200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World, edited by Ruth Hobday, Sharon Gelman, Marianne Lassandro and Geoff Blackwell (Chronicle Books; 396 pages; $50). An inspired project: Select 200 women from around the globe, from a wide array of backgrounds, and ask them questions such as “What really matters to you?” and “What brings you happiness?” Interviewees include author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza of Oakland and actor Alfre Woodard. With graceful portraits by photographer Kieran Scott. … [Read more...] about 2017 holiday books gift guide
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Khaledi’s bid to recapture what he calls the optimism of 1970s Napa involves establishing Ashes & Diamonds not only as a winery but also as a “cultural center.” He held a lecture series in September; speakers included Tim Mondavi, Cathy Corison and Paul Draper. Adjacent to the winery, Khaledi is building a “public park,” a large grassy area with picnic tables where he hopes Napa residents will come hang. Bring a Frisbee, bring your dog — just be sure to make a reservation for a wine tasting first, per county regulations. … [Read more...] about Can new winemaker fix Wine Country’s ‘Napathy’ problem?
As Band guitarist Robbie Robertson says in Million Dollar Bash, Sid Griffin’s illuminating book about these recordings, “The Basement Tapes refers to the basement there at Big Pink, obviously, but it also refers to a process, a homemade process. So some things we recorded at Bob’s house, some things we recorded at [Band member Rick Danko’s house]…we were here and there, so what it really means is ‘homemade’ as opposed to just a single location in a formal studio.” These musicians are as good as musicians get, but the feeling that flows between them is not just the property of pros and geniuses. It belongs to everyone who’s ever drawn pleasure from playing music with other people. … [Read more...] about Digging the Gold in Dylan’s ‘Basement’
“Rather than lamenting about it, rather than complaining about it, rather than pointing fingers, rather than generating headlines in order to generate more stress and anxiety, we got a car and a truck,” Newsom said. “And we had those 170 brought here to this facility at 8 a.m. this morning, and they are quite literally working on those ventilators right now.” … [Read more...] about L.A. County announces 6 new coronavirus deaths as hospitals fill up in California
Gov. Gavin Newsom last week set in motion an ambitious plan to move tens of thousands of homeless people into hotels and motels. But so far, only a few thousand unsheltered people across the state have been relocated to shelters and a few hundred of the first available rooms — though Newsom said more than 4,000 have been leased or purchased. … [Read more...] about How bad will the next few weeks be for California as coronavirus cases surge?