| Jun 10, 2012
Essays sneak up on us. They are — or often feel — accidental: the record of a writer wrestling with an idea, an observation, a slice of experience, of a writer figuring it out. They have a conditional quality, as if they could go in any...
| Dec 26, 2010
When They Come for Us, We'll Be Gone
The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 598 pp., $30
If you think the Cold War is dead as the backdrop for any decent espionage story, you haven't read "When They Come for...
| Jan 30, 2011
A Family's Journey
Villard: 179 pp., $30
Where does memory end and myth begin? GB Tran's graphic novel "Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey" occupies the messy middle ground of that question.
Born in 1976 in South Carolina, Tran was...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 7:04 PM
Director Michel Leclerc and his co-writer Baya Kasmi illuminate the ethnic, racial and religious issues that have beset France from World War II to the present -- through, surprisingly, the unfolding of a classic romantic comedy plot. "Le Nom des Gens"...
| Aug 26, 2012
In 1993, Lois Lowry published "The Giver," a young adult novel about a dystopian culture in which conformity is the standard and Sameness is a social goal. By then, Lowry was already a well-known writer for young readers: Her first book, "A Summer to Die,...
| Nov 13, 2011
In her solo show "The Night Watcher," Charlayne Woodard talks for nearly two hours, sharing stories about her heartfelt relationships with other people's children.
In "Vigil," Morris Panych's 1995 dark comedy, Olympia Dukakis utters but 12 lines during...
| Mar 27, 2011
Between Shades of Gray
Philomel: 344 pp., $17.99, ages 12 and up
In young adult books about World War II, the Holocaust dominates. But there are lesser-known atrocities that also took place, including during the Soviet...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 4:39 AM
Last weekend was the last semi-official gasp of summer, the last weekend Hollywood rolled out movies that they expected to doing business. And since “Fright Night” and “Conan” bombed, we see the foolishness in that strategy. This...
| Aug 25, 2011
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The Playwrights' Round Table has announced the plays for this year's J0hn Goring Memorial One-Act Festival. The plays selected are Stephen Miller's “Forgiveness” and David Strauss' stage adaptation of science-fiction writer and Hugo nominee...
| Aug 26, 2011
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Hitler comparison: Santa Ana city councilwoman apologizes for comments she made at a meeting a day in which she compared a downtown property owner to Hitler....
| Sep 1, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Labor Day weekend is traditionally slow for the movie business. As a result, three new films -- "The Debt," "Apollo 18" and "Shark Night 3D" -- are only expected to take in a modest number of ticket sales at the box office....
| Sep 6, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra, 43, died Sunday after sustaining injuries in a cycle accident. The executive architect for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial says there are no plans to change a controversial inscription on the memorial's statue....