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November 15, 1997 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Robert Baker, novelist and filmmaker whose over-the-top satire enthusiastically blended humor with rage and violence, has died. He was 50. Baker, perhaps best known for his novel "Tim and Pete," committed suicide Nov. 5 in his Pacific Palisades home, said his friend Ken Camp. The writer's other books include "Adrenaline," about two gay fugitives, "Fuel-Injected Dreams," a sendup of the rock music industry, and "Boy Wonder," which satirized the film business Baker came to loathe.
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NEWS
November 15, 1997 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Robert Baker, novelist and filmmaker whose over-the-top satire enthusiastically blended humor with rage and violence, has died. He was 50. Baker, perhaps best known for his novel "Tim and Pete," committed suicide Nov. 5 in his Pacific Palisades home, said his friend Ken Camp. The writer's other books include "Adrenaline," about two gay fugitives, "Fuel-Injected Dreams," a sendup of the rock music industry, and "Boy Wonder," which satirized the film business Baker came to loathe.
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NEWS
April 8, 1993 | ROY RIVENBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Author James Robert Baker could well be the Ice-T of the gay culture. In a manner reminiscent of the rapper's controversial song "Cop Killer," Baker's latest novel depicts the assassination of anti-gay politicians and clergymen. "Tim and Pete" (Simon & Schuster) depicts a fictional gang of "AIDS kamikazes"--hopped up on speed and armed with machine guns--who, before they die, decide to mow down a few right-wingers. Their motto: "If I get AIDS, I'm going to take someone with me."
NEWS
April 19, 1993
Re "He's Angry, Raunchy and Unapologetic" (April 8): Angry author James Robert Baker has written a novel in which AIDS kamikazes kill gay-bashing conservatives. Baker himself believes the rage expressed in his novel comes from the grief over friends dying of AIDS and his opinion that uncaring conservatives are supposedly at least partly responsible for these deaths. It is my opinion that Baker's rage, his literary suggestion of violence, comes not just from grief and blame-pinning but from a sick life and perhaps too much TV watching.
NEWS
April 19, 1993
Re "He's Angry, Raunchy and Unapologetic" (April 8): Angry author James Robert Baker has written a novel in which AIDS kamikazes kill gay-bashing conservatives. Baker himself believes the rage expressed in his novel comes from the grief over friends dying of AIDS and his opinion that uncaring conservatives are supposedly at least partly responsible for these deaths. It is my opinion that Baker's rage, his literary suggestion of violence, comes not just from grief and blame-pinning but from a sick life and perhaps too much TV watching.
BOOKS
November 13, 1988
In "Off the Wall on Madison Avenue" (by Sean Mitchell, Sept. 18), Jay Chiat of Chiat / Day was quoted as saying: "I think everyone in advertising has questions about the superficiality of what we do. But we try to do great work." Advertising is what drives American business. I think Jay Chiat would agree that any reputable advertising agency is committed to economic growth through promotion of reputable products that enhance progress.
BOOKS
June 1, 1986 | Schuyler Ingle, Ingle waits for winter to end and summer to begin in Seattle
Scott Cochran is a late-night L.A. deejay, a self-described "macho super-stud, male feminist, and untreatable schizophrenic," with an uninhibited '80s version of the old Dave Diamond in the Diamond Mine deejay rap. "I wanna get on the death trip, boys and girls!" And get on the death trip he does. In a big way. Scott had a girlfriend in Palos Verdes High School. He lost her at age 16 and never quite recovered despite about 20 years of mileage.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The sleek opening credits of "Testosterone," which is as passionate as a tango, are punctuated by drawings that chart the flowering romance between a handsome L.A. graphic novelist (David Sutcliffe) and an even handsomer Argentine (Antonio Sabato Jr.). The two are uninhibitedly consumed with passion for each other, or so it seems. Then Sabato's Pablo goes out for cigarettes and never returns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2005 | James Ricci, Times Staff Writer
Heading north from Santa Monica Boulevard on Hilldale, you pass streets with the reassuringly single-entendre names of Keith and Norma. Then you come to Dicks Street. The street is a two-block stretch of 44 small abodes, most of them handsomely updated, that peek demurely from behind high shrubs and other ornamental horticulture. The afternoon sunlight sifting down through the street's many tall trees imparts a pleasant, domestic sleepiness to the place.
MAGAZINE
September 5, 1993 | NINA J. EASTON, Nina J. Easton is the magazine's staff writer. Her last article was "Shinto Meets Chanel," about the crown prince and princess of Japan
WE BEGIN WITH THE PALMS, TOWering imperiously over Beverly Drive, lazily looping MacArthur Park, silently swaying to the beat of Pasadena's Rose Parade as frigid Easterners look on enviously. We begin with the palms because they so often do, the storytellers who bottle the essence of Southern California, spraying its seductive mist on the rest of the world. Like its chaotic citizenry, most of Southern California's palms are recent transplants, squatters on the natural flora.
NEWS
April 8, 1993 | ROY RIVENBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Author James Robert Baker could well be the Ice-T of the gay culture. In a manner reminiscent of the rapper's controversial song "Cop Killer," Baker's latest novel depicts the assassination of anti-gay politicians and clergymen. "Tim and Pete" (Simon & Schuster) depicts a fictional gang of "AIDS kamikazes"--hopped up on speed and armed with machine guns--who, before they die, decide to mow down a few right-wingers. Their motto: "If I get AIDS, I'm going to take someone with me."
BOOKS
November 13, 1988
In "Off the Wall on Madison Avenue" (by Sean Mitchell, Sept. 18), Jay Chiat of Chiat / Day was quoted as saying: "I think everyone in advertising has questions about the superficiality of what we do. But we try to do great work." Advertising is what drives American business. I think Jay Chiat would agree that any reputable advertising agency is committed to economic growth through promotion of reputable products that enhance progress.
BOOKS
June 1, 1986 | Schuyler Ingle, Ingle waits for winter to end and summer to begin in Seattle
Scott Cochran is a late-night L.A. deejay, a self-described "macho super-stud, male feminist, and untreatable schizophrenic," with an uninhibited '80s version of the old Dave Diamond in the Diamond Mine deejay rap. "I wanna get on the death trip, boys and girls!" And get on the death trip he does. In a big way. Scott had a girlfriend in Palos Verdes High School. He lost her at age 16 and never quite recovered despite about 20 years of mileage.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2004
Friday After Freedom Drama Vitagraph With: Mic Tomasi, Greg Satamian, Sophie Chahinian The idea: Cultural tug of war set in Glendale as a young Armenian American is torn between his tightknit community and finding his own way. Writer-director: Vahe Babaian * So?
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