FROM Laura Miller
The Kondo Way Spring has arrived. It’s the time of year when tree leaves begin to grow, flowers blossom and armies of cleaning experts share their knowledge with us. But the decluttering philosophy of one Japanese organizing expert, Marie Kondo, has been adopted by millions of Americans. Two years ago, her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” was published here. Now there’s a new sequel: “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.” Yet Kondo’s prescriptions for a clutter-free life aren’t for everyone. The intense Kondo devotion to “sparking joy” has sparked a backlash.
Who will lead California's Democratic Party? It’s been a hectic week in politics. There’s been talk of impeachment, Watergate, and Mike Pence’s political action committee. Also, the California Democratic Party is having its convention in Sacramento this weekend, where they’ll talk strategy and pick a new leader.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Gangsta gardener, a donut dough-bate, 'The Last Magnificent' Artist and community activist Ron Finley discusses how he’s changing South LA, one garden at a time. Chef Jeremiah Tower talks about starring in “The Last Magnificent,” a new documentary about his role as one of the defining figures in the early days of California cuisine. Plus: Laura Avery stuffs her “Good Food” tote full of green garlic, while Evan and The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman get into a heated dough-bate about donuts.