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Poets read to rapt audiences, and authors of fiction tried to explain the creative process. Celebrity chefs lured big crowds to sit under a hot sun, and mystery writers answered questions in SRO auditoriums. There was something for almost everyone at...
Los Angeles Times Book Critic"Just Kids," which won the National Book Award for nonfiction Wednesday night, is a reminder that Patti Smith has always had more than making records on her mind. Such a sensibility has defined her work since her debut album "Horses" came out in 1975,...
Tags: Poetry, Patti Smith, Music, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe
I don't think I've ever met a clay cooking pot I didn't like . . . or want to own. And I have more than 100 clay pots of every size in my kitchen to prove it: Moroccan tagines, Provençal daubieres, Spanish cazuelas, Italian bean pots, Turkish guvecs...
Los Angeles Times Book CriticFall, it seems, starts earlier every year. Certainly, that's true of publishing: Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" — arguably the big book of the season — has been a topic of discussion since mid-August, while other anticipated titles (Tom...
Tags: Lee Child, Culture, Labor Day, Human Body, Documentary (genre)
Special to the Los Angeles Times"No one ever seems to go in or out of that building," says Sean Wilentz, pointing out Princeton's Nassau Hall, a campus landmark old enough to have been held by the British during the Revolutionary War. It's appropriate that this eminent American...
Brand X Files: Goat smashes into strip club. Fox readies U.S. version of 'Torchwood' and how David Letterman really feels about Jay LenoBrand XFox readying U.S. version of BBC sci-fi hit "Torchwood" (Hollywood Reporter) Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin voted L.A.'s best Twitterer (LA Weekly) New film about Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" poem with James Franco and "Madman" Jon Hamm (Guardian) And if you want...
From 1958 to 1966, the Venice West Cafe served as a gathering place for disciples of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and the other pioneers of the Beat Generation who planted the seeds of L.A.'s counterculture movement. Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for the...
The Patience Stone Atiq Rahimi Translated from the French by Polly McLean Other Press: 160 pp., $16.95 Books have many incarnations. Some come back as plays or movies. If they have questionable karma, they come back as paperback remainders or Saturday...
Reading Rudolph Wurlitzer's novels is like watching a road movie backward. In his 1969 underground classic, "Nog," the narrator drifts across an amorphous terrain on which his shifting identity molds itself like soft clay. Rather than buttressing his...
Culture MonsterWhen Alice Neel was under FBI investigation in the 1950s, her file described her as a âromantic Bohemian type Communist.â Far more revealing than the Red Scare classification was Neelâs purported interest in having the agents who interviewed her...
Jacket CopyPeter Orlovsky, longtime partner of Allen Ginsberg and a poet in his own right, died May 30 in Vermont of lung cancer. He was 76. Orlovsky met Ginsberg in San Francisco in 1954, before Ginsberg wrote his seminal poem, "Howl."......
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