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.
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.
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.
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.
May 23, 2010 |
In the spring of 1949, Eleanor Roosevelt turned in the manuscript for her second memoir — this one on the White House years — to her editors at Ladies' Home Journal. "You have written this too hastily," came the reply, "as though you were composing it on a bicycle while pedaling your way to a fire." Roosevelt's editors asked her to revise the manuscript with the help of a ghostwriter, but she refused. "I would have felt the book wasn't mine," she said. She ended up selling her book's serial rights to the Journal's biggest rival, McCall's, for $150,000.
September 2, 2012 |
Question: On Aug. 1, I tried to book a round-trip flight on American Airlines between San Diego and Philadelphia for Oct. 1 using my frequent-flier miles. I thought a two-month lead would facilitate the reservation. There were no seats available for 25,000 miles for October. I paid $25 to speak to a human. She tried her best but with the same result. If I were willing to expend 50,000 miles, there were plenty of seats. How far ahead does AA release its frequent-flier seats? Is this bait and switch?
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.
July 19, 2012 |
Every summer, everyone and their uncle wants to tell you what to read at the beach. If they all had their way, you'd never have a chance to jump in the ocean, or to enjoy the sun, or to talk to your friends and family as you relax at the shore. No, you'd just be there with your nose in a book, and then another book, and then another book. So as the summer hits mid-stride, at Jacket Copy, we've got another idea: the anti-beach reading list. Here are nine books that you need not read at the beach, nay, that you SHOULD not read at the beach.
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April 2, 1999
Re Stephanopoulos' book: With Democrats like George Stephanopoulos, who needs Republicans? LESTER KUSHNER Valley Village