| Oct 1, 2013
| 4:28 PM
1. Catch up on "Breaking Bad": 43 episodes to go. (No spoilers, please.)
2. Make it to page 39 of David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest.” (My record so far: page 38.)*
3. Find out what a “Kardashian” is....
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:04 PM
It's the holiday season, and let's say you're shopping for the sixth-grader in your life. Because you are a sensitive and loving being who wants this small person to grow up to be a sensitive and loving being, you want to give them a book, a book that...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 7:38 AM
Jason Segel, who has made a career out of playing adorable goofy guys, will portray David Foster Wallace in an upcoming biopic, The Wrap reports.
Wallace was the author of the monumental novel "Infinite Jest" and has been described by The Times' David...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 9:00 AM
I could tell you that I loved "The Portrait of a Lady," "War and Peace” and “Pride and Prejudice,” but, really, what's the point?
Among book lovers of my general description (female, 40-something, recovering English major) these books...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Carly Mensch has had plays done at Steppenwolf in Chicago, Ars Nova in New York City and the Humana Festival in Louisville, Ky. She's also written for the TV shows "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie." Often, when writers are sucked into screenwriting jobs, they...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Tom Clancy, who died Tuesday at age 66, was an author who created imaginary stories from the raw material of a real world in conflict. His audience seemed to grow exponentially as he conquered one media platform after another.
In his 1984 debut, "The...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 9:02 AM
Stanley Kauffmann, the longtime film and theater critic of The New Republic who in the 20th century helped define movie reviews as an intellectual form, has died. He was 97.
Kauffmann died from complications of pneumonia in New York. A tribute will be...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Los Angeles-based bookish tech startup Small Demons will close its doors Nov. 25, it has told publishers, unless a last-minute buyer is found. The U.K.'s Bookseller reports Small Demons had been in negotiations with an international buyer, but those talks...
| Nov 10, 2013
David Foster Wallace was no fan of cities. He used to complain to friends that they left him riled up. Being in New York City, he once wrote to the then-fiction editor of Playboy, Alice Turner, “My whole nervous system seems to be on the outside...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 8:39 AM
The 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York will feature a roster of 103 names from around the country, organizers announced on Thursday. Several prominent artists from Los Angeles are on the list, including Karl Haendel, John Mason, Laura Owens and the late...
| Sep 9, 2012
D.T. Max knew what he was getting into when he decided to write a biography of David Foster Wallace. In March 2009, he published a long piece in the New Yorker about Wallace's suicide and the author's inability to finish "The Pale King," the novel left...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 3:27 PM
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The California Institute of the Arts launched its literary journal Black Clock in 2004 with pieces by some of the best writers of the moment: David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Lethem, Aimee Bender...