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August 22, 2008 | Jeff Weiss, Special to The Times
More than two decades after he helped define Los Angeles' early electro-rap sound, Arabian Prince holds court inside Sawtelle's vinyl-jammed Turntable Lab. He's still filled with the restless creative spirit that drove him when he was an original member of N.W.A and that is captured on the newly released "Innovative Life: The Anthology -- 1984-1989." "The title had to be 'Innovative Life' because that song expressed everything about me. I always try to create and forge new paths," Arabian Prince, 43, says.
April 11, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
You won't find many trench coats, fedoras or Black Dahlias in "Los Angeles Noir," an about-to-be-published anthology of 17 new short stories set in various corners of the contemporary City of Angels. "Los Angeles Noir" is the 13th installment of the series by the maverick Brooklyn-based indie Akashic Books. It's also the first to be set in the city that effectively invented the genre.
May 23, 2006 | Kai Maristed, Special to The Times
SUFFERIN' saurians of Saturn!!! Can reading still be just plain fun? The way it was when judging a book (or a comic or a pulp magazine) by its cover (square-jawed hero in the grip of revolting Thing blazing away with his fearsomely foreshortened Antimatter Gun) was the rule to follow? The virulent science-fiction and fantasy bug seems to infect most reader-kids somewhere around age 12.
March 5, 2006 | Richard Rayner, Richard Rayner is the author of several books, most recently "The Devil's Wind," a novel.
FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT reckoned that no little boy ever wanted to grow up to be a movie critic. Graham Greene said he arrived at the idea of becoming one only after an unwise third martini.
October 22, 2005 | Richard Cromelin
If Sox vs. 'Stros in the World Series that starts today doesn't exactly get your tobacco juices flowing, the Shout! Factory record label has just released a national pastime-packed set of four CDs that should ease that case of baseball withdrawal. Just one of the discs in "The Great American Baseball Box" ($59.
October 21, 2005 | Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press
Lovely Umayam's hands punch the air for emphasis and her waist-length black hair sways rhythmically as she reads from her favorite poem like a practiced beat poet. A small crowd gathers around the outdoor stage where she recites, and fans hoot and whistle when she finishes. Umayam flashes a broad smile and hops down, melting into a clutch of admirers who fuss over her poem about growing up American with Filipino parents.
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