January 7, 2014 |
Debuting Tuesday as part of the PBS series "American Experience," "The Poisoner's Handbook" offers a fascinating look back at how the chemical age changed police work. Based on Deborah Blum's 2010 book "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York," it is divided into toxin-specific "chapters," (cyanide, arsenic, carbon monoxide, lead, radium, denatured alcohol and so on), but there is nothing particularly instructional about it. A certain sort of viewer might get ideas, of course, but should he watch to the end he will learn that poisoning is a hard crime to get away with anymore.
September 30, 2012
HIKING Presentation Author Ellen Eastwood will discuss "The Trail Hound's Handbook," which reinvents the hiking guidebook as a pet-focused, outdoor activity guide for children and families. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St., and 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. Admission, info: Free. (818) 831-5555 for Northridge, (626) 447-5408 for Arcadia. JOSHUA TREE Field class For ages 8 to 13 (and parents or guardians)
September 13, 2010
Needles and guns Re "U.S. takes an urgent tone on Mexico," Sept. 9, and "Where's the outrage?," Column, Sept. 9 After reading your excellent recent articles about the terrible cost of Mexico's drug war, I'm baffled by an omission. Where is the analysis of the huge role that U.S. drug policy plays in the carnage? Mexican government spokesman Alejandro Poire puts it in a nutshell when he says, "Perhaps the most important similarity …[between what Columbia faced and Mexico now faces]
September 9, 2010 |
When asked what book changed your life, you're supposed to answer with something serious and respectable: "The Catcher in the Rye," "Invisible Man" or, if you're being clever, "Goodnight Moon. " I've offered up such titles plenty of times, but they've always been a lie. The book that really changed my life was "The Official Preppy Handbook. " That dapper little paperback, which sold 1.3 million copies, was published 30 years ago this fall. If you're of a certain age (i.e. if you're wearing reading glasses right now)
April 25, 2010 |
In January, Prada's fall/winter 2010 men's runway show in Milan included a model in a navy blue blazer and khaki-colored trousers, an unmistakable signal that the preppy aesthetic was surging back into fashion. So no real surprise, then, when April brought word that Lisa Birnbach, co-author and editor of "The Official Preppy Handbook," is working on a follow-up to her madras-print-covered bible for the boarding school set with "True Prep," which is due to hit shelves a month short of the original's 30th anniversary.
April 18, 2010 |
The Secret Miracle The Novelist's Handbook Edited by Daniel Alarcon Henry Holt: 358 pp., $16 "This book is not a how-to," writes Daniel Alarcon in his introduction. "No such book exists because it cannot be written." Instead, "The Secret Miracle" is a collection of "round-table interviews" with 54 novelists, inspired by a similar, smaller event that takes place at 826 Valencia, a writers' center-forum-workshop in San Francisco. The writers answer questions about influences ("What do you look for in a novel?"