| Aug 29, 2010
Drinking at the Movies
A Graphic Memoir
Three Rivers Press: 192 pp., $15 paper
"On the day I turned twenty-five," Julia Wertz tells us at the beginning of "Drinking at the Movies," her charming graphic memoir, "I came to consciousness at 3...
| Oct 17, 2010
What is it, Gay Talese is asking, about sports? It occupies a messy, emotional territory in which we embrace, and, just as easily, discard, heroes. "It's not just losing the game," Talese reflects, voice etched with the soft syllables of southern New...
| Sep 30, 2010
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Black Mask, the great pulp fiction magazine, was launched by H.L. Mencken in 1920 but really started to come into its own some six or seven years later under the editorship of Joseph T. Shaw, who would in time publish almost the entire pantheon of classic...
| Aug 29, 2010
Reporting from Maui —
We've been batting our way through W.S. Merwin's yard for a couple hours, swatting mosquitoes in the streambed under the dark wet canopy of towering, philodendron-draped mangoes and looking at some 700 species of palm trees,...
| Nov 9, 2010
Reporting from San Francisco —
The house that "Tales of the City" bought sits on the slope of a small hill not far from Golden Gate Park, tucked between Haight-Ashbury and the Sunset. It's behind a gate, up a flight of outdoor stairs, greenery lush...
| Nov 8, 2010
Who doesn't love Steve McQueen?
Three decades after his death, McQueen still embodies qualities — effortless cool, dangerous masculinity, edgy charisma — that are coveted by men, embraced by women.
With his close-cropped sandy blond hair and...
| Aug 24, 2010
Huntington, Getty, Simon, Hammer, Crocker, Menil, Wadsworth, Phillips, Frick, Morgan, Whitney, Guggenheim, etc. — the list of super-rich Americans who, since the mid-19th century, have established museums or galleries to house their personal art...
| Sep 26, 2010
The Lucky Ones
One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 288 pp., $26.
American history is a far bumpier ride than it used to be in the good old days. Mae Ngai is far more interested in the...
| Aug 24, 2010
The news that New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has finally, officially been named architect of the new Broad Collection museum in downtown Los Angeles proves a couple of things quite clearly. One is that in a design competition as constrained and...
| Oct 3, 2010
The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad
Walter R. Borneman
Random House: 408 pp., $28
When the Union Pacific and Central Pacific joined rails on May 10, 1869, it was celebrated as the completion of America's first...
| Sep 12, 2010
Fall, 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...