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Posts Tagged ‘Sandra Tsing Loh’

Author of Christian Bale Bio Returns to Manhattan Beach Stomping Grounds

From 1992 to 2002, Scottish-born, Chinese-descended and Canadian-raised movie fan Harrison Cheung rode the ups and downs of Christian Bale’s pre-Batman career. It was an odyssey that spanned the earliest days of Internet marketing and relocated him from applauding Bale from afar in Toronto to working closely with the future superstar and actor’s Adam West lookalike dad at a home in Manhattan Beach.

This Friday, Cheung will be back in Manhattan Beach for an 11 a.m. signing event at the local Barnes & Noble for his new biography Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman (co-written with Nicola Pittam). For the past five years, the author has been working in Austin as an Internet marketing strategist for IBM.

After a busy appearance on the Comic-Con conference floor last Friday, Cheung tells FishbowlLA via telephone that he’s reminded of a famous observation once made by another author, Sandra Tsing Loh. “She said that if you don’t make it in Hollywood by the time you’re 40, you need to either open a yoga studio or move to Austin,” he jokes.

Remarkably, this is the first Bale biography. Released May 29, the book offers fascinating glimpses of the relationship the actor had with his late dad (who died in 2003) and that patriarch’s very shaky financial management skills. It also provides a time-capsule look at the earliest days of the Internet.

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Getting to Know Science Writer Casey Rentz

The enlightening Scientific American Q&A series “The SA Incubator” continues today with a look at the professional trajectory of LA based freelance journalist Casey Rentz.

Her science writing career began in Chicago, where she launched her own zine and contributed to 2006-08 underground free monthly The Skeleton. Then, thanks to someone handing her a book by K.C. Cole and Rentz cold-introducing herself to the author via email, it was on to USC’s Specialized Journalism program. While on campus earning her master’s, Rentz began laying the freelance groundwork:

“After I joined USC’s master’s program, I started blogging a bit, I wrote for Sandra Tsing Loh’s radio program Loh Down on Science, and I started writing a column for the newsletter at the Page Museum (An archaeological site in the middle of a huge city? Nothing better!) Post-graduation, I landed a job as Associate Communications Director at a non-profit startup called Informed by Nature. It’s a catch-all job: I do some writing for the website, program development, and creative development for the company. We’ll be launching in late 2012.”

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Jonathan Alter’s LA Book Party

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On Friday the fanboy-worthy columnist/author Jonathan Alter had a party hosted by Arianna Huffington in Brentwood for his new book, “The Promise: President Obama, Year One.”

Spotted in the crowd of notable LA literates were Waiting for Guffman‘s Catherine O’Hara, Star Trek‘s Evan English, host of SoCal Connected Val Zavala and author Sandra Tsing Loh.

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FBLA Crashes Oddly Named Writers’ Soiree at Formosa

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For the record, we never need an excuse to drink with literate people. Last night was the first annual LADWP cocktail party, an homage or a spin-off of the AWP conference last year. Maybe? But the conference has nothing to do with the party last night, they take place months apart and LADWP is said to stand for LA Drinking Writers with Pens.

Weird name. Since we can’t come up with anything better. We like it. Good title. Catchy.

Pictured above are authors Janet Fitch, Erika Schickel and Sandra Tsing-Loh.

Mika Brzezinski’s Book Party at Arianna Huffington’s House

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Huffington Post senior editor Willow Bay and co-founder Arianna Huffington hosted a book party for Morning Joe co-anchor Mika Brzezinski‘s new book All Things at Once last night at Ms. Huffington’s Brentwood home. Arianna, perhaps one of the most charming people on the planet explained her role in encouraging Mika when her galleys came out. We don’t know why Joe Scarborough was there…also selling his book released in June of last year. But he was. They’re not married to each other right? Did Alan Colmes have to book tour with Sean Hannity? Somehow Joe made it about him,”It was in this room a few years ago that I predicted Barack Obama would never win against the Clinton machine,” he told the swanky LA literati. “Glad it wasn’t on TV.”

Mika, was finally given the microphone and noted she was warned against writing this book because it was too honest and could “damage her brand.” She seem genuinely impressed with the caliber of the crowd.

We spotted Larry David, yes that Larry David. Sherry Lansing was there. Journos James Rainey from LAT, Tina Daunt now of Huffpo LA, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mickey Kaus of Slate.com and of course Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC.

We will post more pictures later today.

Sandra Tsing Loh is Getting a Divorce in a Multi-Media Format

There is the above video to accompany to Sandra Tsing Loh‘s article in the Atlantic. We don’t know how we feel about it but its like the car crash where you’re miffed everyone is slowing down to play looky-loo then once you pull up close enough to see the carnage you flip off the person in back of you honking for you to get moving. It’s much like that.

LAT’s Loh Blow or High Brow Tsinger?

sandra_TSING_LOH.jpgSusan Carpenter‘s review of Sandra Tsing Loh‘s book in the LAT was brought to our attention by Todd Everett at his blog.

There was one paragraph that Everette caught:

Loh is a cunning linguist who’s honed her craft over 20 years, and it shows. Her language is imaginatively twisted and fearless in its presentation of inconvenient truths about life in sprawling, status-conscious L.A. — whether it be schools, which is the main through line of the book, or her personal life.

A cunning linguist? Really? Isn’t that what Jack Mayoff and Howard Gablomey are? We hope Carpenter came up with that phrase independently and innocently and it slipped by editors and found its way onto the page. Hysterical.

LAT In 90 Seconds

41737940-21122611.jpgRats! “Film credits from the 1920s revealed imprecision in copyright claims that some experts say could invalidate Disney‘s long-held copyright” of Mickey Mouse.

isdfj;adslkfmages.jpgSandra Tsing Loh Is On Fire: LAT manages to suck the funny from Loh’s book, writing, “Until 2004, Loh was a marginally famous humorist. Then she ‘exploded into flames,’ as she writes on the book’s opening page, transforming herself into the foaming mouthpiece of dissent and outrage over the state of public education in the U.S. Loh was 42 at the time — a working and married mother of two young girls who was on the prowl for a good kindergarten.”

hbsld.jpgHeadline We Weren’t Expecting to See Today: ‘House Bunny’ Could Be Box Office Leader. Oy.

Tiffany Loves Her Dirty Rice, Tells World: My Favorite Weekend Jumps Shark, Falls, Can’t Get Up, Festers and Dies

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Sandra Tsing Loh proclaims the official end to My Favorite Weekend in the LAT. Today’s celebrity, songstress Tiffany, confided to a breathlessly waiting public that:

The dirty rice at The Blue Bayou Restaurant, adjoining the Pirates of the Caribbean, is “off the hook.”

Loh says:

The already-staggering Thursday section has officially hit bottom, with a big clanging sound.

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Cathy Seipp and Kathy Sierra: Wild in The Blog-o-sphere

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Sandra Tsing Loh memorializes Cathy Seipp and explains the mysteries of Technorati in an op-ed in the LA Times. Loh touches on the wilder shores of blogging–cybersquatting, parody posts and free speech. (Look for more on the cathyseipp.com case.)

Another blogging woman, Kathy Sierra, has pulled out of the ETech conference in San Diego, thanks to an online terror campaign. For the last month, she’s gotten death threats in her comments box. According to Sierra, she was targeted on a now-pulled site meankids.org. and then found a photo of herself, muzzled on Bob’s Yr Uncle. She called the police and named names.

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Rageboy, aka Chris Locke, defends himself against the charges that he had much to do with this, and even if he did, so what?

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