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  • It's not too late for the obligatory 4/20 book post

     
    Today, April 20, is 4/20, or four-twenty, or 4:20, a phrase whose origins are hazy but which basically has something to do with smoking marijuana. Four-twenty has entered legend, despite the fact that smoking pot isn't legal -- for now,......
  • The Gen X poster boy's endless ennui

    In his 1985 breakout novel, "Less Than Zero," Bret Easton Ellis, then all of 21 years old, created young, jaded Angelenos who just didn't care about anything: They recounted cocaine scores and semi-anonymous sex in the same tone with which they lamented...
  • Los Angeles' literary landscape

    In "Ramona," her 1884 novel of Southern California, Helen Hunt Jackson did more than tell the story of the illicit romance between a mestizo orphan and an Indian sheepherder. Caught in the pages of her famous melodrama is a picture of the land that is...
  • "The Smithsonian Institution" by Gore Vidal

    In 1948, still in his early 20s, having already published two quite creditable works of fiction, Gore Vidal made literary history with "The City and the Pillar," the first mainstream American novel to treat homosexual desire as a natural, if not exactly...