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 (!
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?
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...
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.
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.
July 2, 2013 |
Elizabeth Gilbert became a literary star after publishing "Eat, Pray, Love," her 2006 memoir of looking for verities of the heart and mind in far-flung places. In a slight departure, her forthcoming novel, "The Signature of All Things," set in the 19th century, will be about the curious daughter of a famous botanist who spends her time studying moss and "begins to unravel some of the central mysteries of revolution. " The 500-plus page book won't be published until October, but Viking on Monday released a polished trailer for the novel, which the publisher surely hopes will do better than 2010's " Committed ," a book about marriage that was generally less well received than the memoir that propelled Gilbert to prominence.
October 31, 1992
Now that the exhilaration over Madonna's new book "Sex" has begun to settle, I would like to point out the difference between the Madonna of yesterday and the Madonna of today. The Madonna of the '80s taught America that it was OK to be a woman. Controversial and not afraid to express her sexuality, she did more to liberate women than any ERA bill could have. Now, Madonna is trying to teach America that it is OK to be a slut. From a 22-year-old man's viewpoint--if you want to be a slut, you are going to live a lonely life.
August 2, 2012 |
Presumed Republican candidate Mitt Romney's international tour was marked by missteps. One speech he gave at a fundraiser in Jerusalem was controversial for the figures he cited about the economic disparities between Israel and the Palestinians, and also for the conclusions he made about what that said about their cultures. And now, the author of one of the books he referenced in that speech is speaking out. Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book "Guns, Germs and Steel," says Romney "misrepresented my views.
May 26, 2010 |
If you're still looking for a "big" novel to carry into the summer holidays — one in which you can lose yourself without the guilty suspicion that you're slumming — then Julie Orringer's "The Invisible Bridge" is the book you want. It has been seven years since Orringer made her hardcover debut with an intelligent, stylistically assured collection of fiercely, if darkly, observed short stories titled "How to Breathe Underwater." In the time since, there has been a trickle of additional stories and occasional literary chat about a novel long in preparation.
September 25, 2010 |
A good book will leave you laughing or crying. I just read one that left me wanting to take a shower. It is titled "Play Their Hearts Out. " It is about youth basketball and the general slime that surrounds it. If you think Johnny and Joey get those college scholarships by shooting hoops over the garage door and being molded to greatness by venerable Coach Tom at Neighborhood High, think again. First, some disclaimers. The book is written by George Dohrmann, who worked for me on the sports staff of The Times from 1995 to 1997.