| Mar 17, 2013
LONDON — What are the first sights you seek when you travel to a new city? The museums? The top restaurants? Or the cemeteries? I choose cemeteries. Although some people think that's weird, I find them a through-the-looking-glass way of...
| Apr 29, 2012
Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 322 pp., $26
I didn't much like Jonathan Franzen's essay "Farther Away" when I read it a year ago in the New Yorker. A complicated mishmash of a...
| Apr 27, 2012
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In Sunday books: a talk with UCLA author Alain Mabanckou, plus reviews of the latest by Jonathan Franzen, lumber as history and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's letters and diaries....
| Nov 16, 2010
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The characteristic that renders Silvana Ambar so impressive as a curator is her ability to attract internationally known artists who are either trained in the finest art academies in the world, or who have demonstrated such self-taught skill that they are...
| Dec 4, 2011
Let's say you're getting, or giving, a new tablet or an e-reader (iPad, Kobo, Nook or Kindle Fire) for the holidays. Here's an idea for what to do with it: Load it first with free books. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, as well as the cultural gift known as...
| Nov 22, 2009
Riverhead: 292 pp., $25.95
In 2006, when James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces" was exposed as a fraud, the news was met with the self-righteousness and scorn typically reserved for Ponzi schemers. Ever since, Frey's name...
| Feb 16, 2009
Chris Ayres' "Death by Leisure" is a memoir of financial foolishness.
It is also, sadly, an obituary for our late, great city of Los Angeles.
Felled by the burst of a real estate bubble, a victim of mass greed and self-delusion, it is mourned, alas,...
| Jun 22, 2008
Edward Anderson had a strange and sad career. He was born in Texas in 1905 and grew up in Oklahoma, serving his apprenticeship as a journalist on a small paper in Ardmore, Okla. Restless, he worked as a deckhand on a freighter, plied his fists as a...
| Apr 2, 2008
"Friday Night Lights" is coming back, "The Office" is spinning off and NBC is going to try to have mostly original programming all year round.
Those are some of the highlights from what NBC is calling its "in front" (rather than upfront) schedule...
| Apr 21, 2008
Alicia Silverstone is going to play a mother on TV. Just not that one.
Silverstone, who was courted for a recurring role on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" earlier this season, has taken the lead role in ABC's comedy pilot "Bad Mother's Handbook." NBC,...
| May 22, 2008
Sam Neill, who recently starred in Showtime's "The Tudors," will take on another period piece in his next TV gig.
Neill, along with Sean Bean ("The Lord of the Rings") and Joss Ackland ("White Mischief"), have joined the cast of NBC's drama "Crusoe," a...
| Jul 12, 2008
Back in the day, sailing to America could be traumatic stuff—when, that is, it wasn't incredibly dull. Anything might go wrong, and frequently did. There were enemy warships, hurricanes and, not least, the delights of dysentery (or "the bloody flux,...