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Posts Tagged ‘Carolyn Kellogg’

FishbowlLA’s Halloween Weekend Picks

ALL WEEKEND LONG
Halloween Highway 2 – Forget the haunted house, go for the haunted parking lot. The Art of Bleeding performance troupe will create a gruesome, multi-vehicle car crash tableau out in the street. Featured performers willing to wade through the gore include Margaret Cho, Andy Dick, Neil Hamburger, Eddie Pepitone and many others. And I’ve heard rumors of naked ladies blood wrestling, but who knows. 8 p.m., Steve Allen Theatre, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, 323-666-4268. $10.

SATURDAY
FIVE BY FIVE: Los Angeles Writers Read Classic Noir – PEN Center USA hosts an evening of spooky story telling by creepy local authors, including Carolyn Kellogg, David Kipen, and Joseph Mattson. The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. Bar crawl to follow, maps provided. 6 p.m., The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring Street. Free.

SUNDAY
Vincent Price Movie Festival – The Bing Theater at LACMA will screen six films featuring the King Of Horror, including The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of Red Death, and The Fly each featuring the King Of Horror himself. Showtimes run from 1:00 to 9:15 p.m. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard. 323-857-6000. Free.

MONDAY
The Fifty Year Sword – Author Mark Z. Danielewski presents a theatrical rendition of his illustrated ghost story novella, “The Fifty Year Sword” with help from shadow masters Christine Marie & Ensemble. 8:30 p.m., REDCAT Theater, 631 W. 2nd St., 213-237-2800. $20.

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‘La-La Land’ Officially Part of the English Language

Carolyn Kellogg of the LA Times was trolling the Oxford English Dictionary online, when she caught some recent noteworthy additions to the tome–most notably “la-la land.”

Here’s the definition:

la-la land n. can refer either to Los Angeles (in which case its etymology is influenced by the common initialism for that city), or to a state of being out of touch with reality—and sometimes to both simultaneously.

The Times also hilariously topped Kellog’s post with a photo of Spiderman being arrested on Hollywood Boulevard. Good show!

LA Times FOB Blogger Worked For Free

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They say its gauche to talk about who’s getting paid what. But it’s our business to be noisy, so we’re going to talk about it anyway. Apparently, at the LA Times, blogging an event is the new “unpaid internship.” The exchange for one blogger we talked to was the prized Green Room Access at the Festival of Books. Other bloggers were paid at a set rate, but not all. So the Jacket Copy blog was fleshed out by free content providers.

Last year, one of the bloggers was not paid by the newspaper. They did not receive a check. They were given a byline but they worked for free. This year that same blogger was given access to the green room and was not expecting pay again this year. About 15 minutes after we contacted the LA Times for comment on this post, the blogger was sent an email saying “the dust had settled” and the blogger will get $25 a post.

Then spokesperson for LAT told FBLA, “That’s not the case. All The Times’ freelance bloggers will be paid.” In an email we asked if they were told that. “Yes, they were,” she replied.

Which still means LAT didn’t pay a blogger last year and we’ll assume they just had a change of heart this year. Wonder if they’ll change even further and pay the blogger for their posts from last year too.

FBLA Crashes Oddly Named Writers’ Soiree at Formosa Part Two

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Pictured are FBLA editor Pandora Young with author Janelle Brown. Other notables at the first ever LADWP last night at the Formosa Cafe were Cecil Castellucci, Michelle Huneven, Patrick Brown, Antoine Wilson and book blogger John Fox.

We ran into LAT tech writer David Sarno who illustrated what he does for a j-o-b by kissing his iPhone. True story. Really happened. Tech writers. Hmf.

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Amazon.com CEO Declares Books Outdated Technology

In a conversation with Steven Levy at Wired’s Disruptive by Design conference, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos expressed his annoyance with the products his company is known for selling. Carolyn Kellogg at the LAT blog Jacket Copy transcribes the Bezos’ words from a video of the conference-

Levy: For a special book, do you still want to read the physical book?

Bezos: No. No, in fact, I now … I kind of am grumpy when I am forced to read a physical book. Because it’s not as convenient. Turning the pages … I didn’t know this either, until I started using the Kindles a couple months ago, I mean a couple years ago, I didn’t understand all of the failings of a physical book, because I’m inured to them. But you can’t turn the page with one hand. The book is always flopping itself shut at the wrong moment. They’re heavy. You can only take one or two of them with you at a time. It’s had a great 500-year run. [Audience laughter.] It’s an unbelievably successful technology. But it’s time to change.

LAT FOB: Publishing 3.0 Panel

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The Publishing 3.0 panel was moderated by the LAT’s David L. Ulin. Panelists were Sara Nelson formerly of Publisher’s Weekly, publisher Richard Nash, goodreads.com founders Otis Chandler and Vromans’ blogger Patrick Brown.

First off, Nash clad in a tie, sporting a British accent, speaks only in sound bites. It’s kind of awesome.

When talking about the media meltdown crisis. “Writing and reading are doing just fine.” Which met applause. “It’s the intermediaries that get these two together [that are struggling].” And,”The 20th century was about supply and the 21st century is about demand.”

Nelson, whom we last saw at BEA hosting the Lewis Black fundraiser concert, agreed with Nash,”The supply chain is broken.” She added,”In 20 years of covering the publishing industry every year someone will say, ‘Last year was the golden era of publishing’.”

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LAT In 90 Seconds

42719382-03002941.jpgYou Betcha: Mary McNamara notes that the real losers of last night’s VP debate were the pundits who were handicapping it: “If the bar had been placed any lower for this debate, they would have had to bury it. So how surprising was it, really, that neither candidate devolved into a Jerry Springer screaming fit or fell into a state of catatonia? In fact, both were in rare form, giving what may have been their best respective campaign performances yet.” So there.

pallidfsdfn3.jpg But Can She Field-Dress A Moose? She’s no Tina Fey, but doesn’t Monica Corcoran kinda rock Sarah Palin‘s ‘do?

pynchonsticker_1003.jpgBest “News” We’ve Heard Today: Time was, whispers and rumors wouldn’t make it into a paper of record. Good thing we’re not living in those times! Carolyn Kellogg hips readers to an Internet rumor that Thomas Pynchon‘s next novel is coming out in 2009! Is it true? Who knows? Is it exciting? You betcha!