September 13, 2012 |
"Proposition 31" is a riveting 1968 novel about a California ballot measure that would move the state from a one-year to a two-year budget cycle, permit cities and counties to substitute their own regulations for those handed down from Sacramento, and impose oversight duties on the Legislature and performance goals on state and local budgeters. OK, no, it's nothing of the kind. Proposition 31 , on the Nov. 6 ballot, would purportedly do those things, but really -- good luck selling a novel about it. On the other hand, "Proposition 31," the novel, is a 1968 book about two Los Angeles couples who share spouses with each other and then propose a ballot measure seeking official recognition of what the characters call "corporate marriage" -- polyamorous, multi-couple marriage -- in California.
April 17, 2012 |
The staff of the Pleasure Chest, a high-end West Hollywood sex shop, were first tipped to the "Fifty Shades of Grey" phenomenon by their accountant, who noticed a curious spike in sales a few weeks ago. New customers had been drawn to the store after reading the erotic novel about a young woman's submissive sexual relationship with a wealthy businessman, and wanted some products described in the book. Now the Pleasure Chest is organizing "Fifty Shades of Pleasure" workshops at its West Hollywood, Chicago and New York locations.
August 1, 2010 |
"Twenty push-ups, let's go!" Coach Potter shouted. My arms already felt like I'd been lifting trucks, but when Coach tells you to push up, you push up. He's a nice guy, but he looks like the Terminator. All of us were groaning by the time we reached 20 and collapsed on the mats. "Fragadellic job, fellas!" Coach told us. None of us knew what fragadellic meant, but he said it whenever he was pleased, and we weren't going to argue. I had barely enough strength to change back into my school clothes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 25, 2013 |
Primatologist Jane Goodall and publisher Grand Central have announced they will delay publication of Goodall's forthcoming tree-focused book "Seeds of Hope" in the wake of accusations that certain passages were plagiarized. The Washington Post noted the lack of attribution of certain passages last week. "Together with my publisher, I have decided to postpone the release of my new book, SEEDS OF HOPE, so that we may have the necessary time to correct any unintentional errors," Goodall said in a statement released Friday.
January 22, 2013 |
PARIS -- The classic Parisian leather goods shop Moynat, which dates back to 1849 as a seller of travel trunks, celebrated the launch of Cameron Silver's book, "Decades: A Century of Fashion. " Aside from France and the U.S., the book is now also available in the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom. The book begins with fashions of the 1900s and chronicles fashions through the centuries, ending with strip queen Dita Von Teese, who was among the guests of the evening party. "Dita summarizes what 'Decades' is all about -- the 24/7 aspect of glamour," said Silver, the author and owner of the vintage clothing boutique of the same name.