| Mar 24, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Four Hundred Fifty-One Degrees is not a boy band. The group was founded by a boy, and it is led by a boy, but its ranks are primarily girls. It came together just 18 months ago and, depending on the week, it claims 15 to 20 members. That fluctuation...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:31 PM
It is a pleasurable thing to have drinks with Randy Albers and we have done so over the years at such saloons as, of course, the Billy Goat, as well as Stefani's 437, the Underground Wonder Bar and some joint in the South Loop whose name escapes me at the...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 12:45 PM
It may not rank with literature's greatest opening lines — “Call me Ishmael”; “It was a pleasure to burn”; or “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 1:25 PM
We talk about books every week in this space, but most of time it's about the words inside them. This week, we have to discuss them as objects, more precisely as objects that should be stored in specific — very specific — ways.
| Oct 13, 2011
Margaret Tante Burk, a businesswoman, publicist and book enthusiast who co-founded one of the country's largest literary lunch groups, died Oct. 6 in Los Angeles of natural causes, her son, Harry, said. She was 93.
For 30 years, until 2007, Burk ran...
| Oct 19, 2011
Norman Corwin, the legendary writer, director and producer of original radio plays for CBS during the golden age of radio in the 1930s and '40s when he was revered as the "poet of the airwaves," has died. He was 101.
Corwin, a journalist, playwright,...
| Sep 14, 2010
Harold Gould, a veteran character actor who played con man Kid Twist in the 1973 movie "The Sting," Valerie Harper's father on TV's "Rhoda" and Betty White's boyfriend on "The Golden Girls," has died. He was 86.
Gould, who also was known for his stage...
| Jun 28, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Ray Bradbury, who will be 90 on Aug. 22, appeared at the Mystery and Imagination Bookstore in Glendale on Saturday to help launch "Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews," a new book by Sam Weller. Weller, center, was......
| Nov 17, 2010
Marshall Lumsden, the founding editor of West, a Sunday magazine the Los Angeles Times introduced in 1966, died Friday at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica. He was 88.
His death was caused by complications from colon cancer, said his wife, Wini....
| Apr 9, 2012
| 4:34 AM
Dandelions are cropping up in lawns all over suburbia and the city–and that's got homeowners screaming as it usually does this time of year. Some …...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 9:33 PM
"John Carter" fans created their own unauthorized version of the new film trailer for Walt Disney Studios' upcoming space adventure movie....
| Feb 10, 2012
| 11:19 AM
William Gibson talks to Wired Magazine...