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steven-belanger's picture
Mar.16.2013
Photo: from kirkusreviews.com Guilt is Kellerman's best book in quite some time. I'd long given up on the author and on the series; things had just gotten too graphic, too gross, too judgmental. In short, Kellerman had gotten lazy, and his prose spoke of too much self-opinion and attitude and not...
eva-lesko-natiello's picture
Sep.24.2012
I did not make that up. I could have−as my fiction readers would attest− but not this time. That headline came from the Huffington Post. For me, discovering that someone could cook another human being was hard enough to stomach, but finding this story in the Food Brief nearly caused me to lose my...
mayra-calvani's picture
Aug.25.2012
The Nameless Prince is a beautifully-crafted debut YA novel about faith, disillusionment and innocence. Ten-year old Seth Bauman lives in the gang-ravaged streets of Silver Lake. Abandoned by his mother right after his birth, he shares a very dysfunctional and loveless home with his mean...
steven-belanger's picture
Mar.24.2012
  photo: Poster, from the movie's Wikipedia page   I wanted to see the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director, and I knew I had to see it fast before it left the theatre, as this is in the theatre now only because of its Oscar wins.  I can't comment...
steven-belanger's picture
Apr.30.2011
I've read every Kellerman, even his nonfiction stuff, like Savage Spawn, and I have to say that his Alex Delaware series now is suffering from the series disease--nothing new to say; no new ways to say it.  I figured out the ending in advance here, as I have with many of his lately, unless the...
l-m-quinn's picture
Oct.08.2010
Writing in L.A.'s beautiful year-round weather is always a challenge. Who wouldn't rather be sitting by the pool, stretched out on a beach towel on the sand of Santa Monica Beach, or hiking through Griffith Park, rather than pinned to a PC for the umpteenth edit of your novel? I have to confess...
l-m-quinn's picture
Jun.22.2010
It’s the perpetual call of the beautiful weather we have here in L.A. that blinds us from the consequences of giving into it. Days spent tanning on white-sand beaches or by sparkling water-filled swimming pools melt the mind and dull the senses. Of course we can take our laptops with us to write,...
l-m-quinn's picture
Jan.29.2010
Living and writing in L.A. includes reading too. Can’t call yourself a writer if you don’t read. My next Book Club reading includes two good works: L. A. Noir and Southland. I’m deep into both of them and highly recommend them for a look at L.A.’s dark side. It’s not, never has been, all sunshine...
a-w-hill's picture
Oct.22.2009
L.A. is a prism. And because it's a prism hammered three-hundred thirty-three days a year with blazing, unrelenting white light, where you stand determines which part of its spectrum you'll see. Personally, my favorite angle of view is from five-thousand, eight-hundred feet above, atop the recently...
vicki-nikolaidis's picture
Jul.28.2009
Here's one filmmakers idea of what happens when a Greek God retires to Los Angeles. The neighborhood just isn't the same!  http://www.babelgum.com/118994/mean-old-god.html