July 26, 1987 |
Spies are statements of our national loyalty. --Spy novelist John le Carre James Bond has a new face. He's mean and lethal in the spirit of the early Bond films and original Ian Fleming novels. In "The Living Daylights," he comes up against international arms merchants, a phony KGB defector and an intricate political money-laundering operation that takes him around the world. It's wonderful fantasy . . . or is it? The plot of the new Bond sounds suspiciously like today's headlines.
February 15, 2013 |
There's a subtle arc to Jim Gavin's first book, "Middle Men" (Simon & Schuster: 224 pp., $23). Gathering seven stories largely set in Southern California, it opens with a high school basketball player and ends with Marty Costello, a plumbing supply salesman who "averages 50,000 miles per year, vast territories, circles of latitude, Inglewood to Barstow, sailing across SoCal, all day every day. " In between, we meet men of different ages, from Costello's...
January 31, 1993
Someone should tell you that TV characters are fictional. That means they are not real people and therefore we should make no attempt to model our lives after them. DOUGLAS CARRIGAN Studio City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1988
The passing of Heinlein recalls my meeting with him in the late 1930s when I was an aspiring writer still in high school and he resided next door to my father in the Hollywood Hills. While recovering from tuberculosis, he read a great deal and one day met a writer whose work he critiqued. That writer bet Heinlein that he couldn't write science fiction and sell it. Bob Heinlein advised me that a good writer should have many facts on hand so that he or she could select the best, whether for fiction or nonfiction, so that the writing product would be realistic and entertaining.
May 12, 2007
FRED THOMPSON'S "Law & Order" television performances exist in a fictional world, and for a political challenger to be threatened by the airing of his work is alarming news indeed ["This Run Could Ruin the Reruns," by Matea Gold and Jim Puzzanghera, May 4]. After all, one assumes that our politicians have a firm grasp of the difference between illusion and reality. Should Thompson run for president and should his opponents demand equal time, one rule must apply in fairness to Thompson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1985 |
Submitted for your approval: A science fiction collection of 300,000 items worth millions of dollars that Forest Ackerman wants to donate to the City of Los Angeles for a museum. But in six years of trying, the museum remains in "The Twilight Zone." Ackerman, 69, said his ultimate fantasy is for the city to provide the $5 million to build a 30,000-square-foot exhibit hall somewhere in Los Angeles.
June 15, 2004 |
The best-known castaways -- Tom Hanks and his volleyball, for example, and Robinson Crusoe -- come from the world of make-believe. One way to tolerate the idea of enduring years without human contact, apparently, is to fictionalize it. Daniel Defoe transformed Scotsman Alexander Selkirk, who spent four years on an island off Chile, into Crusoe -- and gave him a sidekick for company.
December 15, 2011 |
'50/50" was the first feature script I ever wrote. The reason? When it came to writing, there was nothing exceptional about any of my ideas. I'd always aspired to write movies like the very ones that inspired me: "The Apartment," "Harry and Tonto," "Harold and Maude. " Comedies that are not only funny, they're tragic and they're human. But those movies are experiential meditations, and when I was in my early 20s, the only thing I knew to write about was what it's like to be single, horny and terrified of women.
April 20, 2013
Festival of Books What: Rob Roberge is on the panel "Fiction: True Grit" in conversation with Frank Bill, James Greer and Joshua Mohr, moderated by Jim Ruland. Where: Annenberg Auditorium, USC When: 2 p.m. Sunday Price: Free. Tickets are available online. There is a $1 service fee applied to each ticket reserved. Information: latimes.com/festivalofbooks