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June 17, 2012 |
Rodney King spoke candidly of death. I recall a time last March when he and I were walking through his Rialto home. He looked at photos of the LAPD officers who'd beaten him. Without prompting, he opened up. "I'm just glad I survived what he did to me," he said, speaking of one of the officers, Stacey Koon. He held his two fingers about a quarter-inch apart. "I was this close to death," he said. "This close. " He went on to say there were long moments that night in Lake View Terrace in 1991 when it felt as if he had, in fact, died.
October 2, 2011 |
It's early on a brisk morning in September, and Russell Banks is standing in front of the Marriott Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, smoking his first cigarette of the day. In a few hours, he'll be onstage at the Brooklyn Book Festival, across Adams Street in Borough Hall Plaza, but at the moment he's a little tired - the result of a late night with his friend, novelist Paul Auster, a longtime Brooklynite. Still, at 71, Banks looks fit, hair and beard white and close-cropped, eyes sharp behind a pair of frameless glasses that sit like windows on his face.
August 31, 2011 |
Irish author Eoin Colfer has been "doing leprechaun stuff" for a decade. Better known as the bestselling "Artemis Fowl" series for middle-grade readers, Colfer's self-described "leprechaun stuff" is the delightfully sordid story of a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who'll let nothing -- least of all fairies -- stop him from reclaiming his family's lost fortune. The seven books in the series have been translated into 40 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Yet despite his success, there comes a time when a writer just wants to write about something more adult, like a down-on-his-luck Irish doorman at a cut-rate New Jersey casino who repeatedly finds himself an accessory to murder.
June 17, 2011 |
Simon Pegg is as close as you can get to a real-life geek superhero; his special powers include a real affection for Comic-Con culture and stepping into that imaginary world. As a boy, Pegg was swept away by his geek loves: live theater and the fantastical worlds of "Star Wars," "Doctor Who," "Jason and the Argonauts" and "Star Trek. " He now lives the impossible dreams of his youth, acting for Steven Spielberg and stepping onto the deck of the Starship Enterprise as Scotty in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot.
HOME & GARDEN
February 12, 2011
Lisa Napoli's "Radio Shangri-La" book tour includes two local appearances this month: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 449-5320, http://www.vromansbookstore.com 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in conversation with Meghan Daum at Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building C1, Santa Monica; (310) 264-4678, http://www.track16.com ? Alexandria Abramian-Mott
January 31, 2011 |
Eager to shed the perception that he's too "Minnesota nice" to do battle with his would-be competitors, Republican former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty attacked President Obama as "chicken" on Monday for a State of the Union address he said ducked the nation's fiscal challenges. Pawlenty's comments during a Fox News Channel interview Monday morning mark the latest escalation of his profile-building campaign. "Most Americans ? understand we've got a problem," he said during a conversation about the president's speech last week and looming budget challenges.
January 28, 2011 |
So Mike Pence is out. The question remains, as it has for some time: Who, exactly, is in? Here's the quick and dirty answer: Herman Cain, Fred Karger and Jimmy McMillan. Those are not the starting down linemen for the Green Bay Packers. Cain is an African American talk show host and former pizza company CEO from Georgia, Karger is a California political consultant and gay activist, and McMillan is the leader of the "Rent is Too Damn High" party in New York, and is now probably best known for being parodied on "Saturday Night Live.
January 20, 2011 |
Sarah Palin isn't the only Republican with a big decision to make regarding her political future. You could argue that no one has benefited from the 2008 presidential race more than Mike Huckabee. His surprise finish in the Iowa caucuses and his success at winning over family-values voters has translated into a TV show on Fox News, a radio program, motivational speaking gigs and a string of bestselling books. Basically, Huck, as he is known, has become a mini-empire. And as such, the former Arkansas governor has as much to lose perhaps as Palin should he reenter the political sphere and run for the 2012 presidential nomination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2010 |
In a discussion that ranged over the power of prayer, the financial bailout and Vladimir Putin's soul, former President George W. Bush took his national book tour into friendly territory Monday with an appearance at Saddleback Church in Orange County. Bush drew cheers and sustained applause over the course of an hourlong conversation with Pastor Rick Warren, himself a bestselling author ("The Purpose Driven Life") and perhaps most widely known for having delivered the invocation at President Obama's inauguration.
November 22, 2010 |
As Sarah Palin begins a book tour Tuesday in Phoenix that will take her to the early presidential voting states of Iowa and South Carolina, the former Alaska governor seems to have set her sights on something grander than mere wealth and fame. After all, in two short years, she has become a political star, a publishing star and now a television star. So what's left to conquer? Well, maybe the White House. In a rare newspaper interview, Palin confirmed to the New York Times Magazine that she is discussing with her family whether she should run for president.