| Apr 5, 2010
| 4:24 AM
by Richard Simon Supporters of climate-change legislation are using a surprising figure to promote their cause: Ronald Reagan. Radio ads asking "What would Reagan do?" are airing during the conservative talk shows of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck on...
| Jan 27, 2010
| 5:12 PM
Louis Auchincloss, a prolific author of fiction and nonfiction whose dozens of books imparted sober, firsthand knowledge of America's patrician class, has died. He was 92.
Auchincloss died at a New York hospital on Tuesday, a week after suffering a...
| Feb 21, 2010
The Room and the Chair
Alfred A. Knopf: 316 pp., $25.95
Lorraine Adams is a singular and important American writer. "The Room and the Chair" establishes this without question: It is remarkable for its ambitions and its...
| May 30, 2010
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham
Random House: 640 pp., $35
The story of William Somerset Maugham, the stammering young boy who became a doctor and then the world's most famous writer since Dickens, has often been told,...
| Oct 25, 2010
| 5:36 PM
"Muriel Spark: The Biography"
By Martin Stannard
W.W. Norton. 656 pages. $35
By nearly any measure Muriel Spark was a major 20th-century writer -- of longer fiction (twenty two novels); short fiction (sixty+ stories, published and republished in six...
| Jan 25, 2011
| 5:37 PM
Prolific author and playwright Gore Vidal has listed his Sunset Strip-area home for $3,495,000.
The 1929 Mediterranean villa of 4,782 square feet has a living room with a walk-in fireplace, a meditation room, a music room and an office. The main house...
| Jan 16, 2011
My Father at 100
Viking: 228 pp., $25.95
"Hinckley had loaded his pistol with a type of exploding bullet charmingly marketed as a Devastator," writes Ron Reagan, describing John Hinckley Jr.'s 1981 attempt to assassinate his...
| Apr 18, 2009
"Money Walks," a serial novel by 16 Los Angeles writers who will be appearing at this year's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, runs Monday through Saturday until April 24. The festival takes place on April 25 and 26 at UCLA.
Bunny guided the old...
| Sep 30, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva Gore Vidal, the writer, put his chips on Barack Obama last year. He wants them back. In an interview with the Times of London, the 83-year-old lion of literature calls the American "inexperienced'' in military matters and......
| Oct 11, 2009
| 4:33 PM
It is said that when Proust was 13, he answered an English-language questionnaire, and at age 20 another one in French. These were kind of a parlor game, which he eventually popularized, asking guests and acquaintances about heroes and fears......
| Oct 20, 2009
| 4:33 PM
It was 97 years ago this month that the Frank Munsey-owned pulp called All-Story Magazine introduced the world to a vivid new character with an especially memorable name: Tarzan of the Apes. A book (one of its many, many editons......
| Oct 29, 2009
| 4:32 PM
The Atlantic has just put up a truly bizarre interview that John Meroney did with Gore Vidal, the acerbic literary lion who's out promoting a new memoir, "Snapshots in History's Glare." It offers Vidal's remembrances of various stages of his......