April 11, 2007 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
October 16, 2005 |
THE world of children's literature spans centuries, civilizations and alternate realities. Anchored by "Cinderella" at one end and "Heather Has Two Mommies" at the other, it is a world populated with stories for the very young, such as "The Adventures of Peter Rabbit" and "Winnie-the-Pooh," as well as tales for the older set by Rudyard Kipling, J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis and others.
May 29, 2005 |
Gary PHILLIPS and Jervey Tervalon were shooting nothing more potent than the breeze when they hit on a notion. The writers had found themselves sitting on yet another panel, sorting through urban Los Angeles' all-too-familiar miasma of troubles -- gangs, drugs, joblessness and a very particular mounting rage that can eventually explode into riot.