Monthly Archives: April 2016

A View From A Hotel Window, 4/7/16: Los Angeles

There’s construction going on, the president arrived today, there was a car chase that locked up the freeways and it was raining. All of this explains why it took me a better par of an hour to travel fifteen miles from the airport to my hotel, and why it would have taken longer if I hadn’t […]

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The Big Idea: Alethea Kontis

“TEHETHJO” is one heck of an acronym, but Alethea Kontis knows what it means, why it’s important, and how it relates to her new novel Trix and the Faerie Queen.  ALETHEA KONTIS:  In my fairy tale books of Arilland, Mama Woodcutter always says, “Everything happens for a reason.” She does that because my own mother has […]

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And Now, an Incomplete List of Women Writers Who Inspire Me

“Incomplete” because I’m doing it off the top of my head. Also, in no particular order. Ready? Here we go: Dorothy Parker Molly Ivins Elaine May Madeleine L’Engle Nora Ephron Susan Cooper Hannah Arendt Ursula Le Guin N.K. Jemisin Beverly Cleary Sheri Tepper Jenny Lawson Kelly Sue Deconnick Emma Thompson (Yes, she’s a writer. Won […]

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What I’m Doing in Los Angeles This Next Weekend

Los Angelenos! This next Saturday — that’s the ninth — I will be in your fabulous town, not just to eat all the In-N-Out animal style Double Doubles that I can shove down my gullet but also to do a few events tied into the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. What are they and […]

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The Tesla 3 (and Why I Probably Wouldn’t Get One)

Like nearly every nerd I know, I’m excited that the Tesla Model 3 has been unveiled and that in about 18 months it will be a reality. Between it and the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt, reasonably affordable all-electric cars are becoming an actual thing and not just a weird quirk for eco-geeks, and/or status symbols for […]

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