| Jan 21, 2010
Anyone familiar with James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential," or the razor-sharp film adaptation, will recall the sleazy magazine whose insatiable desire for nasty stories about Hollywood celebrities drove the plot.
Ellroy called it Hush-Hush, but his model...
| Mar 31, 2010
The English writer Sebastian Faulks is one of those curious novelists whose predilection for well-told stories and popularity with readers often have seemed impediments to serious regard.
That's a bit unfair because, with its knowing nods to Trollope,...
| Sep 26, 2009
For the launch of our book group feature, we visited this club's first meeting. One mother of two, a painter, invited 22 friends to her apartment for the initial meeting last Sunday afternoon, a gray day indeed. About 12 women joined in a discussion of...
| Mar 7, 2009
Jim Bellows, a legendary editor who built a career resuscitating underdog big-city newspapers from Los Angeles to New York and helped turn Tom Wolfe and Jimmy Breslin into stars, has died. He was 86.
Bellows, a longtime resident of Brentwood, died...
| Apr 11, 2009
To the jaded Holden Caulfield in "The Catcher in the Rye," he was the guy responsible for "all that David Copperfield kind of crap." In "The Wire," he's the obsession of a philistine, prize-obsessed editor who can't stop drawing glib parallels between...
| Sep 6, 2009
Library of America: 1,020 pp., $40
When does an act of reclamation cease to be about restoration and become about something else? That's the question raised by "Collected Stories," the Library of America's new...
| Mar 21, 2010
Along the stretch of U.S. highway where I live, there is a small sign announcing that the road has been "adopted" by the John Birch Society. This fringe group of yesteryear -- whose Dallas members distributed commie-baiting "Wanted for Treason" leaflets...
| Jun 27, 2010
The 10 photographers in "Engaged Observers," opening June 29 at the Getty Museum, are at once storytellers, witnesses, advocates for justice, investigative journalists, consciousness raisers, evidence gatherers and educators. They're also something...
| Jun 20, 2010
Twelve: 448 pp., $26.99
With the possible exception of Tom Wolfe and Maureen Dowd's, Christopher Hitchens' marvelous byline is the most archly kinetic in current-day American letters. Every article, review and...
| Dec 16, 2007
They are sons of La Jolla, five friends who came of age on the edge of the Pacific.
They all played on La Jolla High School's football team. One was the defensive player of the year. Another was a star quarterback mentored by former pro standout Doug...
| Jul 3, 2008
OF COURSE, there were the drugs. And the drinking. And guns. And more drugs. Given his notorious lifestyle, it can be hard to keep in mind that Hunter S. Thompson was first and foremost a writer, a frontline chronicler of the promise and adventure of...
| Dec 9, 2007
By Richard Rayner
"He had the build of a plunging halfback, with big shoulders and a neck like the stump of a Douglas fir," wrote Malcolm Cowley, who taught Ken Kesey in a writing class at Stanford in 1960. "Chapters of a novel were read aloud in a...