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January 31, 2013 | Meghan Daum
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
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.
TRAVEL
September 2, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1999
Re Stephanopoulos' book: With Democrats like George Stephanopoulos, who needs Republicans? LESTER KUSHNER Valley Village
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2010 | By Jonathan Shapiro, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Chuck Palahniuk is as subtle as a straight right to the jaw, and just as bracing. His 1996 novel "Fight Club" was a terrific meditation on the decrepit state of modern manhood. It had a relentless pace, brutal honesty and pitch-black humor. Made into a terrifically disturbing film starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, the book showed Palahniuk's gift for speaking uncomfortable truths about taboo subjects, such as how the American male tends to treat his existential ennui with meaningless consumerism, tawdry sex and wanton violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
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:
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
When it comes to color, the subject of Kelly Wearstler's third coffee-table book, the Los Angeles-based designer writes: "I do not think there are any rules." That philosophy also applies to her literary efforts. Wearstler gained fame for creating high-voltage interiors filled with color, texture and pattern, but as an author, she plays the die-hard minimalist. "Hue" offers only an introductory Q & A with Wearstler that explores her philosophy of color and cites some of the architects, designers and artists who have inspired her. Photo captions don't exist, and credits and resources are found only in an index at the end of the book.
SPORTS
January 25, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
You knew this was coming. Lance Armstrong is being sued over his repeated, vehement denials in two books that he did not use performance-enhancing drugs or blood doping to win his seven Tour de France titles. Rob Stutzman, an aide to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and several others who purchased Armstrong's memoirs “It's Not About The Bike” and “Every Second Counts” have filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the fallen hero of committing fraud and other wrongdoing for repeated claims that he was clean.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | By August Brown
He's a rock god, television host , avant-garde pianist , feminine hygiene product endorser and record holder for longest drum performance . Now the one-man party maelstrom that is Andrew W.K. can add a new line to his C.V.: published author of an exquisite guide to his favorite activity. Which is partying, of course. Simon & Schuster picked up rights to "The Party Bible," W.K.'s new comprehensive book of motivational maxims and his metaphysics of partying. According to publisher Michael Szczerban, via the Onion A.V. Club , the book is “an unforgettable voyage in search of truth, wisdom, and party bliss ... every feeling will be permitted, every thought will become prophecy, and humanity's surging life force will be harnessed and ridden into the abyss.
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