Larry Wilson


Columnist/Editorial writer

Larry Wilson

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Recent articles

  • Columns

    Lesson from the London fire: Sometimes, more regulation is good: Larry Wilson

    I get it that government regulations can be ridiculous. More than that: awful.I’ll even spell it guv’mint to show my distaste.I’ll recall that poster in the barber shop of my youth, where I’d go monthly for the “regular boy’s” cut: The picture of the goateed old Sam, father of our country, with the caption, “He’s your uncle, not your dad.” Maybe that’s because of the absurdity of having to be licensed...

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    Flat Earthers live among us, and these days it kind of makes sense: Larry Wilson

    Driving home on Highway 395 after fishing in the Eastern Sierras earlier this summer, my nephew Drew riding shotgun, the bleak landscape of the desert receded before us all the way to the horizon. I remarked on the view.“Not according to the Flat Earthers,” Drew said. “They say the horizon is a government-created myth, seeing as the Earth is flat. It’s very big on Facebook these days.”“What in the world?”Of course I knew...

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    When every consumer is a critic, whose opinion really counts?: Larry Wilson

    “Everybody’s a critic,” Borscht Belt impresarios complained. But they weren’t. They were just carpers from the peanut gallery.Now, everybody is a critic. Or every American consumer is. Whether it’s on Yelp or Trip Advisor, or through those annoying follow-up emails after seemingly every transaction — “How was your oil change?” “Fantastic — two thumbs way up!” — we’re all asked to rate not only...

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    Schiff bests Trump in test of (140) characters: Larry Wilson

    Presidents have expressed their strong opinions, in real time, in public, about their fellow Americans before.Who can forget those photos of Lyndon Johnson standing uncomfortably close to another pol whose support he not only would like but commands, screaming down from underneath the Stetson?LBJ did not live in a time of social media, and that’s probably a good thing. Still, even if he had been able to tweet before breakfast, wiser heads were around to cool down his hot...

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    At Art Center exhibit, it all revolves around Aug. 21 eclipse: Larry Wilson

    Art Center’s Stephen Nowlin has a wry way of acknowledging the physical universe’s participation in his new show, “Eclipse,” at the Pasadena design college’s Williamson Gallery.In his catalogue’s acknowledgments, along with listing the opening wine reception and the artists and the archives participating, he lists: “Natural Phenomena: A Solar Eclipse. An annex to the exhibition, this celestial event will appear throughout the U.S. on...

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    Anti-litter obsession has only picked up over time: Larry Wilson

    As with other signs of maturity — that first gray hair — I can’t pinpoint precisely when I made the transition from trash-indifferent to control-freak anti-litterbug.I can say I remember the few times in my life when I myself consciously littered. My sister Alicia and I would take long walks in the Texas Panhandle’s Palo Duro Canyon with our grandmother Hazel when we were 9 or 10. Grandmother, like any properly mature person, abhorred litter and would pick...

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    The L.A. River dreams of its future: Larry Wilson

    On some future scorching Southern California Sunday, imagine, Angelenos may be taking a cooling dip in our very own waterway, just as Americans elsewhere get to do, in the rivers dubbed Russian, or Hudson, or Colorado or Rio Grande.Although, hold the phone, that part of the ongoing revitalization of the L.A. River might best be reserved for several half-lives from now, centuries or millenia, given the practically radioactive qualities of the heavy metals that pollute it, thanks to...

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    Seeking sanity in the mad time of Trump: Larry Wilson

    There are two responsible positions on the vainglorious, dangerous president: Either his idiocy in office and in life must be countered with sensible ideas put forward by sensible people, or, since his election is a reflection on all of us, soul-searching about the national character is in order. Which is right?This is the internal debate that cleaves reasonable Americans. Paradoxically, since he has shown himself in his first six months of this disastrous presidency to be even...

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    Southern California’s dead malls could be places to live: Larry Wilson

    A friend of mine, a musician of renown, has a loft-like apartment in an urbanesque Southern California neighborhood that is, let us say, retail-adjacent.Admiring the unusual, airy space on a visit, I said, “Well, this is nice.”“Larry,” she said, in a voice that still has traces of a Manhattan accent: “I live in a shopping mall.”And so she does. One that, like virtualy all such places filled with bricks-and-mortar stores in an...

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    In Pasadena, two acres of Zen garden in this crazy world: Larry Wilson

    I was seeking a respite from the news of the world.I don’t just mean the entirely mind-blowing story that Amazon will soon own Whole Foods, a retail concept so startling that I don’t know how I will get my head around it, next time I am fondling the organic baby bok choy in the produce aisles. I mean, Jeff Bezos already owns The Washington Post. Will cosmopolitan America soon, as Madeleine Brand asked on KCRW, have its kombucha delivered by drone each morning along with...