April 26, 2004


Spent Sunday wandering the aisles of the LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA. Unbelievably hot and sweaty, but tons going on. I only went to one panel, Bruce Wagner
and William Gibson
talking about Hollywood in the 21st Centry. Gibson seemed like a very nice absent-minded professor, but Wagner was fricking brilliant, as I expected the author of Force Majeure to be.

Bought lots of books (for everyone but myself, of course), including this extremely cool coloring book for Nate from a company that normally sells only via the web called First Cut Books.

They also had these wicked neat notebooks for sale called Moleskines. Evidently, everyone from Matisse to Bruce Chatwin couldn't live without them. I bought one with graph paper in it for June's garden sketches.

Now, the oddest thing I noticed was the fact that the Jews for Jesus had descended on the place to proselytize. Tons of folks who looked like my people (typical Ashkenazic Jewish features, hair, etc.) but with the vapid smiles of the recently converted. I just wanted get right up in their faces and shout IFYOU'REAJEWFORJESUSTHENYOU'REACHRISTIANDEALWITHIT! Maybe if they keep Jew in their organization's name it helps them recruit. Either that or they don't offend their grandmas that way. Sheesh.

Posted by krudman at April 26, 2004 09:31 AM
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