| Aug 29, 2011
| 11:24 AM
She was a glam queen when it still mattered: Marlene Dietrich was born 110 years ago this year and The Criterion in New Haven will be offering a tribute to her in the Movies and Mimosas series each weekend in September, beginning Sept. 3 and 4 at 11:30 a....
| Sep 28, 2011
| 11:07 AM
Thomas Dekker knows that a lot of people who saw him in his last two major projects -- as flamboyant Lance Loud in the HBO film "Cinema Verite" and as a bisexual college student in Gregg Araki's "Kaboom" -- are wondering what the young actor is doing in...
| May 22, 2011
1974: Unhappy at summer camp, I holed up in my bunk and read Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and Bernard Malamud's "The Natural." The camp might have been awful, but the books were anything but.
1980: In June, I attended a writers conference at UC...
| Jun 18, 2010
Things to know about our book club: Our book club began in Glenview during the big snow in 1967 when two mothers, snowed in with young children, decided to organize a neighborhood book club for much-needed intellectual stimulation. We started with six...
| Aug 9, 2009
Where do you begin with Michael Moorcock? His career and background range as far and wide as his characters do across the multiverse. Novelist, short story writer, editor (of New Worlds and other publications), journalist, musician -- and, in the case...
| Jun 23, 2008
LA JOLLA -- As your eyes plot the final few steps down the central staircase in UC San Diego's new student center, they land on a red terrazzo text panel that reads: "Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror." Not exactly a soft landing but...
| Apr 15, 2008
Jonathan Petropoulos, a scholar-sleuth noted for helping to return art looted by the Nazis to its proper owners, has resigned his post as director of Claremont McKenna College's Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights -- the...
| Jul 18, 2010
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg
Edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford
Viking: 528 pp., $35
"Howl" (1956) and "On the Road" (1957), two works that helped define a time, sprang from two wildly fired, independent imaginations. Few would...
| Jun 20, 2010
At one time, Los Angeles was Weimar on the Pacific: Numerous German-speaking émigrés put their stamp on the city to which they'd fled.
What with directors such as Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, writers such as Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and...
| May 4, 2008
Playing With the Grown-Ups
Doubleday/Nan A. Talese: 272 pp., $24
"She does have children, you know," Kitty's magisterial grandfather would tell potential suitors who called looking for Kitty's beautiful mother, Marina. Kitty grew...
| Nov 13, 2006
WASHINGTON — The ousted Republican-led Congress returns to the Capitol this week to try one last time to shorten a long legislative to-do list, while the just-elected members will vote for new leaders in races that could signal the direction the...
| Dec 3, 2008
Turning to Washington for a lifeline, General Motors Corp. has asked lawmakers for up to $18 billion to stave off collapse, promising in return to slash executive pay and jettison its poorly performing brands.
GM, along with Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler,...