June 27, 2009 |
It isn't easy being a teen, especially if you're Karl Shoemaker, the expletive-spewing protagonist at the center of John Barnes' "Tales of the Madman Underground." By Page 5 of this darkly comic coming-of-age novel for young adults, Shoemaker has sworn as many times, disparaging the numerous cats that his hippie mom has let defile their house and his own frustrated attempts to deal with a living situation from which he desperately wants to escape.
February 23, 1986 |
If your children would never dream of sticking bubble gum on the cat, then it's probably OK to let them read this. But if it hasn't yet occurred to them how much fun it might be to dump flour, rice, sugar, coffee and salt onto your clean floor then mush it all together, better wait. This is full of great ideas. These seven hilarious stories are about all those messy, naughty, horrifying things children seem to do innately.
August 4, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - Los Angeles bar designer Ricki Kline stands on New Orleans' Bourbon Street at 3 a.m. holding a Sazerac in a plastic to-go cup while bartenders from across the country shout greetings, shake hands and swig from unlabeled bottles of boutique booze they barrel-aged themselves. It's the spillover from Tales of the Cocktail, the world's largest annual gathering of bartenders and liquor professionals, with more than 21,000 attendees eager to soak up trade secrets of the craft cocktail movement that has spread from New York and Los Angeles to unexpected towns in America's heartland and beyond.
January 1, 2014 |
When Nelson Lopéz was preparing the first bilingual translation of "Tales of Clay," a landmark short-story collection by the legendary Salvadoran writer known as Salarrué, he turned for inspiration to some unlikely sources: Mark Twain and the Coen brothers. First published in 1933, the three dozen stories in "Tales of Clay" evoke the harsh lives and slangy rural idiom of El Salvador's indigenous peasants. Their author, Salvador Efraín Salazar Arrué, a.k.a. Salarrué (pronounced sal-ru-ay)
May 23, 2010 |
Darwin's Bastards Astounding Tales From Tomorrow Selected and edited by Zsuzsi Gartner Douglas & McIntyre: 456 pp., $21.95 Reading Zsuzsi Gartner's introduction to "Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales From Tomorrow," you might get the idea that the future's gotten old. It's been a while, after all, since Y2K turned out to be a bust, and even longer since William Gibson invented cyberspace. Given Gartner's tone of 1990s-style millennial anxiety — her concerns include "[g]
March 27, 2014 |
The middling "Locker 13" is a "Twilight Zone"-like anthology of quasi-chilling stories mostly unified by an unlucky little storage closet and the theme of choices and consequences. Featuring five short yarns, each spun out by its own writer and director, the film takes a decidedly old-fashioned approach to situation and character. The result is an alternately creaky and intriguing ride, one of earnest ambition and dashed potential. More consistent is the array of knowing performances, led by the dependable Jon Gries ("Napoleon Dynamite")
September 7, 1986
I'd like to thank KTLA for airing "Tales From the Darkside." It is one of my favorite shows to watch each weekend. S. Toscano, Baldwin Park
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October 31, 1997 |
John Beck's first hint that his peculiar house has a peculiar history came from a neighbor with a story about the building's lack of corners. Built in 1940, it has curved walls, the neighbor informed him, so that spirits have no place to hide. Then there was the former tenant who stopped by with tales about lights coming on untouched, and another neighbor who swore she once visited a woman in the house only to learn later that her hostess had died a few weeks before.