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Robert Scoble's answer to Which companies should one meet in San Francisco?

I've visited many of the startups and companies in San Francisco (I'll broaden it to include south of San Francisco too, down to Silicon …

Why Putin's Russia Is The Biggest Threat To America In 2015

Like the stock market crashes that periodically wipe out so many fortunes, military crises are hard to predict. Washington’s track record as a seer of future threats is remarkably poor. From the bombing of Pearl Harbor in the 1940s to North Korea’s invasion of the South in the 1950s to the Cuban …

The 8 Most Luxurious Mountain Resorts in America

While away this winter, nestle in these chic rustic escapes.<p><b>1) St. Regis Deer Valley, Utah</b><p>Settled at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, this classic resort offers state-of-the-art spa services, heated outdoor pools and hot tubs and an enchanting terrace from which one can watch the sun blaze over …

All The Writers You Love Probably Love Dorothy Dunnett

The old fiction room at my high school was a small box of wonders, and no matter how long I spent investigating its seven and a half overstuffed shelves, I never stopped discovering treasures. When I was sixteen, the shelf which held authors A through D divulged a small, yellowing paperback with a …

Paint It Black (And White): Shooting With The Leica M-Monochrom

<i>“How many photographs can you look at more than once? Not many, not many.” –Cartier-Bresson</i><p>Although the technical brilliance of modern digital cameras is undeniable, there’s also something about the ease with which pictures can be taken that tends to encourage a rather scattershot approach to …

The 21 Most Expensive Homes Sold This Year

The most expensive home ever sold in the US hit the record books in 2014, and several famous properties changed hands.<p>From celebrity-owned estates in Los Angeles to sky-high mansions in Manhattan, here are the most expensive homes sold in the US in 2014.<p><i>*Thanks to our astute readers for pointing</i> …

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1938 storm changes Los Angeles River

On Feb. 27 and 28, 1938, a storm soaked Southern California with 4.4 inches of rain. Late on March 1, a new storm arrived dropping 10 inches in Los Angeles and more in mountain areas. Rivers overflowed and dozens of people were killed.<p>Local government agencies responded by turning the Los Angeles …

Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. He did so largely by reading voraciously across the world’s major philosophical and religious traditions, discovering great similarities in how they …

The Slippery Question of What Makes a Great Book

<i>“A classic is a work which constantly generates a pulviscular cloud of critical discourse around it,”</i> Italo Calvino wrote in one of his fourteen definitions of a classic, <i>“but which always shakes the particles off.”</i> And yet even if we agree that “a book is a heart that only beats in the chest of …

The Best American Winter Road Trips

On the spectrometer of thrills, winter driving lies somewhere between utilitarian necessity and white-knuckle extreme sport. But now that gas is affordable and holiday lights are twinkling from the East Coast to L.A., it’s time to hit the open road and give the ultimate test to your car’s …

How Arcadia is remaking itself as a magnet for Chinese money

Most Los Angeles architects are lucky if they complete two or three houses by their early 30s.<p>Thirty-one-year-old Philip Chan, who runs a firm in Arcadia called PDS Studio, has already seen more than 75 of his residential designs built across the San Gabriel Valley.<p>He's still not the best-known …

James Patterson burns books to promote reading

James Patterson is burning books in an attempt to persuade Barack Obama of the parlous state of reading in America.<p>The bestselling thriller writer, who is already in the process of giving £250,000 to independent booksellers in the UK and $1m to US bookshops, has released a dramatic video in which …

The 100 best novels: No 62 – The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (1939)

Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled debut brings to life the seedy LA underworld – and Philip Marlowe, the archetypal fictional detective<p>Enter Philip Marlowe, one of the great characters in the Anglo-American novel, a protagonist to rival and possibly surpass Sherlock Holmes. Marlowe holds the key to the …

How Oliver Emberton Used Quora to Build a Popular Blog in Less Than One Year

Oliver Emberton’s articles have been read over 9 million times in the last year, and featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, TIME, and many more. Yet he …