| May 3, 2009
Rhyming Life & Death
Amos Oz, translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 118 pp., $23
Through his fiction and nonfiction the Israeli Amos Oz has been the witty and melancholy recorder of his country's...
| Jan 24, 2010
The Golden Calf
Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov
Translated from the Russian
by Konstantin Gurevich
and Helen Anderson
Open Letter: 336 pp., $15.95 paper
From 1928 to 1932, the Soviet Union carried out the first Five Year Plan, initiated the...
| Mar 17, 2009
Lizz Winstead is on a roll. "I heard Pat Buchanan saying that one of the reasons John McCain lost the election was that Sarah Palin was too pretty. Uh, clearly it was her jarring beauty that cost the Republicans the White House. No doubt people said,...
| Jan 3, 2010
Don DeLillo's "White Noise" (Penguin: 336 pp., $16 paper), newly reissued in a 25th anniversary edition with superb jacket art by Michael Cho, is many different types of novel: a campus novel; the soap opera of a hilariously dysfunctional family; a...
| Jan 17, 2010
There are operas whose scores are hummable and whose tunes have worked their way into popular culture. And then there are operas that resist any sort of easy packaging -- operas that are, for lack of a better phrase, musical oddballs.
Robert Kurka's "The...
| Oct 7, 2010
| 7:16 PM
When Thomas Edison electrified America in 1882, he hardly could have known the benefits his invention would have for mankind. And, as it turned out, womankind.
South Coast Repertory is presenting an exhilarating example of the latter achievement with...
| Oct 14, 2010
| 9:34 AM
From the blog Michael Sragow Gets Reel:
It hasn't been a great era for haunted-house movies. The third version of "House of Wax," in 2005, was awful enough to kill off the form, at least as far as big American studios were concerned. The day my review...
| Oct 21, 2010
| 9:26 AM
'Bad Touch' and'The Deep End': A double bill of improv. In "Bad Touch," Annoyance ensemble members Rich Sohn and Rebecca Sohn and featured guests explore unsavory topics; "The Deep End" features a rotating cast of Annoyance veterans, teachers and...
| Feb 28, 2010
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 296 pp., $25
According to Santa Fe Institute economist Samuel Bowles, roughly one out of every four Americans is now employed guarding the wealth of the rich. This "guard labor" is loosely defined...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 2:01 PM
Rod Blagojevich isn't afraid to use his signature line.
Illinois' former governor, whose secretly recorded comment that his power to appoint a U.S. senator was "(expletive) golden" became the catchphrase of his first corruption trial last year,...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Perhaps you saw the report on Drudge about "closet-gate," which broke this weekend, in which staffers for Vice President Joe Biden constrained a Florida journalist to closet during a fundraiser at a wealthy developer's house.
But what you haven't...