2 months ago | A Considerable Town
At current count, 43-year-old Brandon Christopher has talked his way into 82 jobs — from a five-hour stint as a mortuary driver to a four-year gig writing and producing documentaries. In between, he had to file for unemployment just twice. His 83r...
3 months ago | Theater
Sometimes art imitates life and sometimes life imitates art. And somewhere in between, sometimes things get curious. Hollywood's Fountain Theatre recently opened a play dealing with parenthood, the mystery of creation and the scars of loss. What i...
7 months ago | Art
Anyone who visited "Under Big Black Sun," MOCA’s 2011-12 Pacific Standard Time exhibit that took the fertile anarchy of '70s L.A. art as its theme, won’t have trouble grasping the thesis of art critic Michael Fallon’s new book, Creating the Future...
7 months ago | Books
If Hollywood has never quite inspired the Great American Novel, it's not for lack of trying. Since the birth of Tinseltown, more than 500 books have fictionalized our most famous industry. And why not? Hollywood is a more than serviceable stand-in...
8 months ago | Books
“There are three kinds of lies,” British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is purported to have said. “Lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Disraeli would have enjoyed both the tone and the premise of economist Gary Smith’s often funny and frequentl...
8 months ago
The Lotus and the Storm, Lan Cao's high-profile follow-up to her best-selling debut, Monkey Bridge, revisits her preoccupation with how U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam continues to reverberate through both countries, via a fam...