December 24, 2012 |
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you may likely make a New Year's resolution related to books. You might announce that you will read a great book that's defeated you before. “I will read 'Ulysses' this year,” you might say, as I will this New Year's Eve. Over at "The Spectator," they've rounded up a bunch of writers who've made that kind of promise to themselves and then regretted it. They've tried to read that great book, and given up. They've decided, finally, that the problem isn't them -- it's the book.
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.
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.
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 1, 2013 |
Nick Offerman, the man behind the best mustache on "Parks and Recreation," knows how to satirize machismo, but his home woodworking shop is no joke. Offerman's turn as Ron Swanson has introduced him to TV audiences, but his very funny new memoir, "Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living" (Dutton, $26.95), will allow readers to get to know the comedian behind the 'stache. In the book, Offerman reveals he is a former student of kabuki fight theater, a guitarist, a woodworker, former set designer and that, as a break dancer (!
May 28, 2013 |
Give that special someone a one-of-a-kind book featuring the LA Times front pages commemorating a birthday, anniversary or favorite sports team.
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.
July 15, 2013 |
"The Book of Mormon" has added five more weeks to its return engagement to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. A touring Broadway production of the hit musical from the creators of "South Park" is scheduled to run at the Pantages from Jan. 21 to March 16. The Tony-winning musical initially came to the Pantages in 2012 for a 12-week run as part of the first national tour that kicked off last year in Denver. The musical has since created a second national tour, which is coming to L.A. with a cast that currently includes Nic Rouleau and Ben Platt as two bumbling missionaries sent to a remote village in Africa.
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.