One month and counting, between thousands of lightning strikes, numerous high wind events, and extremely dry conditions making fuels ripe for ignition, fires across the north state are still burning without a clear end in sight.
I booked two nights in a budget motel in Santa Monica for Labor Day weekend. Temps here were predicted to be 98, which wasn’t bad, but I’d been wanting a break anyway, and rates were low. By Friday, highs of 111 were predicted for the weekend.
Stanley Crouch, a cultural critic whose contrarian and trenchant writings exploring music, politics, race and literature made him a prominent and often controversial figure in American arts and letters,