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Daunting as it may be to assemble a centuries-spanning assessment of any country, even one with a fairly linear march through history, how does one approach a culture as unstable, contradictory and contested as ours? Where do you start? Where do you stop?...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn the long and often embarrassing history of intellectuals' attempts to grapple with pop culture, there are, at least, a few high points. One of them is the work of the late Leslie Fiedler, the garrulous and provocative critic of literature who could...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterKurt Vonnegut, an American cultural hero celebrated for his wry, loonily imaginative commentary on war, apocalypse, technology, materialism and other afflictions in "Slaughterhouse-Five" and other novels, has died. He was 84. One of the last of a...
Times Staff WriterIn his well-regarded documentary "Stone Reader," Mark Moskowitz, an agreeable-seeming director of political commercials, endeavors to track down the author of a novel that he tried to crack at age 18. Some three decades after that initial attempt and...
Special to the Tribune4 stars (out of 4) The 2002 documentary "Stone Reader," which opens Friday at Facets Multimedia, begins as a search for a mysterious man who wrote a book. Along the way, it becomes a journey through the creative process. Such are the vagaries of art. In...
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