Author Archives: Joel J. Rane

Joel J. Rane

About Joel J. Rane

Now I'm at work, now I'm at home, now I'm asleep, let's wake up and write something.

Billie Holiday Comes Alive in Leimert Park

For those who don’t know Billie Holiday, or only heard her in the background, here is a rare chance to hear her songs performed with the same emotion that made her a legend in the few short years of her … Continue reading

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Take the Train: Pterosaurs at the Natural History Museum

If it’s been decades since you wandered the halls of our Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, as it was for me, now might be a great time to reacquaint yourself.  If you’ve never been there, you’ll find a corner … Continue reading

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The Sixth Street Viaduct Is No More

The Sixth Street Viaduct is just a memory.  With the removal of the bridge over the 101, there are now just a series of closed bridges with a gap in the middle, perhaps an exciting place to reenact the final scene … Continue reading

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Dear Librarian…

“Dear Librarian…”  My continuing struggle against one of the oldest enemies in Los Angeles…  IGNORANCE! William B. of Bellflower asks, “Dear librarian, I’m sure you have a screed about Thanksgiving.  Can I hear it?”  Gee, William, you’re right, and I was … Continue reading

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Dear Librarian…

“Dear Librarian…”  My continuing struggle against one of the oldest enemies in Los Angeles…  IGNORANCE! Boris K. of Beverly Hills asks, “Dear Librarian, what’s up with Halloween anyway?  Is it just another bullshit commercial opportunity like Christmas, or is there … Continue reading

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Et Tu, Nucky?

Like a few million other people, I was completely flummoxed when Nucky Thompson shot his protege Jimmy Darmody in the head last year.  I hate to let television ru(i)n my life like this, but it’s worth talking through in public … Continue reading

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Dear Librarian…

“Dear Librarian…”  My continuing struggle against one of the oldest enemies in Los Angeles…IGNORANCE! Felix C. of Valley Glen asks, “This weekend I plan to behave like any nice Jewish boy on Saint Patrick’s…drink green beer and Bushmill’s until I … Continue reading

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Dear Librarian…

“Dear Librarian…”  My continuing struggle against one of the oldest enemies in Los Angeles…IGNORANCE! Elise T. of Burbank asks:  “A DJ on the radio just said this year it takes 366 days to revolve around the sun.  Please explain leap year to … Continue reading

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Dear Librarian…

“Dear Librarian…”  The continuing struggle against one of my oldest enemies in Los Angeles…  IGNORANCE! Debora H. of Carthay Circle asks:  “We didn’t get wrecked as usual this New Year’s…I’d call it almost a preventive sacrilege.  Most of my friends … Continue reading

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Dear Librarian…

“Dear Librarian…”  My continuing struggle against one of the oldest enemies in Los Angeles…  IGNORANCE! Skylar T. of Silver Lake asks:  “Merry Christmas!  And please don’t start any of your ‘happy-holidays-because-you-might-offend-a-Jew-or-an-uppity-atheist’ crap…but really, what’s Christmas all about?” The first mention … Continue reading

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