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Posts Tagged ‘Susan Carpenter’

Fashion Blog Duo ‘Go Fiction’ Themselves

Rather than publish another Go Fug Yourself offshoot, the tandem of Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan have done something much more ambitious. They’ve made a lateral foray into the world of young adult fiction with Spoiled, a 368-page Hollywood-set novel published by Hachette/Poppy.

And here’s the kicker. The premise of the book, about a 16-year-old celebrity love child suddenly forced to live with her famous dad and same-age half-sister, is eerily prescient of the whole Arnold Schwarzenegger scandal. Overall, LA Times reviewer Susan Carpenter gives Spoiled the thumbs up:

Cocks and Morgan write like the seasoned LA insiders they are, with a fast-paced, gossipy style that pushes Hollywood tropes over the top into parody. The latest Hollywood diet fad is horse tranquilizers from Mexico. The gossip mag, Hey!, speculates whether Bieber Fever is an actual medical affliction.

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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.

LA Times to Post Videos on YouTube, Braces for Indifference


The LA Times will be putting the Rumble Seat and Throttle Jockey videos on YouTube, where they’ll get lost. Seriously–doesn’t anyone at the paper watch TV? Or look at other videos on-line? When PBS is making fun of you, you need to reconsider.

Dan O’Neil isn’t a natural in front of the camera, but strong directing and producing can compensate for that. Rather than turn him into Anderson Cooper, emphasize his strengths. Same with Susan Carpenter. Think interview, not script. Short on-line video pieces need to be shot for the small screen (and would it kill them to vary the shots once in a while?), and wall-to-wall narration isn’t necessary. Let the pictures tell the story.

Or better yet, find better ways to tell the story. The Super Bowl Gameplays piece, which is basically machinima, using Madden NFL 07, is a step in the right direction.

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