I ate Anthony Bourdain's food before I ever met him. For a time, in the late 1990s, my husband and I happened to live around the corner from Les Halles, the small brasserie where Bourdain served as chef starting in 1998.
LOS ANGELES — The first period of any school day can be boisterous, with bells ringing, friends catching up on gossip and late arrivals rushing madly through doors. But early on a Thursday morning, the students in teacher Jon Aguado’s history class at Animo Ralph Bunche High School in Los Angeles are respectful and silent. The only sounds are the low hum of a ventilation system and the soft voice of guest speaker Gabriella Karin recounting her chilling experiences in Slovakia during World War II.
In 1962, when a 40-year-old Los Angeles ad copywriter published an advice manual on love and work, no one could have imagined that the book would help fuel the Sexual Revolution and change the course of publishing. Helen Gurley Brown’s “Sex and the Single Girl” landed like a liberated lightning rod on bookshelves around the United States, encouraging women to pursue their professional aspirations, and enjoy a healthy sex life in the process — at least until Mr. Right came along.