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Joel Stein Finds Another Way To Write About Joel Stein
According to Defamer (via the New York Observer and LA Observed), the LA Times has hired former Time and Entertainment Weekly columnist/wiseass Joel Stein as a new op-ed columnist. On the surface, it seems like an odd choice. Stein's favorite topic is himself, though he can be very clever about making you think he's actually writing about something else. Even though his beat will be the entertainment industry, it's a sure bet we'll be reading about it from a, shall we say, personal perspective.
That being said, we remain cautiously optimistic about Stein's addition to the Times team. Stein didn't last too long at EW, and that's probably given him a worse rap than he deserves. Say what you will about him, but anyone who's read Stein's work has an opinion on him. Plenty of people hate him, some think he's hilarious and nobody seems on the fence. He's opinionated, he has a distinct writing style and he's never dull. Isn't that exactly what an op-ed columnist is supposed to be? And if we're wrong, then we'll all just go on not reading the Times' editorial page like normal.
Some of the best opinion writers are people you can't stand. Welcome aboard, Joel!
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.