March 23, 2012
These Dreams of You Steve Erickson Europa Editions: 309 pp., $16 paper
September 12, 2013 |
It's a question that has long fascinated and flummoxed those who study human behavior: From whence comes the impulse to dream? Are dreams generated from the brain's "top" -- the high-flying cortical structures that allow us to reason, perceive, act and remember? Or do they come from the brain's "bottom" -- the unheralded brainstem, which quietly oversees such basic bodily functions as respiration, heart rate, salivation and temperature control? At stake is what to make of the funny, sexual, scary and just plain bizarre mental scenarios that play themselves out in our heads while we sleep.
December 13, 2012 |
Documentaries don't get more one-sided than "American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness," but what a persuasive side it is. Watching this alarm-sounding, anti-corporate exposé may make more than a few viewers consider getting off the grid -- if not the planet -- as soon as humanly possible. Producer-director Patrea Patrick (she also shot, edited and narrated the film plus co-wrote it with Jack Tucker) takes America to task for allowing private banks and multinational companies, not its citizens, to control our economy, which, the movie contends, has led to "a cartelization of the world.
March 3, 2013 |
Where: Departs from Lincoln Heights Cypress Gold Line station When: 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and July 22 Price: $55 Info: (323) 223-2767, www.esotouric.com/fante
August 8, 2010 |
Everybody has an opinion about "Inception," and mine comes in the form of a question: Why are the movie's architectural settings, for the most part, so hackneyed? Christopher Nolan's hyper-complex psychological thriller doesn't just make architecture a central theme; the whole story hinges on the ability of architects to design buildings, neighborhoods and whole cities inside other people's dreams. Early on, Leonardo DiCaprio's brooding hero, Cobb, gives us reason to look forward to those invented worlds when he warns the young architect he's hired, Ariadne (Ellen Page)
HOME & GARDEN
November 10, 2009 |
Annette Cook, the founder and chief executive of Barefoot Dreams, and her husband, Stan , have sold an ocean-view contemporary in Malibu for $3 million. The gated home, built in 1983, has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,089 square feet. It sits on 1 1/2 acres with lawns and fruit trees. There are stone patios, a built-in barbecue, a fire pit and a spa. A separate guest suite with a den, a bathroom and a kitchen sits above the three-car garage. Cook has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "The Big Idea With Donnie Deutsch," among other shows, to discuss her business success, born out of the need to pay off $85,000 in student loans.