| Oct 24, 2010
The Wake of Forgiveness
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 310 pp., $26
Lavaca County, Texas — one moment it's a place you've never been, the next it's a place you can't forget, a place that comes to mind when you call yourself...
| May 1, 2011
The Sisters Brothers
Ecco: 336 pp., $24.99
If Cormac McCarthy had a sense of humor, he might have concocted a story like Patrick deWitt's bloody, darkly funny western "The Sisters Brothers."
It's 1851, and Eli and Charlie...
| Jan 19, 2011
When it comes to the crime-based fiction that long has played such an important role in the literary life of Los Angeles, we're living through what amounts to a golden age.
The dark ecstasies of James Ellroy, Michael Connelly's artful probing of the...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 8:35 AM
"The Sunset Limited" is drama stripped bare, with two actors in their prime tackling life's major issues. As such, it needs to be incredibly strong.
And HBO's movie, airing Saturday, Feb. 12, is.
Why are we here? Is there a God? Is life worth living?...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
One thing to know about our book club: Our book club includes nine women and four men. We like the fact that our group has members of both sexes because it brings different perspectives to our discussions.
We call ourselves the Gammy Birds, which is...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 3:43 AM
If 7 billion blood-thirsty fleas and ticks sucking on the body of an old dog have yet to kill it, then another billion isn’t exactly going to get the job done.
That old dog, however, is eventually going to go down, drained and ready for a trip...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 11:55 AM
With unemployment high, consumer confidence battered and the general outlook as grim as a Cormac McCarthy novel, Barack Obama may have virtually no chance of victory in 2012. Or so I thought until his Homeland Security chief, Janet Napolitano, offered a...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 7:50 AM
It Chooses You, by Miranda July (McSweeney's, 2011)
The filmmaker/artist/poet/fiction writer Miranda July is well-known for her movies, whose moods share a kind of charming sincerity with that of her other work. Last month, July's first attempt at...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 8:28 AM
The second-greatest mystery ever to come out of Sweden – the first being "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its novelistic siblings by the late Stieg Larsson – is the annual speculation about who will receive the Nobel Prize in literature....
| Nov 5, 2009
| 4:34 PM
Large enough to fully enclose Cyr's 5-foot-8 frame, the artist's latest project, 'Camper Kart,' is a functional, movable shelter constructed out of a shopping cart. Shaped like a Coleman camper, complete with a retractable roof and a back door, the...
| Nov 13, 2009
| 4:22 PM
Well kids, I'm Kevin Van Valkenburg, sports writer in my spare time, but Project Runway blogger at heart. And as my favorite cheesy Swedish heavy metal band, Europe, would say...It's the final countdown! (Da da da daaaaa! Da da da......