Our business is ambivalent about anniversary stories. It is fashionable to hate them, to claim that they exist only to fill space, to declare the obvious, to be written out of obligatory motives.
Situation A: You're covering a city council meeting and the council votes 4-1 to deny a development permit for a huge shopping center. The president of the local homeowners association, which has [...]
Doug Smith keeps an open mind when a gadfly takes on a small town I love the story you’re about to read: a slice of life, set in one idiosyncratic neighborhood, peppered with mean-spirited [...]
Every once in a while you find lessons in short stories--I mean, really short stories. Here's one by Steve Rubenstein of the San Francisco Chronicle, which won best short feature in the recent [...]
I'm reading a little differently these days because I quit the Los Angeles Times (accepting a buy-out offer) in July. I think this will mean more frequent postings on this site. Right now what it [...]