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LA Native and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Steals the Show

As if the relief and joy surrounding the Biden inauguration today wasn’t enough, the world got to experience the wise words of the first (she was chosen in 2017) National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, as she delivered her poem … Continue reading

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Book Review: Peter And The Wolves by Adele Bertei

Residents of Cleveland in the 1970s produced some of the most memorable proto-punk music ever made, music so memorable we still talk about it today even though it was barely recorded and in its day, was almost totally unreleased. These … Continue reading

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The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a masterclass organization named after the Miskatonic University in H.P. Lovecraft’s stories (first appearing in “Herbert West – Reanimator”). Mostly run by volunteers, the classes are created and taught by writers, scholars, directors, … Continue reading

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Order Your Holbox Cookbook from Takeaway Books Now!

Simon Davies and Vaughan Mossop founded Somekind Press last March in Australia as COVID-19 rules started to threaten the restaurant industry. The independent publisher crowdfunds mini-cookbooks featuring local restaurants to help the industry stay alive. Books are approximately 100 pages, with … Continue reading

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Gift Ideas for Fans of Mid-century Modern on any Budget

Mid-century Modern is huge right now. Whether it’s Googie, Danish Modern, Tiki, Atomic, or Boomerang, people are loving this retro style. When shopping for a gift, it’s imperative that you determine whether or not your giftee is a purist. Those … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Stocking Stuffers for 2020

Along with some fun new finds this year, we have been yearning for the comfort of our childhood favorites from back in the days when you found a silver dollar and an orange in the toe of your sock. Here … Continue reading

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Baba the History Cat Presents: Eight Great Cats in American Political History

Hi folks! I know the election is coming and the situation is tense, but don’t think we cats aren’t just as interested in the political future country as you. In fact, we have a long history in American politics, and … Continue reading

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2020 LA Times Festival of Books: Week 2 Preview

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 Marlon James, Author of “Black Leopard Red Wolf”, Winner of the Inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, in Conversation with Tananarive Due 6:00pm “Marlon James, winner of the inaugural 2019 L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize … Continue reading

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2020 LA Times Festival of Books: Week 1 Review

Happy Monday Beat Fam. We hope you had a great time last week participating in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Let us know your thoughts on your event(s) in the comments below! Keep an eye out later today … Continue reading

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2020 LA Times Festival of Books: Week 1 Preview

Happy Sunday, L.A.! This morning the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California will push forward with the LA Times Festival of Books. In honor of the festival’s 25th anniversary, organizers have arranged twenty-five virtual events featuring an … Continue reading

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