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Step Aside, New York City. Los Angeles's Populism Is for Real.

City to consider the highest minimum wage in the country

In Los Angeles, the conditions are ideal for populist proposals—like the highest minimum wage in the country.

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The purpose of Labor Day is to give American workers recognition and honor—and to give them a little rest. Boy could they use it. As Tom Schaller notes today in the Baltimore Sun, workers in this country are among the most productive in the world. Yet they get less paid vacation time and fewer guarantees of time off than their peers in other industrialized countries. Nor has pay kept up.

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You don’t name your publication the Los Angeles Review of Books unless you are trying to make a statement. Most obviously an allusion to the august, 50-year-old New York Review of Books, the website is more broadly a flag-planting atop an American literary scene that, despite the vastness of the continent, has for at least a century been overwhelmingly weighted on a small, dinky island in the far northeast.

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Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six Episode 10, Post 2

The children of 'Mad Men'

Dear Television is Jane Hu, Evan Kindley, Lili Loofbourow, and Phillip Maciak. This season, they'll be posting weekly letters about AMC's "Mad Men." While this is not a full recap, there are still plenty of spoilers. Read the last installment here.

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Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six Episode 10, Post 1

'Mad Men' does Joan Didion

In this season's California episode, 'Mad Men' does Joan Didion.

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The new Bryant is as meta as ever—more a concept than a human being.

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The show's creator, like its main character, was born anew after a breakdown.

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Writing about his obsession with art books in a wonderful little volume published this year—Phantoms on the Bookshelves—Jacques Bonnet says that “Images send you on to other images, artists to other artists, periods come one after another or echo each other, all with their cargo of art works.” And so it is when I think back on remarkable art experienced in the year just past.

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Is his social-media presence performance art, or just a bored guy looking for attention?

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Walken is one weird dude. But he's also so much more than that.

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