‘Nuf Said

To Read or Not To Read confirms—without any serious qualification—the central importance of reading for a prosperous, free society. The data here demonstrate that reading is an irreplaceable activity in developing productive and active adults as well as healthy communities. Whatever the benefits of newer electronic media, they provide no measurable substitute for the intellectual and personal development initiated and …

Tara Ison’s The List

Here’s a shameless plug for a friend’s book. I just finished it (though it’s been out for a little while) and I highly recommend you pick up a copy.

Tara Ison’s The List is firmly set in LA, offering tidbits of life in a city obsessed by stories told on celluloid. Tara’s writing is witty, fun, …

Waxing Rhapsodomancy

Today’s LA Times featured a great cover piece by staff writer, Pauline O’Connor, about Antioch’s very own Wendy Ortiz and David Ulin. It’s true, dammit. People do read in LA…books, I mean…novels, I mean.

They do. Just not in their cars where we can see them.

And, in case you missed my thousand-and-one plugs attempting to draw …

LibraryThing. Now With KungFu Grip

My favourite *free* online library toy, LibraryThing, has added new features! Common Knowledge allows anyone to add book awards, character names, biographical details on authors, book descriptions, etc, wiki-style. That means the info you add is in constant flux, changeable by anyone at any time. The blog-worthy part is that, “Everything is free under a Creative Commons license, so you can take it, change it and do anything else you want without asking,” Abby Blachly says in her mass email.

So, if you don’t have …

That’s Me Reading in Echo Park This Thursday

Hi all. Just a note to let you know that I’ve been invited to read at the inaugural event for 826LA’s new Echo Park location. It’ll be low-key affair with a few cocktails beforehand. For those of you know aren’t familiar with 826LA, it’s the non-profit group founded by Dave Eggers (of McSweeney’s publishing and “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” fame) …