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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn my family, we've never recognized a distinction between happiness and the handling of books. Books in libraries, books in shops. Books that take you places, and books you can steal from — like Norman Maclean's memoir, "A River Runs Through It,"...
"Paris Was Ours: Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light" Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $15.95 In the introduction, editor Penelope Rowlands recalls when she and her then-boyfriend first arrived in Paris. It took a while for the then-20-year-...
Jacket CopyA look at book trailers - the good, the awful and what's missing from the Moby awards....
Special to the Los Angeles TimesThe Most Beautiful Walk in the World A Pedestrian in Paris John Baxter Harper Perennial: 336 pp., $14.99 "Paris belongs to its piétons — the pedestrians. One goes naturally à pied — on foot. And it's only on foot that you discover its...
Culture MonsterIdeology is the pretense for a close encounter of the erotic kind in "Terre Haute," Edmund White's absorbing two-hander now at the Blank Theatre. Based on the astonishing fact that Timothy McVeigh and Gore Vidal were pen pals, "Terre Haute"......
Jacket CopyThe Mystery Writers of America announces its 2011 Edgar Awards....
Opinion L.A.Apparently, all of the stereotypes about L.A. are wrong. Forget the year-round sunshine and our bright white smiles. It turns out that not only are we the rudest city but our residents are also really depressed, according to a study......
Culture MonsterFans of HBO's "True Blood" know actor Jim Parrack for his supporting role as Hoyt Fortenberry, the lumbering, socially awkward love interest of vampirette Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll). The cast is currently in between seasons 3 and 4, which......
The Dark End of the Street New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authors Edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan Illustrations by Jonathan Santlofer Bloomsbury: 292 pp., $16 paper To a fan, there's nothing like a good mystery anthology....
Pop & HissCritic's notebook: Hospitalization, arrests and the death of a teen at Electric Daisy Carnival raises questions about raves. But really, Woodstock and discos weren't so long ago. The first news that hit my ears about the Electric Daisy Carnival was......
"There has to be a compelling reason these days for someone to decide to pick up a smelly book," says satirist Gary Shteyngart, the 38-year-old author whose novel "Super Sad True Love Story," a dystopian romance, has earned critical raves. By "smelly,"...
Simon Karlinsky, a professor emeritus of Slavic languages and literature at UC Berkeley who wrote authoritative volumes on Gogol, Nabokov and Chekhov and was an expert on homosexuality in pre-Soviet culture, died July 5 at his home in Kensington, Calif....
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