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Book Review: Jean Kwok’s GIRL IN TRANSLATION

April 28, 2010 – 10:11 pm | 12 Comments
girl in translation

Just as Jean Kwok is hesitant to reveal how similar her novel Girl in Translation is to her real story, I wondered if I could review it without getting too personal about why it moved …


AMERICAN IDOL Top 6: You’re Still (Not) The One

April 28, 2010 – 9:56 am | 4 Comments

After a week off to rest, recuperate and actively avoid the awful monolith that is Idol Gives Back, I return to find that nothing has changed, the season is still boring, Randy is still useless, …


L.A. TIMES Festival of Books Slide Show

April 27, 2010 – 2:35 am | 23 Comments

As promised, here’s a slide show of the good times I had at the book festival. This was done in fun so please don’t anyone sue me.
All kidding aside, I know how fortunate I am …


L.A. TIMES Festival of Books Highlights, Part 1

April 26, 2010 – 2:01 am | 13 Comments
Photo by Michael Alatorre

This past weekend was the annual L.A. Times Festival of Books held on the UCLA campus. As usual, the Mystery Bookstore kicked off the festivities with their party Friday night, where authors and fans can …


Winners of Scott Turow’s INNOCENT

April 25, 2010 – 4:45 pm | 4 Comments

I’ve been MIA the past few days because friends are in town for the L.A. Times book festival. I was also sacked by a two-day migraine that made me want to self-lobotomize with a melon …


What’s in a Name?

April 22, 2010 – 12:17 am | 5 Comments

I recently asked Robert Crais fans in the Craisie Town part of my forum how their feelings about Elvis Cole would be affected if he’d been named something else, like Larry Jones. Blogger le0pard13 said …



April 21, 2010 – 1:34 am | 9 Comments
glee cast art streiber

Our esteemed American Idol critic, Jason Matthews, is unavailable this week so I’m doing a mash-up review of Idol and the “Madge-ical” Glee. It was all music, all night long on Fox tonight.
On Idol, Alicia Keys …


Inside an (Un)Blocked Mind

April 19, 2010 – 11:51 pm | 18 Comments
writer's block

I sat down today to write a post and found myself blocked. Nothing interesting came out. I scratched whole paragraphs, started over multiple times. Got frustrated until I remembered what Juan José Campanella, the director/co-writer …



April 18, 2010 – 2:17 am | 9 Comments
secret in their eyes:maria antolini

When the end credits started rolling after a screening of Argentina’s El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes, in limited U.S. release), I muttered to myself, “Perfection.” Oscars may be occasionally given …


Mysterious Allure of Greece and the Greek Detective

April 14, 2010 – 11:51 pm | 30 Comments

When Jen over at Jen’s Book Thoughts invited bloggers to participate in her Detectives Around the World theme week, I knew I wanted to write about someone from the Greek islands. Never mind that I’d …


Elvis Night on Shaky Legs: AMERICAN IDOL S9 TOP 9 Perform (Again)

April 14, 2010 – 2:30 am | 10 Comments
ai top 9

by Jason Matthews
We already did this group of nine, and weren’t much happy with them the first time, so let’s not waste time with a second overly wordy and witty introduction. The faster we get …


LOST: “Everybody Loves Hugo” Review

April 14, 2010 – 1:49 am | 3 Comments
hurley des

by Sarah Carbiener
Finally!  They’re blowing up stuff (both characters and major set pieces)! We’re down to the final hours of this epic series, and there’s still an enormous cast to burn. Not every statue, Ajira …

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