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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


LitFest Pasadena offers a weekend of virtual book and author programming on May 15-16

LitFest Pasadena 2021 will present a packed weekend of panels on a wide array of topics, many of them with Southern California themes. The annual event, which was forced to cancel a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returns Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16, with online virtual events featuring dozens of novelists, poets, and non-fiction writers. In addition to panel discussions scheduled to run 50 minutes each, LitFest Pasadena has short programming planned to fill the remaining 10 minutes of...
Tags: Books, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Don, John Powers, Duane Swierczynski, Alison Bechdel, Encino, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN


How to get started with herb gardening and how to keep cilantro from bolting

Q: I’m interested in growing parsley and rosemary as my first herbs, are they hard to maintain? A: Herb gardening is an excellent entry point into edible gardening. They don’t take up too much room, they are (generally) less fussy about growing conditions, and fresh herbs really add a lot to home cooking. Perennial herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme, bay laurel, marjoram and oregano produce all year round, but their flavors will be strongest during the summer and early fall months. These herbs ...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Mediterranean, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Garden Party, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden, Top Stories SGVT


An autistic Encino woman and her mother tell their story in ‘I Have Been Buried Under Years of Dust’

At 25, Emily Grodin had a life-changing experience. The turning point came when Grodin, who is autistic and minimally verbal, learned to type and began using a method known as facilitated communication to express her thoughts and advocate for her own needs. Now she, along with her mother Valerie Gilpeer, are sharing their story in the joint memoir “I Have Been Buried Under Years of Dust,” published by William Morrow. Much of this Encino-based family’s struggle involves the struggle of finding th...
Tags: Books, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Emily, William Morrow, Encino, American Speech Language Hearing Association, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories PE, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN, Stephanie Lewis, Emily Grodin


An autistic woman and her mother tell their story in ‘I Have Been Buried Under Years of Dust’

At 25, Emily Grodin had a life-changing experience. The turning point came when Grodin, who is autistic and minimally verbal, learned to type and began using a method known as facilitated communication to express her thoughts and advocate for her own needs. Now she, along with her mother Valerie Gilpeer, are sharing their story in the joint memoir “I Have Been Buried Under Years of Dust,” published by William Morrow. Much of this Encino-based family’s struggle involves the struggle of finding th...
Tags: Books, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Emily, William Morrow, American Speech Language Hearing Association, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories PE, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN, Stephanie Lewis, Emily Grodin, Grodin


Ever rising for their roses, Huntington Botanical Gardens’ Grateful Deadheaders clip to conquer

Head Gardener John Villarreal speaks with volunteer Gloria Sierra as she deadheads roses in The Huntington Rose Garden on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in San Marino. Volunteers, who call themselves “Grateful Deadheaders,” are busy during the rose garden’s peak bloom. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Gloria Sierra walks through The Huntington Rose Garden on her way to a bed that needs pruning on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in San Marino. Sierra and the other volunteers, who cal...
Tags: Gardening, News, New York City, Environment, America, Los Angeles, Sport, History, Things To Do, Soccer, Tokyo, San Jose, Epa, Sierra, Maria, San Marino


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: 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


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


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


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



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