From King's speech to Rubel's castle - Off-Ramp for August 24, 2013

Rubel Castle Glendora
In a secluded part of Glendora, Rubel Castle is a DIY triumph, a paean to go-it-alone outsider architecture: clock towers, cannons, and caves dot the two-acre property.
His mike cut out and he had to make Ben Franklin jokes and take notes from Howard Stern, but impressionist Jim Meskimen says he's delighted by his performance in America's Got Talent.

YACHT's Claire Evans on her new book, OMNI Reboot and the NSA

LA's Claire Evans has a new book out called "High Frontiers," sings in the dance rock band YACHT and—most recently—edits OMNI Reboot, a new online sci-fi magazine.

Pros and cons: Echo Park's proposed gang injunction

Why, when there's been minimal opposition to the almost 50 gang injunctions in other parts of Los Angeles, is there such vocal opposition to the one proposed for Echo Park?
You know Elmore Leonard for his screenplay-perfect crime novels, but he started writing when what paid was Western fiction, and those stories bear all the Leonard hallmarks.
Martin Luther King Jr.
What an odd lot we were, the Lower Eastsiders who boarded a chartered train for Washington on August 28, 1963 … fifty years ago next Wednesday.
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