as millions of people with “long COVID” report brain fog and exhaustion that linger months after “recovering” from illness, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor emerita Emily Abel chases the history of fatigue through the centuries in h...
Tags: Health, Books, News, Medicine, La, America, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Virginia Woolf, Ucla, Epstein Barr, LA County, Abel, North Hollywood, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Sick and tired: Former UCLA professor chases the history of fatigue through the centuries

It’s defined as a lack of energy, but carries heavy emotional baggage in go-go, can-do America: If you’re fatigued, you’re weak. Lethargic. Idle. “Sloth” is condemned by the church as one of the seven deadly sins. Emily Abel (Courtesy UCLA) Today, as millions of people with “long COVID” report brain fog and exhaustion that linger months after “recovering” from illness, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor emerita Emily Abel chases the history of fatigue through the centuries in h...
Tags: Health, Books, News, Medicine, La, America, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Virginia Woolf, Ucla, Epstein Barr, LA County, Abel, North Hollywood, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Here’s how Southern California booksellers will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on April 24

will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with literary treats including exclusive books, book-and-reading-themed merchandise, freebies and fun and games on Saturday, with coronavirus precautions in play. The annual event shines the spotlight on independent bookstores each year, celebrating their unique place in the community, and this year, their survival, too, after the struggles of the lockdowns and quarantines brought by COVID-19. Some stores will host virtual author events as part of the c...
Tags: Books, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bob Dylan, Pasadena, Paul Revere, Southern California, Nigella Lawson, Santa Monica, Ziggy Marley, Riverside, David Thomson, Jeff VanderMeer, Vroman, Paul Rudnick

Want pandemic relaxation? Here’s why spending time in outdoor garden spaces might help

As a CEO for a multimillion dollar company where he spent hours in front of a computer screen, Abhi Arora battled stress and anxiety attacks. He found a remedy and refuge in the serene garden spaces designed by his friend Rishi Kumar. Now, Arora and Kumar started Healing Gardens, a business that lets people rent their own garden spaces AirBnB-style. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, more people have been spending time outdoors. But it’s not just exercise that can make us feel better. ...
Tags: Garden, Gardening, California, Sport, Yoko Ono, Things To Do, Soccer, Pasadena, Arlington, Lila, Spokane Washington, St Francis, Goldy, Claremont, Temecula, University of California Irvine

A look at the midnight ride of Paul Revere on April 18-19

Poetic license Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” (see below) is based on historic events, but it is more of a tale and not a historical account. Longfellow wrote the poem after taking a tour of Boston in 1860. He was a pacifist and abolitionist who wrote the poem to try and unify a divided nation on course for the Civil War. Historians have dissected the poem since 1860 and compared it to Revere’s account of the ride in his own words and other historic evidence. The National...
Tags: Travel, Books, News, Boston, California News, Infographic, Sport, Things To Do, Atlantic, Soccer, Lincoln, National Archives, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, Middlesex, National Park Service

Ziggy Marley talks new children’s books, pandemic lockdown and ‘More Family Time’

Like most parents last year, Ziggy Marley found himself hunkered down at home with his wife Orly Agai and experiencing the world of virtual learning with his youngest children. While he lives in Toluca Lake, Marley, a father of seven and the son of late reggae legend Bob Marley, has spent the majority of his life touring and performing for audiences around the world. But with COVID-19 bringing the live events industry to a halt in March 2020, Marley took advantage of the extra time with his broo...
Tags: Books, Music, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bob Dylan, Philip Roth, Streaming, Jamaica, Richard Thompson, Marley, Bob Marley, Southern California, Ziggy Marley, Rage Against The Machine

David Thomson talks about which movie directors made ‘History’ – and who got left out

David Thomson, author of “A Biographical Dictionary of Film,” is perhaps the most celebrated living film historian. And at age 80, he is still exploring and examining the cinematic landscape from every angle. In his new book, “A Light in the Dark: A History of Movie Directors,” he features chapters on Orson Welles, Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock, bringing his personal tastes and sensibility to each of their careers. But he goes well beyond those obvious choices. In his chapter on Jean-Lu...
Tags: Books, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bob Dylan, Philip Roth, Streaming, Miami, Richard Thompson, Spike Lee, Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfred Hitchcock

Why ‘Fearless Gardening’ advocates pushing the limits with ‘cramscaping’

A book replete with horticultural wisdom and inspiration has just been published. In addition to vibrant text and glorious photos that are highly instructional where garden design ideas are concerned, it offers the friendly message that gardeners can do no wrong. Entitled “Fearless Gardening” (Timber Press, 2021), author Loree Bohl is not fazed by the sight of dead plants in her garden. She quotes J. C. Raulston, a highly acclaimed horticulturist who founded an arboretum in North Carolina that b...
Tags: Gardening, Texas, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, North Carolina, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Van Nuys, Garden Party, San Diego Freeway, Primrose, Lavandula, Ganna, Raulston

Richard Thompson describes how Bob Dylan and the Band inspired Fairport Convention

Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson says he resisted the idea of a memoir for years, but once he decided to write one he found his objections soon drifted away. “I think I was reluctant until I got started,” Thompson says during a phone call about his just-published “Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice: 1967-1975.” “And then I realized that I actually enjoyed the process. It was fun to write, especially, you know, the anecdotal stuff. That was easy. “So having embarked on it, it was rewa...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, London, California, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Ap, Things To Do, Soccer, Bob Dylan, New Jersey, New Orleans, Philip Roth

Immigration and family separation policies at the US border inspire comic book ‘Home’

When news of the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border came to light in 2018, the disclosure sent Julio Anta reeling. “I’m not usually surprised by the way that this government treats Latinx people or immigrants of any kind,” says Anta by phone from his home in New York, “but family separation felt different to me. I was shocked by it, like a lot of people were. It made me really angry and it made me really sad and I didn’t know how to deal with that.” The film “Black Panther” had rec...
Tags: Books, New York, Mexico, Superman, US, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Philippines, Reddit, Guatemala, Peter Robinson, Southern California, Ontario, John Ridley, Juan

Inspector Banks author Peter Robinson talks ‘Not Dark Yet’ and writing in the pandemic

The British police detective has long been a popular figure in the crime genre, with characters often crossing over from the page to the TV screen. Holding his own in that lineup is Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, whose creator, Peter Robinson, recently published the sleuth’s 27th outing, “Not Dark Yet” (William Morrow, $29). This time, Banks and his Yorkshire team of investigators are handling three cases simultaneously, all of which may turn out to be related. The DCI Banks series has be...
Tags: Books, England, London, California, Banks, Sport, Things To Do, Canada, Soccer, Yorkshire, Sherlock Holmes, Metropolitan Police, Lawrence Wright, Zelda, Peter Robinson, Raymond Chandler

What every gardener should know about daffodils, society garlic and ginger lilies

The famous trumpeting, cupped receptacle on daffodils is called a corona, and botanists are confounded as to its function. However, the presence of the corona does assist us in explaining why daffodil flowers nod as opposed to staying upright. Were the cupped corona to face the sky, rainwater would collect in it, causing the pollen on the anthers inside of it to rot, preventing pollination and seed formation from taking place. It is worth noting that daffodil species that bloom in the fall have ...
Tags: Gardening, Mexico, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ohio, Himalayas, Mediterranean, Musa, Garden Party, Narcissus, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB

Years after the killing of her cousin, a TV veteran digs into her family’s complex history

When Elle Johnson was 16, her 16-year-old cousin, Karen, was shot and killed while working at a Burger King. The event understandably scarred Johnson, and it helped shape her work as a writer and producer on shows like “CSI: Miami,” “Law & Order” and “Bosch.” But equally influential in her life and her work was her domineering father, a strict New York City parole officer who Johnson came to feel raised her and her sister as if they were parolees themselves. Johnson, who has used fragments...
Tags: Books, New York City, America, Sport, Karen, Things To Do, Soccer, Miami, Johnson, Ucla, Southern California, Ontario, Torres, Ramirez, Claremont, Scott Turow

Ontario-raised poet John Murillo receives Claremont’s $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award

Poet John Murillo was named the 2021 winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award on Wednesday for his recent collection “Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry,” according to officials at Claremont Graduate University, which hosts the award. The Kingsley Tufts Award, which is said to be the largest monetary prize in the world for a single collection of poetry, goes to a mid-career poet. The Kate Tufts Discovery Award, which goes to poets at the start of their career, was awarded to Jake Skeets for “Eyes Bottle Dar...
Tags: Books, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Navajo Nation, Frost, Ontario, Pomona, Donnelly, Claremont, Wesleyan University, Murillo, Claremont Graduate University, Richard Avedon, Timothy Donnelly

Rickie Lee Jones talks ‘Last Chance Texaco’ and tales of music, heartache, addiction and family

Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones says she decided to write her life story for one simple reason. The material was just so good. “I know I have great stories to tell,” she says recently by phone from her home in New Orleans. “I’ve told a few to audiences in live shows, and told them to friends, and watched them play in my head again and again.” Readers can now get the chance to experience these tales themselves in Jones’s memoir, “Last Chance Texaco,” which hit stores on April 6. She recounts t...
Tags: Books, Music, Bruce Springsteen, California, Washington, Robin Williams, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Tom Waits, Things To Do, Soccer, Ireland, Bob Dylan, Arizona

How dwarf tomatoes have become a trendy addition to garden spaces

For thousands of years, home gardeners who have wanted to grow unique heirloom tomato varieties have had to contend with massive, sprawling plants. But dwarf tomato plants, which pack full-size fruit on compact stalks, are growing in popularity. As home gardeners picked up growing plants during the coronavirus pandemic but didn’t necessarily have the space for a full-size garden, dwarf tomatoes found their way into containers on patios and balconies. And while a couple decades ago you’d be hard-...
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Grow with our Garden Party newsletter and virtual event series

Whether you love big heirloom tomatoes on a BLT or the sweet pop of cherry tomatoes in a pasta salad, Garden Party wants to help you grown them better. Sign up for our free weekly newsletter and for eight weeks reporter Alex Groves will guide you to growing great tomatoes and help you avoid the pitfall of pests, diseases and more. We’ll even include some recipes for when those tomato babies are ripe. Visit http://bit.ly/GardenPartyNewsletter for more information on this free newsletter. If you p...
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