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  • Junot Diaz is a Poetry Genius

    Junot Diaz is a Poetry Genius
    Rap Genius is a deceptively simple idea started by three friends from Yale: a website where users could make their own pop-up annotations to the lyrics of their favorite rap songs, with the most popular crowd-sourced explanations rising to the top. For...
  • Technology 2013: The loss of privacy is digitized

    The setting: a gloomy metropolis in the not-too-distant future. Endless rows of identically clad proles sit before a giant screen, watching Big Brother rant about the virtues of group think. "We are one people with one will, one resolve, one cause!" he...
  • Who thinks Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature?

    Who thinks Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature?
    Who thinks Japanese writer Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature? British bettors do. British betting house Ladbrokes has Murakami as this year's favorite for the Nobel Prize in literature. The author of such books as "1Q84," "Norwegian...
  • Autobiography in fiction

    Autobiography in fiction
    The autobiographical novel is a funny creature. We associate it with the dramas of youth, with first steps: "David Copperfield," for instance, or "The Catcher in the Rye." In a preface he composed later in life to his early novel "Mary," Vladimir...
  • Obama buys spy novel, sports and kids' books on shopping trip

    Obama buys spy novel, sports and kids' books on shopping trip
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama stocked up on more than 20 books Saturday in a rare stop at a local bookstore, part of an effort to support small businesses. The president's visit the day after Black Friday to Politics & Prose, a Washington landmark,...
  • Math concepts in 'A Parallelogram' a challenge to some audiences

    Math concepts in 'A Parallelogram' a challenge to some audiences
    A refresher course in high school geometry isn't a prerequisite for "A Parallelogram," the play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris running at the Mark Taper Forum. But it certainly wouldn't hurt. The four actors in Norris' strange, ambiguous domestic...
  • Juan Gabriel Vasquez on 'The Sound of Things Falling'

    Juan Gabriel Vasquez on 'The Sound of Things Falling'
    For more than a decade in the 1980s and ’90s, the Medellín drug cartel and its notorious leader, Pablo Escobar, held an entire nation hostage. Drug-related violence and terrorism were the order of the day in Colombia, with Bogotá as dangerous, in...
  • What your 'unread books' list reveals

    What your 'unread books' list reveals
    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...
  • 5 memorable literary scandals and contretemps of 2013

    5 memorable literary scandals and contretemps of 2013
    By all accounts, 2013 was a better year for the book business: Previous reports of its demise proved unfounded, as the Los Angeles Times' David Ulin wrote recently. And thanks to the Internet and assorted literary blogs, it was a good year of literary...
  • David Ulin picks his top books for fall

    David Ulin picks his top books for fall
    Fall is a terrific time to be a reader. Publishers shake off their summer doldrums and get down to business again. And writers? Well, writers settle in also and put out big books. Over the next few months alone, we'll see new releases from an array of...
  • Author doesn't want you to buy his book on Amazon

    Author doesn't want you to buy his book on Amazon
    Novelist and independent bookseller Jaime Clarke has, like many writers before him, launched a website tied to the promotion of his new book. "Vernon Downs" will be available from Amazon in April 2014, but his website urges readers to consider pre-...
  • Audiobooks for running

    Audiobooks for running
    Have you seen AT&T's running-with-books TV commercial? Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall starts up “The Odyssey” audiobook on his smartphone and proceeds to listen and run for hours under a cloudless blue sky down a tree-lined country road, through...