May 3, 2013 |
To some people - those who might attend a guerrilla reading in San Francisco, for example - Ken Baumann is a writer and small-press publisher who is part of the contemporary literary vanguard. And yet, to a generation of adolescent girls, he's instantly recognizable as a star of the beloved ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," now in its last season. "As long as I can do both, why wouldn't I want to?" Baumann asks at an L.A. cafe. He's lanky and pale-skinned, making it easy to see why he was cast as a high school student in 2008 (he's now 23)
August 1, 1996 |
It's not a pretty picture, a ghostly Jerry Garcia with a skeleton clutching his shoulder. But the illustration is appropriate for Rolling Stone's latest cover story, "The Secret Life of Jerry Garcia," which lays out the dark side of the bearish rock star and his use of heroin. The recollections of friends and lovers come a year after Garcia's death and are taken from Robert Greenfield's "Dark Star," an oral biography newly published by William Morrow & Co.
May 7, 2012
Concerned that mobile phone networks are becoming surveillance tools, the American Civil Liberties Union recently asked hundreds of local law enforcement agencies whether they've tracked people's movements through their cellphones. Most of those that responded said they had, usually obtaining the information from mobile phone companies without a warrant. The practice has become so routine, the ACLU found, that phone companies are sending out catalogs of monitoring services with detailed price lists to police agencies.
December 20, 2009 |
There are loads of kids brought up with the idea of Santa Claus -- or some version of Father Christmas -- who start doubting his existence early on. These kids ask their parents questions such as: "He couldn't really visit everyone in the world in one night, could he?" and "Aren't you really Santa Claus?" There is another type of kid that clings to the idea of a benevolent, magical deliverer of gifts, long after the age of reason in other matters. These kids write elaborate letters to Santa with complete mastery of the five-paragraph-essay format.
November 1, 2013 |
NEW YORK - When screenwriter Steven Conrad was hired to write a draft of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" three years ago, he knew the degree of difficulty would be high. After all, over a development period of more than 15 years, about a half-dozen writers had unsuccessfully given it a shot, some with logical pedigrees (Peter Tolan, "Analyze This"), some less likely (Richard LaGravanese, "The Fisher King"). "I didn't think of it as Kurtz - six writers had tried and never been heard from again," said Conrad, tossing in an ominous "Apocalypse Now" reference.
June 2, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 2 - 8, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES The Voice The top six artists perform in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC The Secret Life of the American Teenager Graduation brings an end to the high school careers of the teens and the end of the series. Daren Kagasoff, Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann, Michael Grant and Allen Evangelista star.
March 22, 2010
SERIES How I Met Your Mother: Ted (Josh Radnor) brings a date to Lily's (Alyson Hannigan) birthday dinner in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Dancing With the Stars: Host Tom Bergeron and judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba return as 11 new teams trip pair up for a new season. Among the stars: astronaut Buzz Aldrin; Pamela Anderson, Shannen Doherty and Niecy Nash; Erin Andrews; Olympic gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek; Kate Gosselin; former TV "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka; Aiden Turner ("All My Children")
February 26, 2010 |
Whether they're true or not, myths and legends that surround poets help us to see their work in a comprehensible context. Say the names Keats, Poe or Plath, for instance, and images of consumption, drug addiction and mental illness may come to mind, just as the image of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson as an eccentric recluse has persisted largely based on her poetry and a few scraps of biographical information. Slim pickings for a biographical novel, yet the attraction of Dickinson's poetry for Jerome Charyn inspired him to attempt to put flesh on those mythical bones in his novel "The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson."
May 9, 2010 |
The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain The Surprising Talents of the Middle-aged Mind Barbara Strauch Viking: 218 pp., $26.95 Good news! Our middle-aged brains are surprisingly competent and surprisingly talented. We're smarter, calmer, happier and, as one scientist (herself in middle age) puts it: "We just know stuff." We may forget names, or even what we had for breakfast, but Barbara Strauch amasses study after study that shows the human brain is "at its peak in those years and stays there longer than any of us dared to hope."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2008 |
For more than 20 years, I've been writing about local history, and never once has Southern California let me down. I've found no shortage of tycoons and beggars, dreamy spiritualists, mad-eyed killers. This 227-year-old city has had a few angels, but it's the others who often make for the most fascinating storytelling.