Dreams and Schemes: My Decade of Fun in the Sun [NOOK Book]

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Drawing upon a decade of memorable adventures in Southern California, Los Angeles Times columnist, award-winning author and keen observer Steve Lopez offers more than 90 glimpses of life as he knows it.

In "The High and Mighty," Steve has lunch with a billionaire philosopher, considers the moral gifts of a...
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Dreams and Schemes: My Decade of Fun in the Sun

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Overview

Drawing upon a decade of memorable adventures in Southern California, Los Angeles Times columnist, award-winning author and keen observer Steve Lopez offers more than 90 glimpses of life as he knows it.

In "The High and Mighty," Steve has lunch with a billionaire philosopher, considers the moral gifts of a famous filmmaker, and wonders whether mayors are really like the rest of us.

In "Excuse Me?" he goes on to look at TV news, medical marijuana, the yard cops of Los Angeles County and the case of the $15 hot dog.

In "Politics as Usual," Lopez zeroes in on two mayors with very different personalities, a governor as remarkable as the state he governates, and city officials with that California style.

In "Why Live Anywhere Else?" he broadens his view with sharp observations on driving and hitchhiking, looking for drugs, free meals and Buddhists, and the sport of chowing down at sports events.

In "Keep Them in Your Prayers," Steve focuses on the Teflon Cardinal and his Rog Majal, the problem with provocative billboards and the mini-bordellos of skid row.

In "Around the Corner and the World," he looks at a war about to start, the lessons of an earlier war, unnatural disasters and barbarism with an everyday face.

Finally, in "Grace Notes," our guide introduces us to heroic taco sellers, a busboy at the crossroads of history and the unforgettable Nathaniel Ayers, who traveled from Juilliard to life on the streets of L.A. and on to the White House.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The essays Lopez wrote for the Los Angeles Times about a Julliard-trained musician living on the streets of LA, later made into the film, The Soloist, are among the highlights in this collection of more than 90 previously published columns. "The mysteries of illness are so profound that I still find it impossible to reconcile the poetry with the madness. This is a man I’ve heard many times carry on incoherent conversations with someone who isn’t there, only to then rhapsodize on th
Kirkus Reviews
A novelist and newspaper writer shares a bounty of true stories and observations on life in Southern California.

Nearly a decade ago, Lopez (The Soloist, 2008, etc.) began writing a human-interest column for theLos Angeles Times, and his impressive awareness on a variety of subject matters is on fine display in this collection of his best work. The author describes an informative lunch date with retired billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, a $400 haircut at the same Beverly Hills salon
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013636828
  • Publisher: Camino Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 879,958
  • File size: 708 KB

Meet the Author

Steve Lopez is an award-winning columnist for the Los Angeles Times. His book The Soloist, a New York Times Best-seller, won a Pen USA Literary Award and was the basis for a DreamWorks film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.
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