Guy Adams is The Independent's Los Angeles correspondent. He lives in Malibu, and divides his time between the local beach and the Hollywood Hills. He headed out west in May 2008, and has being trying to make sense of the First City of Showbusiness ever since. You can track his every move at twitter.com/guyadams.
There is happy news for admirers of the sort of literature which inspired Tom Lehrer to hymn the delights of a: “dirty novel I can’t shut.”
Almost a fortnight after it announced that it would henceforth refuse to process payments for self-published novels it regarded as “obscene,” the eBay subsidiary Paypal has performed a somewhat untidy [...]
The outcome of tomorrow’s Republican caucus in Nevada is likely to be decided by a spectacular turnout from local Mormons, who make up around 7 percent of residents but (as I reported this morning) are expected to cast 30 percent of votes.
Received wisdom has it that nine out of ten of them will back Mitt [...]
Some countries have street parties. Others do fireworks displays. Most nations bear witness to scenes of Hogarthian public drunken-ness. And in the occasional European city, half the population seems to spend the evening shoehorned into small cars, honking at passers-by. When it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations, America has all that. Plus guns!
I was suprised by news this morning from the Suncoast wildlife sanctuary in Florida: a chimpanzee called Cheetah was reported to have died at the grand old age of 80.
No ordinary chimp, either. According to his owners, Cheetah played Tarzan’s sidekick, of the same name, in the films of the 1930s. The sanctuary’s “outreach director,” [...]
Hilary Swank attempted a bit of reputation management at the weekend, using Jay Leno’s sofa to issue a fulsome apology for her recent paid appearance at Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov’s 35th birthday party.
The good citizens of Baghdad aren’t the only ones who know what it’s like to feel intimidated by representatives of Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, the trigger-happy private security firm which was recently re-named “Xe Services.”
Jan Schakowsky, a Democratic politician from Illinois, announced in Congress this morning that Mr Prince’s lawyers have been threatening to [...]
You don’t have to study current affairs for all that long to wonder why a hugely-disproportionate number of perpetrators of police brutality, particularly in America, appear to choose to cover their top lip in fuzz.