September 1, 2010
FAMILY Walking With Dinosaurs The award-winning BBC TV series comes to life in this scaly theatrical event. Fifteen life-size animatronic dinosaurs, including the terror of the ancient terrain, Tyrannosaurus rex , fight for survival and supremacy in a spectacle that melds science and entertainment. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. (714) 704-2500. http://www.dinosaurlive.
July 25, 2010 |
The Four Fingers of Death A Novel Rick Moody Little, Brown: 730 pp., $25.99 Rick Moody grew up on a nutritious diet of Pynchon, Vonnegut (to whom this book is dedicated), Roth and Updike, some Melville and Hawthorne for New England-style moralizing, a pinch of Carlos Castaneda for spice and a good helping of the Bible (comfort food, the cassava of Western culture). He has described — in four previous novels, two story collections, a collection of novellas and a memoir — exactly what it might be like to grow up on planet Earth in the late 20th and early 21st centuries: broken promises, broken relationships, great hopes for technology and the quickening devastation of beauty.
June 3, 2007 |
THERE'S a pun in the title of Rick Moody's audacious and uneven eighth book, "Right Livelihoods," but whether it's the thugs' hoods or the 'hoods they inhabit that are right lively is up for grabs. What's unmistakable in this trio of novellas is Moody's obsession with meaning and misunderstanding, and the netherworlds in between. The trilogy opens with "The Omega Force," a post-Sept. 11 farce about a blowhard whose fall off the wagon makes him see evil-doers lurking in every shadow. Dr.
September 12, 2005 |
Ambitious. Audacious. That's Rick Moody's new novel, "The Diviners," the exuberant tale of a proposed miniseries called "The Diviners" that exists in concept only, yet spins the wheel of fortune for a cast of dozens. "The light that illuminates the world begins in Los Angeles," Moody writes in the opening sentence of the prologue, titled "Opening Credits and Theme Music."
May 26, 2002 |
The world is awash in blood, not the blood of war or civil strife but the blood of writers eager to tell the story of their lives. Incest, poverty, discrimination, death, disease, depression and addiction are worthy subjects, but confession comes too easy nowadays, and memoir too often an excuse to open the floodgates of the artistic life.
February 21, 2001 |
To be fair, it is not highly professional to tell a tired writer on a book tour that you think he has a nice face. Some people might think you are, how do you say, "coming on to them." But like a lot of Rick Moody's readers, I feel like I know him (every author's worst nightmare). He has become, for a generation of people in their 30s and 40s, a dark chronicler of American suburbia--mostly the East Coast variety, but it translates.