Category Archives: Books

‘We Have Always Lived In The Castle’ Comes To The Big Screen

“We Have Always Lived In The Castle” from Further Films is the first movie adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s slim, creepy 1962 novel of the same name. Directed by Stacie Passon and written by Mark Kruger, it premiered at the L.A. … Continue reading

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Sunday: Haunted by History at Los Angeles Public Library

This Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 2 PM – 4 PM, there will be a guest lecture by author/researcher Craig Owens (of Bizarre Los Angeles) at the Mark Taper Auditorium in the LA Central Library. Over the course of three … Continue reading

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‘This Is (Not) L.A.’ at The Natural History Museum

If, like me, you’re a little tired of having to defend L.A. from people who like to call it shallow—and/or base their entire L.A. knowledge on one neighborhood—then you might be interested in a new book from Knock Knock called This … Continue reading

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Mark Z. Danielewski has Written a Pilot for a ‘House of Leaves’ Television Show and it’s Even More Meta

On June 18, 2018, Mark Z. Danielewski quietly posted a link on Twitter and Facebook to a television pilot for his groundbreaking book, “House of Leaves.” Although he has written a number of books since, it is this first novel … Continue reading

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‘The Green Burial Guidebook’: Don’t Fear the Green Reaper

While I certainly haven’t spent much time dwelling on death, I have thought that when I die, I’d like to just decompose into the earth and “return to nature.” The idea seems more natural and useful – because I’d be … Continue reading

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Arroyo Seco Weekend: The Food – The Fun – The Frolic

I can’t believe I have been going to the Rose Bowl for my entire life and I never knew about the acres and acres of verdant grass gently sloping behind it. The enormous Brookside golf course was repurposed into festival … Continue reading

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Rich Little Unveils New Book “People I have Known and Been…Little by Little” by way of Being all the People he has Known, at Hollywood Museum!

Friday, June 1, 2018, was a most singular night in Hollywood: not to be emulated via time travel, parallel universe expedition, or mimicry of any kind! Yes. While you were out at that art exhibit opening surrounded by Hollywood phonies … Continue reading

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‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ Thrills on Both The Page and The Screen

“The Girl With All The Gifts” is an excellent book by M.R. Carey, who also wrote the screenplay for the equally good film version directed by Colm McCarthy. It’s the story of Melanie, a super-bright student in a strange army … Continue reading

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Anthony Bourdain, Dead at 61. We Remember Him with One from the Archives

Friday morning Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his French hotel room. CNN reports that he was found by his good friend, chef Eric Ripert; they were in town to film an episode of “Parts Unknown.” The apparent cause of … Continue reading

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Robert Gordon “Memphis Rent Party” Reading and Interview by Scott Goldman at The GRAMMY Museum

I was immediately attracted to the idea of covering Robert Gordon at The GRAMMY Museum for his new book and compilation album called “Memphis Rent Party“. I was more familiar with his youthful music career, not as aware of his … Continue reading

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