Category Archives: Books

Charming L.A. Kids’ Book: “Los Angeles 1 to 10”

Need a cute gift for a little one? How about this 5″ x 5″ board book that’s all about L.A.? It’s called “Los Angeles 1 to Ten,” written by Sara Beth Greene and illustrated by Jimmy Thompson. It’s lightweight with … Continue reading

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Theater Review: The Designated Mourner at REDCAT

Wallace Shawn’s play The Designated Mourner, showing at REDCAT through May 21st, is an existential drama that unfolds in an unnamed city, in an unnamed country, at an unspecified time. Under the minimalist direction of André Gregory, a cast of … Continue reading

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Better Buy More Purple Crayons! Feral House Adds Prince to their Coloring Book Series

On April 25th, Feral House Publications released “Prince: The Coloring Book.” This third book joins the already popular Bowie and Lemmy coloring books.  I took a stab at coloring Prince with crayons, colored pencils and markers. Having not colored since … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: LA Times Festival of Books

The sun was shining mightily on the LA Times Festival of Books last weekend. There were countless interviews and panels to attend, but that wasn’t the whole show. Writers signed books, vendors plied their wares, and chefs demonstrated their specialties. Oh, … Continue reading

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LA Times Festival Of Books: Emerging from the Underground: Surviving Punk Rock

The LA Times Festival Of Books is a highly anticipated event for this town’s literary types, but this year’s edition brought an onslaught from a strange new subgenre of author – the punk rock memoirist. While Dave Grohl interviewed his … Continue reading

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What to Check Out at the LA Times’ Festival of Books this Weekend

We’re getting geared up for the LA Times’ Festival of Books, the largest literary and cultural festival in America. Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd the literati will invade the University of Southern California. There are so many panels, conversations, … Continue reading

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Young Frankenstein Book Signing and Q&A Tonight!

It seems like everybody has a favorite quote from “Young Frankenstein,” which was possibly the funniest film Mel Books ever made. The all-star cast included Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Peter Boyle, and Madeline Kahn. Oh, and we can’t … Continue reading

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“The Belle of Amherst”: The Untold Story of Emily Dickinson

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Interview: Dennis Morris Celebrates 40 Years of Punk with “The Bollocks: A Photo Essay of the Sex Pistols”

I had a remarkable opportunity to interview Dennis Morris at The Salon (at Automatic Sweat) a while back. The interview was coupled with large prints of his photographic work that captured the most salient and critical moments in the Punk movement. We sat … Continue reading

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Best of 2016 – A Short List

As usual, I spent most of the year listening to, reading and watching older stuff that I probably should’ve absorbed years ago, but here are a few new things I really enjoyed this year: Albums: Bootblacks – Veins (review) Patience … Continue reading

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