| May 13, 2011
| 4:33 PM
With school librarians' jobs endangered in L.A., what would August Wilson say?...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 9:38 PM
“I’m not bitter,” explains the title character in the comedy “The Understudy.” In fact, he explains it repeatedly, you know, in that way that makes you doubt the truthfulness of that statement. Harry (Josh Geoghagan) has...
| Apr 10, 2011
H.G. Adler, translated from the German by Peter Filkins
Random House: 454 pp., $26
Life is short and art is long, as the saying goes, but the sad fact is that a work of literature may not outlive its human author. Such was the...
| May 19, 2011
| 9:25 PM
The one-act play is alive and well at Orange Coast College. A dozen of them will be unveiled this weekend only at OCC's Drama Lab Studio Theater.
Billed as "original and published one-act plays for mature audiences," the program, which opened Thursday,...
| May 22, 2011
The Golden Era of Romance Comics
Harper Design: $29.99
Forget Spider-Man or the X-Men. Instead, with "Agonizing Love," dip into the adventures of a young lady confronted with the horrible creature known as "Mother's Boy"!...
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 11:00 AM
A vast national audience rooted for Precious, the heroine of the film of that name and of Sapphire's novel "Push," as she learned to read with a dedicated teacher's help. Profoundly abused, obese, barely literate and HIV-infected, Precious set about...
| Jun 18, 2010
Things to know about our book club: Our book club began in Glenview during the big snow in 1967 when two mothers, snowed in with young children, decided to organize a neighborhood book club for much-needed intellectual stimulation. We started with six...
| Oct 5, 2009
The director's movies, such as his Oscar-winning 2002 film 'The Piano,' may reflect his world view on morality and the role of the artist in society. |Reed Johnson
Should great artists be treated differently from ordinary mortals? Does a musician,...
| Nov 1, 2009
The Suicide Run
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Random House: 198 pp., $24
The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
| Sep 24, 2008
A WICKED sculpture at the entrance to the retrospective exhibition of Martin Kippenberger's work at the Museum of Contemporary Art crystallizes the manic tone that made the German-born Conceptual artist such an influential force, beginning in the 1980s....
| Jun 23, 2008
LA JOLLA -- As your eyes plot the final few steps down the central staircase in UC San Diego's new student center, they land on a red terrazzo text panel that reads: "Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror." Not exactly a soft landing but...