| Jul 25, 2013
| 7:12 AM
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...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:41 AM
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...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:03 PM
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...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 1:55 PM
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,...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 8:00 AM
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...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 10:27 AM
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...
| 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...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 11:42 AM
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...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 12:17 PM
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-...
| Oct 20, 2013
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...