It’s that time again! As with our last Larsson lark, we’ve got four pairs of tickets to give away for The Girl Who Played With Fire film, at Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica, CA. The movie opens July 9th, so the contest will run until the 8th. To enter, comment below with the answers to these trivia questions. (Doing Lisbeth proud by using your Googlefu is totally allowed.)
1) What is the name of Lisbeth’s twin sister?
2) At the beginning of the book, where is Lisbeth vacationing?
3) Lisbeth furnishes her new apartment from what store?
And speaking of winning: congrats to the winner of our last Guess the Book Competition, Adam Kahn of Oakland, who correctly identified the mystery book as Nick Flynn‘s The Ticking Is the Bomb. Congrats also to the winner of our Poetry Video Contest, Kat of The Internet, and to our very own Geo, whose reading of Emily Dickinson‘s “Because I could not stop for Death” was voted our readers’ favorite! Let’s keep the winning going—if you’re stumped on the above trivia questions, comment and we’ll send you a hint.
June is Cookbook Month here at Diesel. To kick things off, Cheryl in Brentwood has a report on cooking’s dark twin–drinking!
Dive Bars. The name conjures a dark, somewhat seedy establishment replete with denizen barflies–a description which is, thankfully, true. Yes, I love these local haunts. They are unpretentious, serve fairly priced drinks, and you’re bound to find a character or two. I’m always on the lookout for a new place to try, but I usually like to hear something about a new spot before I wander in. Some dive bars are best patronized in a group or at least with an imposing escort until you get a feel for the place. In Los Angeles’s Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the City of Angels, not only are there a slew of joints to check out, they are also rated as to how safe they are to attend alone.
Another good guide series is Thirsty? (there is also Hungry?) for many big cities in the U.S. These books not only include bars, but where to grab the best coffee, juice, and boba in the city…and yes, they have a special section devoted to my beloved dive bars.
Some of my favorites, you ask? The Tonga Hut in North Hollywood, a kitschy tiki bar that’s been around for over 50 years, is a place where you can kick back and watch a cult movie on the TV or listen to the eclectic jukebox. Pat’s Cocktails leans more toward being a sports bar, but you can get some cheap eats and play a game of pool for only fifty cents. Let me know your favorites and I’ll add them to my list!
Before we hit the bars, here’s a quick reminder: today’s the last day to enter May’s Guess the Book Competition. It’s like a Pub Quiz with only one question! Go for it!
Watch the video below and see if you can figure out the title and author of May’s mystery book! Come into any of our stores or comment here with the answer and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a fabulous prize.
The winner of last month‘s contest was the lucky Diana Aehegma of Oakland, California. If you watched the video and suspected (or just psychically had a feeling) that the answer was David Malouf‘s Ransom, you were correct! But dude, you should, like, actually guess this time, because then you could win. Go for it! We’re rooting for you! (Yeah, not the rest of those people. You.)
In our continuing efforts to conquer YouTube, we are now running a video “Guess the Book” competition, in which you could win a prize:
An extra hint: regular readers of this blog will be at an advantage, as the Mystery Book has been mentioned in one of our recent posts. There! Now you can’t say we never did anything for you!
Thomas in Brentwood also risked being run over by a fury of bloodthirsty drivers likely participating in some sort of Death Race 2000 competition in order to bring you this review of Don DeLillo‘s White Noise:
You should also check out Oakland’s Karen on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Grant on The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, and Sean on Neon Vernacular.