I hope the blank pages of this year are filled to the margins with mayhem,with mirth and wonderful, delicious madness. I hope you love hard and kiss someone wonderful, full on the mouth. I hope you reach for the biggest, fattest plums from the tree of wonderful things.
Ray Bradbury was a self-described "emotionalist," a passionate man and writer who worked instinctually and rarely intellectually, and who produced a unique body of work. In essays that soared on wings he built himself he urged humanity to never give up the ghost.
Welcome to the Monkey House was first published by Playboy Magazine. Playboy's published countless controversial stories by likewise provocative authors. In spite of this literary contribution, or perhaps because of it, the pinup publication has faced censorship around the world.
With credits dating back to 1954, Roger Corman has one of Hollywood's longest running careers, and every step of the way has fearlessly pioneered ideas in filmmaking, through all of new media's many definitions over the decades.
Unfolding like exquisite, lost Twilight Zone episodes, Sci-Fest is a theatre festival unafraid to journey into the bleakest, most gut-wrenching corners of human nature to the sheer delight of the thoroughly mind-bended audience.
In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury predicted a raft of later technological developments, among them flat-screen televisions, iPod earbuds, Bluetooth headsets, ATMs, and rolling news -- even the Facebook "wall."
According to The New York Times, Gary Lucas is "a guitarist with a global guitar" and The New Yorker says he's "the thinking man's guitar hero." Introducing his new album Cinefantastique is the artist with a few words about the project.
Centered around a highly advanced humanoid alien race known as the Aurocearians, victims of a devastating blow when the titular Gods (a mercurial bunch), angry with the race's arrogant behaviors, curses them by vaporizing every female hindering any hope for breeding. So what is a cursed race to do?
My Woshin Mashin sounds like a goofy name. For Hugo Simons and his wife, Bibi Tulin, it's a name the electronic duo created for their band. They came up with it by using what they call their mythical language, known as Mawamian, mingled with English.
When a great American author recommends a bookstore to you, you would be well-advised to listen. When he does it with enthusiasm and passion, which was the only way Ray Bradbury ever did anything, you would be well-advised not just to listen, but to take note.
Radio Silence is full of great writers chronicling musically-induced epiphanies and musicians recounting ecstasies bred by verse and prose. Fans of both will feel giddy at this blurring of the lines between artist and audience.
"I am really strongly influenced by my environment, by where I am in the world, where I'm working, places I travel to, and the weather, and the atmosphere in general. So that's what makes the music cinématic, I think."
Sensitivity to aesthetics and the arts does not a good mayor make. But I believe that sensitivity to aesthetics and the arts can make a good mayor better. This is my hope for Eric Garcetti if he goes the distance and becomes the next mayor of Los Angeles.
I am not claiming that owning a dog will teach your child something noble, like responsibility, although perhaps it will. But, for those of us who are prone to observe the fleeting nature of our lives, owning a dog places you firmly in the present. Call it "dog time."
In honor of Ray Bradbury's 90th birthday on August 22nd, the Los Angeles City declared "Ray Bradbury Week." Despite failing health, Ray was able to attend most of the events. Sadly, they were his last public appearances.
One of my favorite books about summer and its rites and rituals is Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. I highly recommend it, no matter if you are, like me, ending summer or if you are in a part of the world where summer and its joys are looming.