| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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,...
| Jan 6, 2008
By Richard Rayner
"Summer up here in the north is beautiful," my Finnish father-in-law once said. "Last year it was on a Thursday." The great Icelandic novelist Halldór Laxness develops this idea in his masterwork, "Independent People": "They stood in...
| Mar 2, 2008
By Richard Rayner
"Ulysses" (Vintage: $17 paper) is the description of a single day, June 16, 1904, a day in the mingled lives of characters walking, talking, dreaming, eating, drinking, mourning and climaxing their way through the hours of an average...
| Apr 13, 2007
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Shiver me timbers
R.L. Stine, author of the beloved "Goosebumps" series of creepy, crawly stories, is heading to "HorrorLand." The ghoulish theme park will be the springboard for 12 new tales, with Scholastic Books planning to release the first two...
| May 25, 2009
If Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler's love child were raised by Franz Kafka, the writing that emerged might resemble China Miéville's new novel, "The City & the City."
Miéville is one of our most talented fabulists, and his work roams boldly across...
| Dec 7, 2008
F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which forms the basis for the new David Fincher movie starring Brad Pitt, originally appeared in Collier's on May 27, 1922 (earlier the story had been rejected by Metropolitan), and was then...
| Nov 9, 2008
"The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. III" edited by Philip Gourevitch (Picador)
"Have you found any professional criticism of your work illuminating or helpful? Edmund Wilson, for example?" asks Julian Jebb, the guy sent by the Paris Review to interview...
| Apr 29, 2008
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April 30, 2008
Any attempt to incorporate Adolf Hitler into a work of fiction is inherently perilous. The historical, political and moral stakes simply are too high to admit even the small authorial misstep.
In "1940" -- his first novel in 20 years --...
| Mar 22, 2008
By W. David Myers
Once upon a time, a devout Roman Catholic boy from West Texas fell hard for a fair maiden with long tresses. Emboldened by her golden beauty and enchanted by her eyes, the Catholic swain gathered his courage and asked her out. Alas,...