| Oct 17, 2013
| 1:26 PM
Mark Twain is coming to the Laguna Playhouse this fall — and to the savvy viewer, he's bringing Jim Morrison, Doc Holliday and Batman with him.
The playhouse announced last week that Val Kilmer, who has a long track record of playing iconic...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 11:24 AM
In one episode of the sitcom “Seinfeld,” George Costanza tries to impress his girlfriend by joining a book club. The first book he has to read is “Breakfast at Tiffany's,” by Truman Capote. For George, the novella is a slog:...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 6:56 AM
It was one of the top 10 grossing films of 1976, but "Murder By Death" has the feel of something Neil Simon and his brother Danny might have cooked up for Sid Caesar during their days writing for "Your Show of Shows" in the '50s: Assemble a group of well-...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:31 AM
A set of 100 photographs by the late Irving Penn is being donated to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington.
The photos, which are being given by the Irving Penn Foundation, include rare street photographs dating from the 1930s and '40s,...
| Dec 31, 2012
Books often play a big role in people's holiday memories. Some of us receive a gift book that becomes a cherished memento or starts us on a lifelong love of reading. Or a family reads a certain book each year as part of their holiday traditions. We...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 12:00 PM
That's not writing, that's typing. Truman Capote said that about Jack Kerouac's “On the Road,” and right now, I'd be happy with typing. I could do worse. Heck, I'm already doing worse. My novel is a pathetic mess. I've been hearing about...
| May 25, 2013
| 11:38 AM
One thing to know about our book club
We are the Lake Forest Place Book Club, and we are all residents of the continuing care retirement home here. Our members range in age by 25 years and have lived in 21 states and five foreign countries, which adds...
| Dec 1, 2012
Never mind the Morlocks. For a book lover, the most chilling scene in the 1960 screen adaptation of "The Time Machine" is the one in which the Time Traveler is taken to the decrepit library of the Eloi race. "I can learn all I want about you from books,"...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 10:36 AM
In his prime, writer Gore Vidal didn't have much nice to say about people, and he enjoyed sharing his opinions. On live television in 1968, he referred to fellow commentator William F. Buckley as a "crypto-Nazi" (Buckley responded by calling Vidal...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 11:49 AM
A manuscript of Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is being auctioned online by R.R. Auctions this week. The manuscript includes Capote's handwritten edits, including one of the most significant: He changes the main character's name to Holly...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 6:15 PM
A.S. King won the L.A. Times book prize for young adult literature with "Ask the Passengers" on Friday night. Wearing the same high green boots Saturday morning, she stopped by our video booth at the L.A. Times Festival of Books to talk with features...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 10:23 AM
The Library of Congress announced the names of 25 films Wednesday that are to be enshrined in its National Film Registry. Of those 25, 5-1/2 were based on books or stories. The half? Read on.
The 1983 film "A Christmas Story" -- with Ralphie, a frozen...