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  • In our pages: E.L. Doctorow, Colm Toibin, boxing, Lee Krasner

     
    In Sundays pages, we review short story collections by E.L. Doctorow and Colm Toibin, a biography of Lee Krasner, a new anthology of writing about boxing and more....
  • The Reading Life: Revisiting 'Mildred Pierce'

     
    Reading Mildred Pierce, book critic David L. Ulin says, proves James M. Cain was not a great hard-boiled novelist but a great novelist period....
  • From the Stacks – 'Facts You Should Know About California'

     
    Since March, when I examined Louis Adamic’s “The Truth About Los Angeles,” I have been hunting the other pamphlets he wrote for E. Haldeman-Julius. A box of a dozen musty tracts arrived Friday, courtesy of EBay, and I immediately dug.......
  • The Morning Fix: 'Hangover II' cures Hollywood blues. PBS hacked! Dauman made how much?

     
    After the coffee. Before pretending to be excited about going back to work. The Skinny. I went into "Hangover II" not expecting much and I wasn't disappointed. I walked out after about an hour. My rule is: You may steal......
  • $100,000 Kingsley Tufts poetry prize accepting nominations

     
    Kingsley Tufts smoked a pipe and wrote poetry about martinis. His widow sold their house to establish a $100,000 poetry award in his name....
  • A Hollywood Riddle: Why do we always think current movies are worse than ever?

     
    In the middle of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” Owen Wilson’s character finds himself mysteriously transported to the Paris of the 1920s, which is populated with a host of cultural icons, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott...
  • Boomers vs. Gen Xers: Who's had it better?

     
    Age doesn’t define us the way it did for baby boomers, wrote Alene Dawson in a recent Image feature about Gen Xers now rounding 40. Thanks in part to progress made by boomers -- especially the activists among them who......
  • Michele Bachmann and me -- like twins!

     
    Michele Bachmann, my political soul sister! I've been saying for weeks that Democrats are missing a huge opportunity if they don't make these six words the centerpiece of their economic campaign: "Bring back the Reagan tax rates." And now I......
  • This Sunday: James M. Cain minus the noir

     
    James M. Cain's lengthy essay "Paradise" is reprinted this week. We also include some faces to watch in 2012...
  • Rodriguez: The 'Mad Men' mystique

    Rodriguez: The 'Mad Men' mystique
    Who the heck would want to be like Betty or her ad man ex, Don? That's what I asked myself recently when I passed a Banana Republic window display featuring the retailer's new "Mad Men"-inspired clothing collection. "Are you a Betty?" read a poster with...
  • Book review: 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned' by John A. Farrell

    Book review: 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned' by John A. Farrell
    Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned John A. Farrell Doubleday: 400 pp., $32.50 For five stormy, pivotal decades, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was a towering figure in U.S. jurisprudence and politics. He served as defense lawyer for the people...
  • Education Matters: Election spawns discontentment

    Education Matters: Election spawns discontentment
    Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a...