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  • 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......
  • Writer Yiyun Li named MacArthur "genius" Fellow

     
    Author Yiyun Li is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, it was announced today. Li, who lives in northern California and is an assistant professor at UC Davis, was giddy when The Times reached her by phone. What will the fellowship mean......
  • Is Cormac McCarthy really headed for the Nobel?

     
    On Monday, news started buzzing that Cormac McCarthy, chronicler of a blasted and violent early American West and, more recently, a dystopic frozen future, might be under consideration for the Nobel Prize in Literature, whose announcement is planned for...
  • Gold Derby nuggets: Steve Pond digs into documentary race | Guy Lodge on category fraud | Guests line up for Conan O'Brien

     
    • Steve Pond delves into the selection process for the documentary feature Oscar race. As he reports, "in a remarkable year for non-fiction filmmaking of all kinds, the looming possibility of more Oscar-doc controversies means it’s time to take a look...
  • 12 reasons to ignore the naysayers: Do NaNoWriMo

     
    If you want to write a novel in 30 days, don't let anyone stop you. Not even Salon's Laura Miller. Miller, who I usually find thoughtful and sweet, has written an anti-NaNoWriMo column -- "Better yet, DON'T write that novel"......
  • A screaming comes across the sky

     
    Los Angeles got Pynchonian on Monday when an unidentified "missile" wass launched from somewhere west of Los Angeles. Video of the event shows a bright contrail zooming across the sky. Our sibling blog L.A. Now reports: A KCBS news helicopter......
  • Will Paul Thomas Anderson direct Pynchon adaptation?

     
    Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of "Magnolia" and "There Will Be Blood," may direct an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel, "Inherent Vice," New York magazine reports. The book features a stoned private detective in a Southern California beach...
  • Oscar's real Cinderella storyteller: David Seidler, screenwriter of 'The King's Speech'

     
    If anyone is living out a stranger-than-fiction Cinderella story this Oscar season, it's David Seidler, the colorful 73-year-old screenwriter of “The King's Speech.” For several months, the film has been viewed as a best picture front-runner, making...
  • When coffee meets Pynchon

     
    Trystero Coffee was inspired by Thomas Pynchon's book The Crying of Lot 49....
  • Downey puts on his gumshoes for ‘Inherent Vice’

     
    Robert Downey has his eyes on a private eye. He's rumored to be angling for the lead in a film of the 1960s LA-set (Yaaaaaaaaawwwwwwn) Thomas Pynchon private eye novel “Inherent Vice.”...
  • Steve Erickson's next book coming from Europa in 2012

     
    Steve Erickson's next novel will be "These Dreams of You," coming from Europa in 2012, the publisher announced Monday. Erickson is one of Southern California's most innovative novelists; he runs the creative-writing program at CalArts and its literary...