Leonard Nimoy, aka Mister Spock (1931 – 2015)

Leonard Nimoy, aka Mister Spock (1931 – 2015)

As a kid I would pretend I was asleep... but instead I'd turn on my teeny B&W TV to watch episodes of Star Trek—and Spock was a big reason why. "Trek" is one of the last science-fiction series and franchises to actually tell stories, and meaningful ones, that still resonate today. Nimoy was also a celebrated and accomplished [...]

Blast from the Past: Gold-medal Winning College Lip Sync

Sometimes on the book blog it's important to mix it up. In keeping with that tradition, I give you Gladys & The Thrusters, performing to "Real Love" and "I'll Be Good to You." I brought together a bunch of my friends to create some dance moves and kick it hip-hop style, leaving it all out [...]

Crazy for Kale: Perfect Kale Chips for Pizza [Language NSFW]

Crazy for Kale: Perfect Kale Chips for Pizza [Language NSFW]

I used to despise kale. Really and truly. I wanted my salad bare and simple, to the point where romaine lettuce seemed like a brazen life choice. But that was then, and kale is very much now. And not just for me... kale seems to be popping up everywhere—as a power elixir, snack food, bath salts and [...]

#QuotableMondays: Patricia Arquette Steals the Oscar Evening

#QuotableMondays: Patricia Arquette Steals the Oscar Evening

You might call it an "Actor's Barn-burner." At last night's Oscar ceremony, Patricia Arquette won for Best Supporting Actress in a film called "Boyhood." The film is basically unprecedented in that it was shot over a period of 12 years with the same cast members. (read more) http://youtu.be/XbrMKmlPFmo But it was her speech that charged [...]

#QuotableMondays: Top Chef’s Gregory Gourdet Talks Jacques & Julia

#QuotableMondays: Top Chef’s Gregory Gourdet Talks Jacques & Julia

Although he's seen his fair share of ups and down on Season 12 of Bravo TV's "Top Chef," Gregory Gourdet has made it all the way to the final three. I interviewed Gourdet for an upcoming piece at TheBacklot.com, which will be posted this Wednesday. Of all the irreverent weeks of themed shows, Gourdet says the Julia Child episode was one of his [...]