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 25, 2009 |
Thirty-five years ago this summer, a 21-year-old Aussie named Rocky Perone made his professional baseball debut. Except he wasn't 21. He wasn't Australian. And he wasn't Rocky Perone. He was Rich Pohle, who grew up in Maine but so convincingly forged a phony identity that the San Diego Padres signed him to a contract even though he actually was 36 and, when not in character, spoke with a thick New England accent. Pohle (pronounced POH-lee) made it through only one minor league game in Idaho before he was found out, but the infielder's tale of determination and deception endured after he wrote a first-person account of it for Sports Illustrated in 1979.
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.
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]
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)
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
January 3, 2013 |
Clue: This brainiac earned 74 Jeopardy! wins as well as a spot on Barbara Walters' list of the 10 most fascinating people of the year. Answer: Who is Ken Jennings? The trivia mastermind and famed "Jeopardy!" champion is back in print with a new book that reveals parents may not know as much as they think they do. " Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids " humorously debunks such commonplace parental admonitions as "It's too dark to read in here, you'll hurt your eyes!"