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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...

    Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson — as himself

    Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson — as himself
    Just to set the facts straight: The show Sept. 18 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts will feature a program of songs with lyrics by a man who doesn't exist, based on a book by a man who also doesn't exist, sung by a real man who is now performing under...

    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...