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  • Check It Out: Roping in the reluctant reader

    As a librarian, one of my favorite things to do is to recommend books to children. There is something exciting about connecting a young person with the perfect book. This is not as easy as it sounds. Everyone's tastes are different. Sometimes it is difficult to explain what you like about a book — and I can't read your mind.
  • The Latest: Tired artist's 'Pants'; up-and-comers' EPs

    The Latest: Tired artist's 'Pants'; up-and-comers' EPs
    Artist's Pants Gordy Grundy House of Go-Go; 273 pages We remember so well the cathartic moments after 9/11 — the candlelight vigils, the tributes to first responders — that it's easy to forget how many things simply stopped after the...

    A Word, Please: The No. 1 reason for numeral inconsistency

    A reader named Loretta recently wrote to me after making a very astute observation. In an article about Emmy contenders, Loretta came across this passage: "'Louie' aired 14 episodes, 'Orange' telecast 13 and 'Veep' had 10. 'Silicon Valley' aired just...

    A Word, Please: Taking care of the business of punctuation

    According to the Internet, there's a car dealer whose service department has a "kid's play area," but a competitor offers a "childrens play area." The former makes you wonder: Who is this kid, and does he let other kids use his area? And for the latter...

    Author homes in on Corona del Mar

    Author homes in on Corona del Mar
    Nobody knows why Corona del Mar's flower streets got their names, according to author Douglas Westfall, but there are clues. For instance, Westfall knows that a landowner named F. D. Cornell changed the way the streets were identified in the early 1900s...