April 12, 2013 |
The profane book for adults written in the form of a children's book, "Go the F-- to Sleep," may soon be coming to a multiplex near you. The husband-and-wife writing team, actors Ken Marino and Erica Oyama, have signed on to adapt the book for the screen. Marino was one of the stars of the cult hit "Party Down. " More recently, he's directed and starred in the spoof of "The Bachelor"-style shows, "Burning Love," a Yahoo Internet series coming to the cable channel E. Oyama is the series' writer and creator.
April 4, 2013 |
Prescription sleep medications can be balm for the insomniac, but for many who take medications marketed as Ambien, Restoril and Lunesta, they can come with a cost: fogginess that can last into the next day. An experimental medication may help induce sleep without the hangover of impaired attention, memory and learning that is common with so-called hypnotic sedatives now available to consumers. The investigational drug works on receptors in a region of the brain that's key for allowing us to fall into slumber: the lateral hypothalamus, where molecules called orexins are released throughout the day to keep us alert and awake.
March 25, 2013 |
The tall stalk of pale, Scottish androgyny known as Tilda Swinton has brought her 1995 performance-art piece "The Maybe" to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The piece, which requires the Oscar-winning actress to lie inside a transparent box for hours at a stretch, is expected to be performed periodically during the year, according to reports. MoMA didn't publicize Swinton's project, nor has it provided a schedule of her appearances. News of the actress' arrival to the museum came Saturday from the website Gothamist, which has photos of Swinton lying in a state of repose as museum visitors look on. Swinton's "The Maybe" has prompted a number of amused Tweets from cultural VIPs and other observers.
March 22, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - For the first five games of the CIF state basketball championships played Friday at Sleep Train Arena, shooters were off target. Again and again. Four of the 10 teams didn't make it out of the 20s in shooting percentage. And Southern California teams won every game. By the final game of the night, the Division I championship, hometown favorite Elk Grove Pleasant Grove finally gave Northern California fans something to cheer about. With senior guards Matthew Hayes and Malik Thames scoring from outside and an ailing Jordan Mathews failing to reach any kind of comfort zone, Pleasant Grove was able to dominate Santa Monica en route to a 73-57 victory to gain the school's first state championship.
March 21, 2013 |
CIF state basketball championships Friday at Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento Girls Division V: Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (23-9) vs. Los Altos Hills Pinewood (23-7), 10 a.m. - Sierra Canyon sophomores Kennedy Burke (6 feet 1) and Cheyanne Wallace (5 feet 10) scored 28 and 20 points, respectively, in the regional final. The Trailblazers are making their first state championship appearance. Pinewood is seeking its seventh state title. The pick: Sierra Canyon. Girls Division III: Mission Hills Alemany (31-5)
March 18, 2013 |
Listening in on the electrical currents of teenagers' brains during sleep, scientists have begun to hear the sound of growing maturity. It happens most intensively between the ages of 12 and 16 1/2: After years of frenzied fluctuation, the brain's electrical output during the deepest phase of sleep -- the delta, or slow-wave phase, when a child's brain is undergoing its most restorative rest -- becomes practically steady. That reduced fluctuation in electroencephalogram signals during delta-phase sleep appears to coincide with what neuroscientists have described as major architectural changes in the brain that pave the way for cognitive maturity.
March 1, 2013 |
Doctors know that being chronically sleep-deprived can be hazardous to your health. Night-shift workers, college crammers and all the rest of us who get less than our fair share of zzz's are more likely to be obese and to suffer cardiovascular woes than people who get a consistent, healthful eight hours. Now scientists have some new clues about how lack of sleep translates into disease. After subjecting 26 volunteers to seven nights of insufficient shut-eye followed by a marathon all-nighter, researchers detected changes in the way hundreds of genes were expressed in their bodies.
February 23, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - The words "free agency" had barely left a reporter's mouth before Jered Weaver shot back. "I don't give a . . . " Weaver said. "You can quote me on that. " Actually, you can't, at least not in a family newspaper. Weaver wanted no part of any of the questions - whether he enjoyed a winter without the hassles of free agency, whether he had any second thoughts about his decision to pass up free agency, whether he might have thought differently had he known the Dodgers would emerge from bankruptcy as baseball's biggest ATM. Weaver would have been a free agent last winter had he not signed a five-year, $85-million extension with the Angels in 2011.
February 21, 2013 |
Janice Steinberg's latest creation isn't technically her creation at all. Rather, the protagonist in her new novel, "The Tin Horse" (Random House: 352 pp., $26 hardcover), is the fully formed version of a marginal character plucked from Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep," a figure Steinberg had been preoccupied with for a while. An unnamed young woman who appears for a few brief pages in Chapter 5 of Chandler's famous noir - she's in a bookstore, reading a law book, when the detective Philip Marlowe wanders in and asks her about one of the other stores on the street.
February 1, 2013 |
Rage is Back A Novel Adam Mansbach Viking: 304 pp., $26.95 "I always had this sense that there was a great American graffiti novel waiting to be written," Adam Mansbach says. Best known as the author of the bestselling, foul-mouthed "children's book for adults" "Go the F - to Sleep," Mansbach has penned an ambitious new novel. "Rage is Back" is a loving homage to graffiti culture in New York City. Graffiti has been celebrated in art books and documentaries and canonized in recent shows like MOCA's "Art in the Streets" exhibition, but few long works of fiction exist.