| Dec 19, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Roman Polanski's "Carnage" recently opened in New York and Los Angeles. The movie is based on Yasmina Reza's play "God of Carnage." Reza recently sat down to discuss her theater career and the various versions of "God of Carnage" that have been produced...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Opening Friday, "Carnage," director Roman Polanski's adaptation of Yasmina Reza's stage play "God of Carnage," tells the story of two sets of parents who come together to discuss an altercation involving both of their sons and descend into bitter...
| Apr 27, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Five years after he was first indicted and after two prosecutions ended in mistrials, a Los Angeles-based maker and distributor of niche fetish films was convicted Friday of federal obscenity charges. Ira Isaacs, who produced, sold and sometimes acted in....
| 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 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...
| 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"!...
| Jun 14, 2008
From Anton Chekhov's "Kashtanka" and Franz Kafka's "Investigations of a Dog," down through Jack London's "Call of the Wild" and "White Fang," and including Albert Payson Terhune's improbably massive canine oeuvre, right up to such iconic names as Lassie,...
| Oct 27, 2009
"Twitterature" was created by University of Chicago students Emmett Rensin and Alex Aciman who aim to re-imagine and shed insight into classic literary titles in 20 sentences of less, no more than 140 characters at a time. According to Twitterature.com...
| 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...
| Feb 3, 2009
Lukas Foss, the polyglot American composer, conductor and pianist who directed half a dozen Ojai Music Festivals, led marathon concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and succeeded Arnold Schoenberg as head of composition at UCLA, has died. He was 86.
| Dec 6, 2009
In my favorite panel of R. Sikoryak's "Masterpiece Comics" (Drawn & Quarterly: 66 pp., $19.95), Superman -- recast as Meursault, the protagonist of Albert Camus' 1942 novel "The Stranger" -- attacks a priest in his jail cell while crying out: "Don't waste...