June 6, 2012 |
John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné, Volume One: 1956-1974, Yale University Press 472 p., 500 color illustrations, $200 For the cover of the first of four planned volumes cataloging the entire output of hugely influential Conceptual artist John Baldessari, designer Simon Johnston came up with an illuminating solution. Much of Baldessari's work is a mash-up of the visual and the verbal, marked by a double-take sensibility and a fill-in-the-blank demand for viewer participation.
October 24, 2009
Beyond 'Bizarro' Four more offbeat guidebooks to the City of Angels "Resident Tourist: Los Angeles" by Kelly Mayfield, Chuck Mindenhall and Aaron M. Fontana Tailored for Angelenos who think they know it all, this book veers off the beaten Walk-of-Fame path and into the more obscure worlds of the adult film industry, Buddhist temples and horseback tours, among other under-the-radar destinations. "Walking L.A." by Erin Mahoney Harris Get out of your car and hit the pavement with this book, which offers 38 walking tours that will take you up and down hidden stairways, past gorgeous buildings and through neighborhoods you've only glanced at through your windshield.
January 31, 2013 |
It's not easy being a book consumer these days. For starters, books seem so long - at least compared to the blog posts and online news items that have recalibrated the pace of the average American attention span. And that's not the half of it. Some books will kill your dreams. Worse, they'll build up your dreams and then knock them down without so much as a refund or a credit for a Frappuccino at Barnes & Noble. When that happens, the only choice is to sue. At least that seems to be the logic of Rob Stutzman and Jonathan Wheeler, two California men so aggrieved by Lance Armstrong's recent doping admissions that they have become the named plaintiffs in a class-action complaint against Armstrong and his publishers over his memoirs "It's Not About the Bike" and "Every Second Counts.
January 30, 2014 |
Frankfurt is a thriving financial center on the Main River that some Germans have taken to calling “Bankfurt,” but the locals take greater pride in their literary culture. Among other things, the father of German letters, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, was born there. It is also home to the world's largest book fair. So I shouldn't have been surprised to find a “ Literaturhaus ” smack in the middle of the city. The neoclassical 19th century building, once home to the city library, was the site of a literary festival to which I was invited to last week.
May 29, 2013 |
Metta World Peace has released a children's book entitled "Metta's Bedtime Stories. " Available via createspace.com , "Metta's Bedtime Stories" was "written to help children think about daily events in a positive light. " World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, has played the last four seasons with the Lakers -- winning his first title in 2010 against the Boston Celtics. Outside of basketball, World Peace is a spokesman for mental health, currently collaborating with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health with his "Talk It Out" campaign.
November 22, 2013 |
Cary Elwes is writing a book about the making of the film "The Princess Bride. " Elwes, who played the dashing hero Westley, will publish the book in the fall of 2014 with Touchstone. Its title is bound to charm the film's fans: "As You Wish: Tales from the Princess Bride. " “It was a joy to work on such a magical film with an amazing cast of talented actors and friends,” Elwes said in a release about the book. “It will be great fun to revisit 'The Princess Bride' and to share my fond memories of the unforgettable experience we all had.” Elwes was inspired to write the book after joining the cast for a 25th anniversary screening last year in New York.
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April 2, 1999
Re Stephanopoulos' book: With Democrats like George Stephanopoulos, who needs Republicans? LESTER KUSHNER Valley Village
February 12, 2010
Book fair What: The 43rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair Where: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles When: Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Price: Friday, $15, good for readmission all days. Saturday and Sunday, $10, good for readmission. Students with ID, $5 Contact:
December 20, 2011 |
One librarian, two helpers and 348 old books equals one huge holiday book tree. Usually those elements would add up to books stacked neatly on a shelf, but campus librarian Erin Fisher and others instead constructed a 9½-foot green "tree" in the atrium at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno . The tree, made from pre-1950 National Union Catalog reference books with evergreen covers, grew from 10 books placed...
October 4, 2013 |
Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings had a long career ahead of him -- a career that was cut short when he died in a car crash in June at age 33. But there's one more installment on the way: He left a final book behind. Publisher Blue Rider Press announced Friday that in 2014 it will publish "The Last Magazine. " It's not the hard-hitting journalism Hastings was known for -- it's a novel. In a release, the publisher called the book "a roman á clef" that is "funny, biting and fast-paced.