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Steven Paul Leiva

Movies on the Radio! - Lend Me Your Ears

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Paul Leiva

Movies are no longer a curiosity. But being the big art elephant in our culture they are certainly worthy of our curiosity, the desire to understand how they came about, how they were made, what makes them work, and what makes them work on us.

Ray Bradbury's Uneasy Relationship with Hollywood - A Review of 'Ray Bradbury Unbound'

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 01.05.2015 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

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.

No Book Is an Island: On the Dual Identity of Art

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 11.05.2014 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

No work of art exists in a vacuum. No work of art is an unbreachable creation with a purity that defines it as one thing in and of itself. No work of art is its own Platonic form.

Five Books About Ray Bradbury

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 10.21.2014 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

An author of his genius, his very individual voice, achieves an immortality -- or at least a vastly longer than normal lifespan. And to read his novels and short stories is to know Ray.

Is Every Friggin' Person in America Writing a Novel?

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 10.18.2014 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

Is every friggin' person in America writing a novel? Yes, absolutely, every friggin' person in America is writing a novel or so it can seem and so drives me to such an outrageous hyperbole.

Review: 50 Great Myths About Atheism

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

The distrust, indeed the dislike, of atheists has been growing of late, possibly due to a bunch of not previously declared atheists suddenly "coming out of the closet." And given that, 50 Great Myths About Atheism has appeared at a very good time indeed.

Curse You Evelyn Wood -- And All You Speed Reading Book Demons

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 10.02.2013 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

All authors like fan letters. But indie authors (what we who are not published by the six big behemoths of American book companies call ourselves) love fan letters. It means that we somehow got on someone's radar and that makes us blipping happy.

Ray Bradbury's Favorite Bookshop

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 07.16.2013 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

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.

Does Eric Garcetti Have the Aesthetic Chops to be Mayor of L.A.?

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 04.29.2013 | Los Angeles
Steven Paul Leiva

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.

Back to Square One: The Story of Ray Bradbury Square in Los Angeles

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 02.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Steven Paul Leiva

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.

Acknowledging a Gentleman Publisher -- Emphasis on Gentleman!

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 12.01.2012 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

Writing a novel is an adventure, or certainly should be. If you like to write -- and I've never understood those writers who proudly declare that they...