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Go Listen to Lynda Barry and Matt Groening…

Barry&Groening.jpgArtist Lynda Barry and Simpson’s creator Matt Groening are taking part in a Hammer series:

This ongoing series pairs creative thinkers from a range of disciplines for engaging, provocative discussions on culture, science, and the arts.

All Hammer public programs are free. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVP’s not required.

The event is Tuesday, November 18th at 7pm.

FBLA Goes to the Party: Weisberg Book Party

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Slate’s Jacob Weisberg read from his new book The Bush Tragedy at a Domino-sponored shindig in Brentwood. 300 guests stormed Arianna Huffington’s mansion house. (Or home, as the invitations read.)

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Adrian Grenier, sporting a beard that would have been a bushy tragedy on anyone else, Tracey Ullman, who does a wicked Arianna herself, and Christine Lahti represented SAG; Dale Launer and Stephen Gaghan were the WGA/DGA guys, and producers were thick on the ground with Lawrence Bender, Mike Medavoy, Irina Medavoy, Sam Goldwyn and George Stevens. Matt Groening had the animation arena all to himself.

Jim Ledbetter gave Arianna a copy of his new collection for Penguin–Karl Marx’s Dispatches for the New York Tribune, stopping her as she was enroute to her office. Gabe Snyder got the story behind her distracted expression: book deadline! (Who else was in the study, anyway?)

Usual coterie of LA media types–Mickey Kaus, Carla Hall, Kevin Roderick, Nick Goldberg, Kim Serafin, Ruth Shalit, Rob Barrett, Roman Genn–let’s move on, shall we?

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Weisberg’s clever wife, Deborah Needleman (she edits Domino) brought her Conde Nast cohorts along–Clemmy Closson and Beth Brenner.

Oscars were discussed perfunctorily, Obama enthusiastically (Rachel Sklar’s cries of plagiarism! were dismissed as business as usual which means those dissing her didn’t read very closely. Or else they were drunk.) Plenty of food and drink, which is unusual for book parties–and lots of copies of the book which looks like a fast read. No need to send it out for coverage.

(photos by Stefanie Keenan for Patrick McMullan)

Simpsons Creator: We Love Attacking Fox

Simpsons creator Matt Groening told Jon Stewart earlier this week that Fox forbid the Simpsons of doing a fake newscrawl because Fox viewers it for the real thing.

(Comments like these are common out of the Simpsons camp; as Jack Shafer noted, they’re is protected by a “titanium shield” from the interference by the higher-ups at Fox.)

In this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, Groening addresses the pending Wall Street Journal sale to Rupert Murdoch, too:

“I think he owns enough,’ Groening says. But he recalls Murdoch being ‘gracious every time I’ve met him’ and even going along with his animated appearance on the show with the entrance line, ‘I’m Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire tyrant.’”

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