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  • Book Review: 'Millennium People' by J.G. Ballard

    Book Review: 'Millennium People' by J.G. Ballard
    When J.G. Ballard died in April 2009, he left behind a body of work dominated by a few key ideas. First were the erotic possibilities of violence, as embodied by his 1973 novel "Crash." Equally important was his sense of suburban life as not just soul-dead but also dangerous — where beneath a surface layer of conformity we find ugliness and rage. It's easy, in an age of workplace violence and school shootings, to take such a vision for granted; what Ballard is reflecting back at us is the essence of ourselves. But when he first explored these concepts in the 1960s, it was a departure as radical in its way as any of that era.
  • From politics to poetry

    From politics to poetry
    It's tempting, looking at the fall's books, to think of this as a political season. Dick Cheney got it started with "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," and Joe McGinnis pitched in with "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin." (That...

    Book review: 'The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories' by Don DeLillo

    Book review: 'The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories' by Don DeLillo
    It's impossible not to get a sense of déjà vu reading "The Angel Esmeralda," the first book of short stories in Don DeLillo's 40-year career. The themes here are echoes — of one another, yes, but even more, of the issues that have defined DeLillo'...

    5 books that will make you feel fall

    5 books that will make you feel fall
    Wednesday marked the autumnal equinox - meaning that it is now officially fall. Despite the recent schizophrenic weather, there have been some signs that autumn is upon us: The start of the school year, the color changing leaves and the return of the...

    Dana Spiotta writes firmly in the moment

    Dana Spiotta writes firmly in the moment
    "Seventies Los Angeles is really not ever very far from my mind, for some weird reason," says author Dana Spiotta, a former Angeleno who now lives in upstate New York. "I just love '70s Los Angeles." The city plays a big part in her latest novel,...