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.
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
April 13, 1986 |
James (Jamie) Winslow Ricklehouse, a "translucently fair" 40-year-old woman is the witty narrator of Nora Johnson's formidable, fabulist tale about money and power--"for usually they go together." A Catholic, the daughter of a scion of a successful business, known simply as The Firm, she tells us what it was like being brought up in a privileged Manhattan family during the '50s and '60s.
May 4, 1989 |
In the Night Cafe by Joyce Johnson (E. P. Dutton: $17.95. 231 pages) In a memoir, people and events appear because they were real. In a novel, they appear because they have to be real. Joyce Johnson wrote a first-rate memoir several years ago. "Minor Characters" told of her young days as a middle-class student from Queens who, for a few years, became part--a small but wonderfully sentient part--of the Beat circle around Jack Kerouac. Now, Johnson has written a novel with a roughly similar theme.
March 16, 1986 |
This latest fiction offering from prolific Chicago priest Andrew M. Greeley is the kind of status-conscious romance in which eyes flash anger, jaws set in grim determination, and clothes really matter. Mixing vague diabolism with steamy sex in Chicago's Irish Catholic aristocracy, the story concerns a beautiful but tortured art dealer who struggles against repressive church doctrine and her own weird demons to find happiness with a gruff but giving police official she knew as a child.
March 7, 2013 |
The starting point for Marisa Silver's new novel, "Mary Coin," was a moment of genius that unfolded on a California roadside more than 70 years ago. Just outside the coastal valley town of Nipomo in 1936, photographer Dorothea Lange spotted a migrant farmworker family sitting in a tent off U.S. Highway 101. After a few minutes of conversation, Lange snapped six shots of a mother and her children. The sixth became the defining American photograph of the Great Depression. Silver, a writer with a sharp eye for the visual (she began her artistic career as a filmmaker)