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Arts, Public Spectacle Best L.A. Novel Ever: Karen Tei Yamashita's <i>Tropic of Orange </i> vs. Christopher Isherwood's <i>A Single Man</i>, Round 1

Best L.A. Novel Ever: Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange vs. Christopher Isherwood's A Single Man, Round 1

L.A. Weekly is determining the best L.A. novel ever by holding a tournament featuring 32 of our favorites in head-to-head matchups, until there's only one novel standing. For further reading check out: *Best L.A. Novel Ever: The Tournament Brackets *Best L.A. Novel Ever: More Matchups In the opening pages of…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Iranian Actress Sheila Vand's Path to <i>Argo</i> Ran Through UCLA and Experimental Steampunk

Iranian Actress Sheila Vand's Path to Argo Ran Through UCLA and Experimental Steampunk

See also: *More Film Coverage *Our Calendar Section, Listing Great Things to Do in L.A. Say the word "starlet" in polite conversation and risk conjuring up an image of Lindsey Lohan's mug shot or Amanda Bynes toking up in traffic. For aspiring young actresses in the thick of it, however,…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Mark Dery's <em>I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts</em>: Is It a Book in the Form of the Internet?

Mark Dery's I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Is It a Book in the Form of the Internet?

If you're familiar with the writing of cultural theorist and freelance critic Mark Dery, you already know he writes in loop-de-loops and mazes, often embedding the meanings of his sentences in elaborate spirals of prose. His new essay collection, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, follows that pattern, bringing together…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Laura Dave, L.A. Novelist, on Nora Ephron, Chick Lit and Whether Facebook Makes Us Happy

Laura Dave, L.A. Novelist, on Nora Ephron, Chick Lit and Whether Facebook Makes Us Happy

Laura Dave made a career of writing the kind of fun, unabashedly frothy fiction we all tend to impulse-buy at the airport before long flights, but that doesn't mean she hasn't earned her literary stripes. For one thing, the author has an MFA from the University of Virginia's highly regarded…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Hipster Guide to Weight Loss: Check Out Martin Cizmar's <em>Chubster</em>

A Hipster Guide to Weight Loss: Check Out Martin Cizmar's Chubster

Martin Cizmar lost 100 pounds in less than a year, and all he had to do was give up Slurpees. Well, he also biked to work occasionally. And quit drinking full-calorie beer. What he didn't do was try the Paleo Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Cookie Diet or Jenny Craig...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle L.A. Traffic Makes Us More Creative and Other Revelations From Jonah Lehrer's New Book <em>Imagine</em>

L.A. Traffic Makes Us More Creative and Other Revelations From Jonah Lehrer's New Book Imagine

With his third book, Imagine, neuroscience researcher Jonah Lehrer (Proust Was a Neuroscientist, How We Decide) answers the question "Where does creativity come from?" with some questions of his own: Why do long jogs inspire jolts of insight? How did anybody dream up Scotch tape before Scotch tape existed? And...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Heather Donahue's <em>Growgirl</em>: <em>Blair Witch Project</em> Actor Wrote a Memoir on Her New Life...as a Pot Farmer

Heather Donahue's Growgirl: Blair Witch Project Actor Wrote a Memoir on Her New Life...as a Pot Farmer

"Fail again. Fail better," goes the well-worn Samuel Beckett quote former actress Heather Donahue chooses to open her new memoir, Growgirl. As epigraphs go, it would be hard to find one more appropriate. In 1999, Donahue starred in cult hit The Blair Witch Project, only to watch her meteoric rise...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Most Fashion-Forward Muppets (Sorry, Miss Piggy)

5 Most Fashion-Forward Muppets (Sorry, Miss Piggy)

As you know, in fashion, one day you're in and the next day you're out. How then to explain the cheerful ubiquity of Miss Piggy? Last August, the porcine mop/puppet turned up at Opening Ceremony to promote a muppet-themed apparel line. This month, she graces a spread in InStyle magazine...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Mike Edison's Book <em>Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!</em>: Five Dirtiest Secrets of the Porn Mag Industry, From Hugh Hefner to Larry Flynt

Mike Edison's Book Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!: Five Dirtiest Secrets of the Porn Mag Industry, From Hugh Hefner to Larry Flynt

At first, the idea of a three-hundred page cultural history of dirty magazines seems quaint, like somebody writing a book-length ode to the telegram. After all, it's been a long time since Playboy stood for anything other than bad reality TV, and you couldn't purchase a Penthouse right now if...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <em>John Waters: Interviews</em>: Top Five Favorite Quotes From the Cult Film Director's New Interview Collection

John Waters: Interviews: Top Five Favorite Quotes From the Cult Film Director's New Interview Collection

Hide your kids. Hide your wife. John Waters has escaped from Baltimore. On Friday, Waters will appear at the University of Southern California for a discussion and screening of his classic Pink Flamingos. If you scored tickets you're in for a treat: by this point, Waters is almost as well...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Patrick DeWitt, Screenwriter Behind <em>Terri</em>, On Literature, Hollywood, Booze and Fiction Writing in L.A.

Patrick DeWitt, Screenwriter Behind Terri, On Literature, Hollywood, Booze and Fiction Writing in L.A.

To many, Patrick DeWitt is best known as the screenwriter behind this year's critically-acclaimed portrait of adolescent angst Terri. Literary types may know him as of author of the much-lauded novels Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers. But a few years ago, languishing as a bartender at Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Roger Ebert's <em>Life Itself</em>: Five Sexiest (Yes, Really) Passages in His Amazing New Autobiography

Roger Ebert's Life Itself: Five Sexiest (Yes, Really) Passages in His Amazing New Autobiography

In America's favorite film critic's bestselling new memoir, Life Itself, we learn more about the former Siskel and Ebert host than we maybe strictly wanted to know. We meet Ebert the Catholic Schoolboy, Ebert the Intrepid Boy Reporter, Ebert the Pulitzer Prize Winner, Ebert the Cancer Survivor, Ebert the Internet...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Acid Nightmares Disguised as Children's Movies

5 Acid Nightmares Disguised as Children's Movies

This weekend, John Mauceri leads his orchestra in a rousing production of Fantasia at the Hollywood Bowl. The event promises clips from the film, never-before-seen animated segments and fireworks to "complement the spectacular beauty of this cinematic triumph." I want to know who thought this was a good idea. Somebody...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <em>Battle For Brooklyn</em>: Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley's Documentary Has Echoes in L.A.'s Football Stadium Controversy

Battle For Brooklyn: Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley's Documentary Has Echoes in L.A.'s Football Stadium Controversy

There's a moment towards the end of Battle for Brooklyn when Prospect Heights resident Daniel Goldstein peers through a fence at a construction site teeming with workers and cranes. The area was recently home to dozens of small businesses and hundreds of homes, one of which belonged to Goldstein. The...…
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Film, Your <i>Weekly</i> Movie To-Do List

Your Weekly Movie To-Do List

Thurs., Aug. 11 Stop by Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills for rooftop cocktails at 7:30 p.m., followed by an outdoor screening of Jonas Mekas' Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol beginning at 8:30. USC professor Richard Meyer will introduce the 36-minute film. Fri., Aug. 12 The second annual Latin...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Reasons to Check Out Sion Sono's <em> Cold Fish </em> at Cinefamily This Weekend

5 Reasons to Check Out Sion Sono's Cold Fish at Cinefamily This Weekend

Remember the J-horror trend of the early 2000s? You know, the one that brought us all those movies with ominous sounding single-word titles like the Ring, Pulse and The Grudge? Yeah, you've got Sion Sono to thank for a lot of that...…
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Thurs., Aug. 4 Sean Penn will be at the Aero at 7:30 for a 10th-anniversary screening of his directorial debut, The Indian Runner. He'll answer questions from the audience after the film. Keirda Bahruth's Bob and the Monster, about the turbulent life of former L.A. post-punk fixture (and current Celebrity...…
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Thurs., July 28 Christian Marclay's 24-hour film The Clock, recently acquired by LACMA, screens in full at the museum starting at 5 p.m. today. Tree of Life ends its run at the Pasadena Playhouse today, as does Project Nim. The latter, James Marsh's documentary, moves to the Claremont 5 this...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle David Robert Mitchell's <em>Myth of the American Sleepover</em>: A Truffaut-Inspired Teen Sex Comedy?

David Robert Mitchell's Myth of the American Sleepover: A Truffaut-Inspired Teen Sex Comedy?

Best Coast's retro garage-band sound on the radio and pre-1980's-style balances in our bank accounts are the latest evidence that we're living in the era of the throwback. It's only natural that David Robert Mitchell's Myth of the American Sleepover -- a last-day-of-summer-vacation movie that borrows heavily from Dazed and...…
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