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Madeleine Albright

LAO__MadeleineAlbright.jpg The Secretary of State for President Bill Clinton was in Culver City.

Kwame Anthony Appiah

LAO__Kwame-Anthony-Appiah-.jpg Gary caught up with Kwame Anthony Appiah, the philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist, outside the Central Library.

Harlan Ellison, dangerous visionary

harlan-ellison-site.png Joel Bellman: Ellison, who always bristled at being labeled a science fiction writer, died at age 84.

LA Observed Notes: Gaza to El Segundo, Kilauea to Burbank

century-plaza-construc.jpg A shooting on camera. A local news paywall. Media notes, media people, selected tweets and more.

Backstage at the Huntington

tls-huntington.jpg A few quick photos from behind the scenes at the Huntington Library in San Marino.

Caravan Books closed

LAO__CaravanClosed.jpg Leonard Bernstein in the now-empty Caravan Book Store.

Caravan Book Store closing

LAO_CaravanBooks.jpg Gary photographs owner Leonard Bernstein before the final closure of downtown's Caravan Book Store.

Barnes & Noble closes in Santa Monica

bn-sm.jpg That leaves one chain bookstore west of the Grove, unless you count the new Amazon store in Century City.

Pop Sixties

LAO_DonnaLoren.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs each week at LA Observed.

LA Observed Notes: Bookstore stays open, NPR pact

Ford-Ampitheatre_TomBonner.jpg NPR staffers won't face a strike. Obits for Martin Landau, George Romero, Bill Smith and Tenny Tenusian. Selected tweets.

Al Franken in Los Angeles many times over

al-franken-cover-cropped.jpg Sen. Franken was on KPCC Friday and is talking about his new book in Beverly Hills (twice) and in Glendale.

His British invasion - and ours

myBI-crop.jpg I was delighted when my old Rhino Records boss, Harold Bronson, recently published "My British Invasion," his personal paean to an era some of us never stopped loving.

Press freedom under Trump and the Festival of Books

writersbloc4panel.jpg I will be moderating a journalism panel on Monday night and then, on Saturday, signing and schmoozing at the Times book festival.

Amy Dawes, 56, journalist and author

amy-dawes-iw.jpg The Los Angeles entertainment journalist and author of "Sunset Boulevard: Cruising The Heart of Los Angeles” has died of cancer.

Richard Schickel, 84, film critic, director and author

richard-schickel-post-by-er.jpg "A giant of American film criticism," Kenneth Turan says of Schickel, the longtime Time critic, author and documentary maker.
Ring-Lardner-320.jpg Rapoport and David Davis discuss the first book that collects Lardner's daily journalism.

Kevin Starr, 76, the historian of California

kevin-starr-sf-chronicle.jpg The top contender for the title of preeminent observer of our state "chronicled the history of California as no one else," Gov. Jerry Brown said.

The Rams were the original 'Hollywood's Team'

bob-waterfield-lapl.jpg The Rams' return to LA has been a disaster, but a new book by Jim Hock remembers when the NFL team's relationship with the city was something special.

'History of the Central Library'

LAO_LAPL_TomLaBonge.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Friends with books: Two men of Mars

myrbcollection.jpg Two longtime friends recently published a pair of books about a couple of lifelong heroes of mine.

Indies First on Small Business Saturday!

Support your local merchants -- that means shop and BUY.

It is happening here

itcanthappenhere-wire.jpg The angry workers...the anxious middle class...the jittery rich...the discontented military--Senator "Buzz" Windrip brought them all together with his combination of...

LA Observed Notes: Early voting, media moves and more

voting-line-nohwd.jpg Queuing to vote across LA, Trump's last stand, and why the sports department hates election night.

When Ring Lardner covered the Cubs

Ramiro-Gomez-watches-cubs.jpg He put poetry in the players' mouths, invented feuds and covered baseball in a manner never attempted before and never dared since.

Gordon Davidson excerpt: 'Opening Night at the Taper'

Gordon_Davidson_Directing_C.jpg Davidson, the founding artistic director of Center Theatre Group, died at age 83. This is from an unpublished biography.

Hollywood night: A mellower Ovitz and Meyer together

miller-ovitz-meyer-ltla.jpg Tickets were hard to come by when the creators of CAA sat together on stage for the first time in two decades.

Josh Kun, 4 other Angelenos win MacArthur grants

josh-kun-macarthur.jpg This year's local genius grant winners have ties to USC, Caltech and CalArts.

From wildlife to pets: The fate of urban nature?

square-hawk-crop.jpg A lively multispecies gathering at the infamous Mountain Mermaid Inn in Topanga Canyon raised the question: What happens when we are the owner of animals and all wildlife are pets? This is what we are learning now.

Carolyn See, 82, LA author and critic

carolyn-see.jpg See was "the defining voice for a certain kind of California experience in the mid-’70s and 1980s."

Media and book notes for a summer weekend

press-club-awards-banner-2016.jpg Coming, goings, awards and Donald Trump. Plus that LAT photographer pleads no contest and gets community service.
mystery-imagination-bookstore.jpg Big sale starts today then the Brand Boulevard shop will move online.

'Outlander' a great fit for TV writer Anne Kenney

sam-heughan-anne-kenney-out.jpg Kenney has been around since "L.A. Law" but the Starz show "Outlander" has changed her life.

Inside the eye of the Outlander storm

claire-jamie-grab.jpg Writers Bloc invited the stars of "Outlander" for a panel in Beverly Hills and insanity ensued.

The making of 'All the President's Men'

redford-atpm.jpg Forty years before "Spotlight" reminded movie-goers what reporters actually do, ATPM was the film making college students want to study journalism.

City of irreconcilable dreams

dream-cities-cover-320.jpg A new history of urban ideas offers a cautionary tale about the dreams that have shaped LA and the big new ideas we hope might shape the city of the future.

Sam Quinones, 'Dreamland' win at National Book Critics Circle

sam-quinones-fb.jpg He wins in the nonfiction category for book about the heroin epidemic in middle-class America.
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