October 2, 2013 |
As the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind "Argo," Ben Affleck certainly knows the difference between a good spy story and a bad one. Part of his education came from novelist Tom Clancy, who died Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital. The bestselling author of espionage tales was 66. As a young actor, Affleck was cast in the 2002 film adaptation of "The Sum of All Fears," in which Affleck played Clancy's famous CIA operative Jack Ryan. PHOTOS: Tom Clancy: 1947-2013 “I think Tom was really the first major writer in the genre to make realism the top priority," Affleck said Tuesday.
September 25, 2013 |
When I lived in Britain, and in many subsequent visits there, I was always struck by the extensive coverage of the Booker Prize, an award for English-language fiction that is now known as the Man Booker Prize. No American newspaper, even the New York Times, ever lavished such attention on U.S. literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Inclusion even on the “shortlist" of finalists for the Booker meant a jump in sales and appearances on the BBC. What was strange about the Booker was that it purported to be international but excluded American novelists.
September 25, 2013 |
It never ceases to amaze how sports can become a morality play, and take so many wrong and disgusting turns along the way. Take the case of the football coach of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, Jerry Kill. Kill has epilepsy. He has had four seizures during games, including one Sept. 14. He is 52, has worked his way through the highly competitive world of college football to earn a job in the prestigious Big Ten, is in his third season, has beaten cancer, has beaten the four teams he has played this season, and now has to beat the perception that he should step down because of his epilepsy.
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September 23, 2013
Oscar Espinosa Chepe Cuban economist fell out with Castro Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities, died Monday at a hospital near Madrid, where he had been undergoing treatment for chronic liver disease. Espinosa was one of 75 writers and political activists locked up in 2003 during the Black Spring, a notorious crackdown on dissent that provoked international criticism and EU sanctions lasting five years.
September 21, 2013 |
Comedy writer and actor Patton Oswalt stars in "The Heart, She Holler," Adult Swim's surreal Southern Gothic series about the twisted and mercifully fictitious Heartshe clan, now in its second season of 11-minute episodes. How would you describe "The Heart, She Holler" to someone who hasn't seen it? Oh, boy. Imagine the most annoying Silver Lake hipster and what they think the Deep South must be. Then give them bath salts, have them describe the Deep South and have them write down and film whatever they say. How did you get involved in this?
September 19, 2013 |
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturay's menu of games: MORNING North Texas (2-1) at No. 9 Georgia (1-1) 9 a.m., KDOC Any wonder why the Southeastern Conference is No. 1? While the Pac-12 Network and DirecTV continue to hold subscribers hostage with their impasse, the SEC continues to spread its superiority ideology to the SoCal market via local access cable.
September 17, 2013 |
Chris Keyser has been reelected for a second term as president of the 8,000-member Writers Guild of America, West. Keyser, co-creator of the Fox television series "Party of Five," was first elected in September 2011 when he defeated the better-known Patric Verrone, who led the union during the 2007-2008 strike. But Keyser ran unopposed in board elections this month. He will help to negotiate a new film and TV contract to replace the current one that expires in May 2014. PHOTOS: 2012 highest-paid media executives Also reelected was Vice President Howard Rodman, who ran unopposed; and Secretary-Treasurer Carl Gottlieb, who narrowly defeated challenger Dan Wilcox.
September 16, 2013 |
Joshua S. Raab means to provoke us. His Santa Monica-based journal theNewerYork seeks a new way of engaging with literature; even to call it a journal, he might say, is to miss the point. Visit the website and you'll see what he means. theNewerYork exists as a print annual - pocket-sized, featuring short works by writers such as Steve Almond, Les Plesko and Stephen Jay Schwartz; Book III is just out. But that's just one iteration. There's also the EEEL , or Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, a set of virtual broadsides featuring single texts accompanied by art, as well as a monthly print subscription series called thePaperEEEL . “The dream,” Raab explains, “is that when somebody submits a short fiction to theNewerYork then BOOM that story is now in a book, graphically designed on a poster, adapted into a short film, performed at one of our literary carnivals . At some point it becomes the art of storytelling but we will remain literary publishers, in all forms.” Recently, we corresponded, via email, about theNewerYork.
September 15, 2013 |
Memories of summer camp in the mountains of western North Carolina bring me back to a safe, sweet place. I can feel my face soften as I recall sitting with friends between two skinny trees, a breeze cooling our faces, canoeing in a lake and being lulled to sleep by sounds of a stream flowing over smooth rocks. Added to my childhood memories now are a lifetime of vacations within a couple of hours of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which lures 9.5 million visitors a year to its 814 square miles that straddle Tennessee and North Carolina.
September 12, 2013 |
Theater festivals have the potential to galvanize an audience, but in a sprawling city already awash in performance, the importance of sharp curating can't be overemphasized. Radar L.A., an adventurous amalgam of international theater, made a winning debut in 2011 in part because it recognized that L.A. is a unique metropolis and that a replica of New York's Under the Radar Festival just wouldn't cut it. It took more than two years for the festival to return, but the wait promises to be worth it. The program, presented by REDCAT and CalArts in association with Center Theatre Group and a consortium of other partners, features work from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, New Zealand and Japan as well as our own backyard.