| Apr 5, 2012
| 4:28 PM
In the shadow of Bella Terra, a photographic exhibition is underway that chronicles a lesser-known French chapter in the history of the counterculture Beat movement.
Through April 21, the OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art in Huntington Beach's Old World...
| Dec 21, 2011
For most of his 76 years, the 14th Dalai Lama has been the spiritual light for followers of Tibetan Buddhism, his every word parsed for guidance to living a better, more fulfilling life. Awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, the Dalai Lama has been an...
| Dec 26, 2011
When Bob Hare opened his Hermosa Beach coffeehouse in 1958, he called it the Insomniac because it was open until 3 a.m.
He brewed his coffee in a 300-pound dry-cleaning boiler and served it to such high-profile members of the Beat Generation as Allen...
| Oct 27, 2012
| 4:00 AM
The Dead Do Not Improve
Jay Caspian Kang
Hogarth: 272 pp, $25
Jay Caspian Kang's debut novel, "The Dead Do Not Improve," demands to be accepted on its own terms. Moving past the era in which...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 7:55 AM
The Sea is My Brother: The Lost Novel by Jack Kerouac
Da Capo Press, 216 pages, $23
On the Road, the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac that has sent generations hitchhiking across America since its publication in 1957, is coming soon to a multiplex near...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 12:50 PM
I have no doubt that there were several dozen other such moments. I wasn't at every event in the festival, and...
| Sep 23, 2012
"A poet," Louis Simpson once wrote, "should wish for enough unhappiness to keep him writing."
Simpson may not have wished for trouble, but he kept writing for 60 years — spare, powerful poems about war, infidelity, suburban alienation and other...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 10:47 AM
Jay-Z, Sonic Youth, Guns N' Roses, Ghostface Killah, Slayer, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Britney Spears, The New Pornographers, Mobb Deep, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Prefab Sprout, Pink, The Beatles, Van Halen, Big Star, Bob Dylan,...
| Feb 23, 2012
Barney Rosset, the renegade founder of Grove Press who fought groundbreaking legal battles against censorship and introduced American readers to such provocative writers as Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco and Jean Genet, died Tuesday in...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 11:57 AM
This column has moved but will not require a new name.
"City Lights" — I originally thought of that title as a play on the city editor position. Now, as I move into the features editor spot, I'm reminded of from where else the inspiration came....