When I first started researching the life of 1930s/40s film star Ann Dvorak back in 1998, the Internet was around but there wasn’t much to be found on her. I did own a CD-ROM called Cinemania, a precursor to IMDB, which had the actress’s incomplete filmography listed, but other than that a computer held little value in uncovering the life of the reclusive Dvorak.
Writing Groups in Los Angeles
Here in the Literature and Fiction department, we meet a lot of aspiring writers looking for a chance to practice their craft and get a second opinion on their latest work. As the Library does not provide editing or critiquing services, we look for ways to guide these patrons to those individuals more suited to helping them. In a city of actors, it turns out we have our share of writers too!
The threat of global warming vs. the safety of food biotechnology: Which enjoys greater support from international scientific bodies? The Science Department has available many recent books by impassioned defenders and detractors on both sides of both of these debates. And it is fascinating to note that the most passionate defenders of one thesis – and often of the need to respect scientific opinion itself – are often the most passionate detractors of the other, and vice versa.
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times - the book was better. There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.
Santa Anas blow chill and autumn days of mellow fruitfulness are at an end. The Harvest Moon has risen and set. The day shortens, the shadows lengthen; Halloween creeps into the Business & Economics Department.
Budget scares, Fiscal cliffs, Shutdowns, Default bankruptcy, economic apocalypse keep the times interesting and set the mood for a scary Halloween.
There’s something about restaurant menus--especially those from a bygone era-- that intrigue and fascinate. Is it the ability to peek into another time through the lens of food? Notice tastes and trends that extend beyond food culture? Get a sense of signature ‘decade’ foods?
Unfortunately, with all those exciting programs our attention has been scattered and now we seem to have an onslaught of dead bodies in our midst and unknown killers to blame.