| Jan 28, 2009
John Updike, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction whose novels and short stories exposed an undercurrent of ambivalence and disappointment in small-town, middle-class America, died Tuesday. He was 76.
Updike's death from lung cancer was...
| Dec 9, 2007
Two authors respond to Times' staff writer David Sarno's questions about the e-book reader Kindle (original story here)
Many thanks for having me in mind. Your question is undoubtedly the question of the early 21st century (aside from war and peace), and...
| Dec 22, 2009
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In 1999, the L.A. Times asked dozens of writers to look back at the prior century and share books they considered lost treasures -- books they loved that had slipped out of sight. Although the authors were formidable -- including......
| Dec 7, 2008
All of It Singing
New and Selected Poems
By Linda Gregg
Though these poems -- influenced by the poet's years in Greece -- find Gregg alone in a landscape deserted by a man, she isn't despairing but contemplative, wry, amused.
| Apr 19, 2008
By Art Winslow
In an appreciation of Henry James written in 1905, his fellow novelist and acquaintance Joseph Conrad maintained that the writing of fiction was "rescue work, this snatching of vanishing phrases of turbulence, disguised in fair words, out...
| Oct 9, 2009
Last week, a video went up on YouTube that shows the only motion picture images ever taken of Anne Frank. It's just a quick glimpse, a few seconds of film.
A newlywed couple leaves an Amsterdam apartment building. People hover on the sidewalk, watching...
| Dec 9, 2007
Something there is that doesn't love an e-book.
Take Amazon's new Kindle, this season's much-hyped new electronic reading device that allows you to instantly, wirelessly download any of 90,000 titles from the online retailer's database. Despite its $$399...
| Nov 15, 2009
Changing My Mind
The Penguin Press: 306 pp., $26.95
Reviewing Zadie Smith's 2001 debut, "White Teeth," the critic James Wood lumped the blazing hot young British writer with no less than Salman Rushdie, David Foster...
| Jun 28, 2009
"The world which is being pictured by the story writers of today . . . is, by and large, and vividly, this day's, this troubled minute's, world." So Wilbur Daniel Steele wrote in the introduction to the 1943 edition of "The O. Henry Prize Stories."...