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  • Christopher Hitchens dies at 62; engaging, enraging author and essayist

    Christopher Hitchens dies at 62; engaging, enraging author and essayist
    Christopher Hitchens, the engaging and enraging British-American author and essayist whose polemical writings on religion, politics, war and other provocations established him as one of his generation's most robust public intellectuals, has died. He was 62.
  • "Muriel Spark: The Biography" by Martin Stannard

    "Muriel Spark: The Biography" by Martin Stannard
    "Muriel Spark: The Biography" By Martin Stannard W.W. Norton. 656 pages. $35 By nearly any measure Muriel Spark was a major 20th-century writer -- of longer fiction (twenty two novels); short fiction (sixty+ stories, published and republished in six...

    Monster Mash: 'Rent'-heads rejoice; music man Anthony Hopkins; Michael Maltzan's big moment

     
    Broadway hit "Rent" will return off Broadway; Anthony Hopkins tests the musical waters; architect Michael Maltzan may have his big moment

    Remembering Owsley "Bear" Stanley (1935-2011) [Audio]

     
    The obituary for Owsley "Bear" Stanley ran in the news pages of the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, but it spiritually inhabits the music section. Though he never received the cult of his contemporary, Timothy Leary, the eccentric Stanley did...

    Monster Mash: Louvre, Leonardo; Meryl Streep, women's museum

     
    The Louvre Museum in Paris is facing accusations that it overcleaned a painting by Leonardo da Vinci -- "The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne." Meryl Streep talks about her effort to help establish a women's history museum.