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  • Reading L.A.: D.J. Waldie's spare, poetic 'Holy Land'

     
    Christopher Hawthorne's Reading L.A. series continues with D.J. Waldie's spare, poetic 'Holy Land'...
  • Handicapping the Nobel Prize in literature: a guide

     
    Who is Assia Djebar and why is she considered among the top contenders for the Nobel Prize in literature? This handy guide can help....
  • Believe it: Bob Dylan is favored to win Nobel Prize in literature

     
    Bob Dylan as Nobel prize-winner? Bob Dylan is the odds-on favorite to win the Nobel Prize for literature....
  • AFI Fest 2011: The literate anxieties of 'The Color Wheel'

     
    A ruefully acid-dipped send-up of the indie family comedy, "The Color Wheel" plays Saturday and Monday as part of AFI Fest. It will also screen on the UCLA campus on Tuesday as a double bill with Perry's first feature, 2009's "Impolex."...
  • “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean talks Episode 500, the show’s history, and more

     
    This Sunday, Feb. 19, at 8pm ET/PT, The Simpsons will air its milestone 500th episode, “At Long Last Leave,” in which the Simpson family is evicted from Springfield and joins an off-the-grid community outside of town. But it doesn't look as if...
  • Archive review: David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest'

     
    On Friday, we posted Ron Currie Jr.'s remembrance of reading "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace. Now acknowledged to be a seminal work of postmodern literature, and the thing that turned many Wallace readers into devotees, "Infinite Jest" arrived in....
  • 'Eat, Pray' L.A. Times bestseller again

     
    Elizabeth Gilbert, devastated after her marriage failed, went to Italy, India and Indonesia to recover and to try to rediscover something about herself. Her immersion in food, faith and the paradise of Bali sounds like a pretty good start at......
  • Mona Simpson and the L.A. Times bestseller list

     
    Mona Simpson's "My Hollywood," a layered, literary take on motherhood and nannyhood, enters the L.A. Times bestseller list this week at No. 11. Simpson, who lives in Santa Monica, told Susan Salter Reynolds about what inspired her to create Lola,......
  • Seth Godin trailblazes down a familiar path

     
    Just so we're clear: Seth Godin is a smart Internet marketing guy, one who's less full of hot air than many others. Even when I disagree with him, there's usually something there to disagree with -- which is more than......
  • L.A. Times bestsellers, featuring Rosanne Cash

     
    Anyone who follows Rosanne Cash on Twitter knows she's funny, candid and smart. "Must check celebrity health & beauty blogs to discern inability to sleep. Probably repressing inner Goddess or not eating enough seaweed," she Tweeted earlier this week,...
  • The Man Booker shortlist: Americans, be patient

     
    If the Man Booker Prize judges were trying to send a message to American readers with the short list for this year's prize, announced Tuesday, it may have sounded something like "be patient." One third of the six shortlisted books......
  • Dave Tompkins reads from 'How to Wreck a Nice Beach' tonight at Skylight Books

     
    At its most elemental, the vocoder is an instrument of deception. A mode for veiled communication -- slang in binary code. The U.S and Russian militaries used it to compress and encrypt speech to elude enemy interception, but it soon......