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Entries from April 2009

What a remarkable story of grace, achievement, tragedy and rebound: a dancer’s tale from a country where the state runs the news

April 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Here’s the opening of the New York Times piece about Liu Yan, an exceptional and brave woman my uncle would’ve had more than a little advice for as she acclimates to life by the seat of her pants. Be sure and watch the video. “Last August a 26-year-old dancer named Liu Yan was supposed to […]

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Tags: paralysis · Pure Inspiration · Wheeling the Deal

Chip talking smog and L.A. culture at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA

April 26th, 2009 · No Comments

To watch the clip from C-SPAN’s Book TV, click here, and scroll forward to 5 hours, 3 minutes and 20 seconds. The panel, devoted to Los Angeles’ unknown and forgotten history and moderated by USC history professor William Deverell, took place on Saturday, April 25 on the UCLA campus. Here’s the Times’ coverage of the […]

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Tags: Smogtown

Honor Earth Day, and come to the L.A. Times Festival of Books for a some green enlightenment and laughs

April 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Chip will be on a panel this Saturday (April 25) at 3:30 p.m. called “History: Unknown Los Angeles” with writers D.J. Waldie and Francis Dinkelspiel. William Deverell will moderate it. Here’s the entire lineup for Saturday’s panels. Bill will be on a Sunday panel (April 26) at 11 a.m. called “Climate in Crisis” with writers […]

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Tags: Smogtown book

Smogtown snatches a silver at Green Book Festival

April 21st, 2009 · No Comments

It was named one of the runner-ups in the evidently crowded non-fiction category by the judges on April 20. Our most obvious response is short, but certainly not curt. Thanks! Here’s the link to all the finalists and winners. It’s a pretty tantalizing crop of stories out there on the environment, particularly stories of our […]

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Tags: Smogtown book

Smogtown authors on Jon Wiener show on KFPK (90.7 FM) yesterday: beware, as he noted, the “Dutchman.”

April 17th, 2009 · No Comments

You can hear the entire interview on KPFK by clicking here and then searching for Smogtown. Or you can go to the station’s podcast center here. Wiener, a noted writer and documentary maker (think The U.S. Versus John Lennon) asked piercing questions, with a particular focus on corporate-tainted science and pollution-induced illness. Bill did great. […]

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Tags: Smogtown book

Sci-fi Tuesday: time for a little nostalgic leap back into my Uncle Gordon’s filmography. Before he really made it, corny, space adventure movies weren’t so much the next frontier of Star Trek flavor as fantasyland and quick cash

April 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Here’s a review to First Spaceship on Venus. Just remember when the special effects look like they were masterminded by Ed Wood and the dialogue seems written by a comatose screenwriter, the big brains of sci-fi were still writing books, not directing movies or penning screenplays. In that way, these B-grade movies — and this […]

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Tags: The Hollywood Way

The fine print of miraculous survival: a sentimental interview revisited

April 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Though my book, Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, Hollywood’s Flashiest Quadriplegic, has been out for about a year, this interview by Jacqueline Marcell on her radio program Coping with Caregiving remains one of my favorite appearances. Jacqueline, author of a well-acclaimed book herself, knows her stuff. Listen to her show sometime […]

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Tags: Wheeling the Deal