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Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half

A story of two Black sisters from the south by an LA author
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The Compton Cowboys by Walter Thompson-Hernández

Local journalist chronicles the lives of the Compton Cowboys
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Digital Summer Camp with Children’s Authors

Excellent resources for summer activities from children's book authors and illustrators
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Giving Back: FarmLink

College kids transporting farm produce to cities during Covid supply chain disruption
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Wide Open School

New curated site for content

The Overstory by Richard Powers


Richard Powers’ The Overstory is a big long read, as massive as the redwoods that he chronicles so lovingly. It’s easy to put aside, which I did for about 9 months after it won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for


Secret Staircase Adventure in Hollywoodland

Los Angeles has a web of short, steep staircases built into hilly neighborhoods. While it may be the case that the staircases are not so "secret" anymore, that doesn't actually seem like a bad thing.

Sounds of the World: NYT Special Edition

I just spent an interesting half hour listening (and watching) a special edition of the New York Times called “Listen to the World”. I had dinner over the weekend with a BOD member of the venerated paper, who alerted me …


Match the Museum: Summer 2018

The weather is gorgeous today, but a heat wave is headed our way. Why not duck into an air-conditioned museum to escape for a few hours? Here's a round-up to help you match your mood to the excellent shows in town right now.