| Apr 11, 2010
| 4:33 PM
This is a longer version of my Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar cover story on "Inception," the most ambitious film to date from director Christopher Nolan. Most of the interviews in the story were conducted last year on the set......
| Oct 8, 2010
| 9:05 AM
As the Chicago Marathon is upon us, I find myself thinking of places where books and running-- two major aspects of my life-- overlap.
Initially, these two great loves of mine didn't intersect much at all. While running did clear my head and put me in...
| Apr 4, 2010
1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95)
2. Little Bee by Chris Cleave ($14)
3. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick ($14.95)
4. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann ($15)
5. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See ($15)
6. The Last...
| Mar 7, 2010
Translated from the Japanese
by Deborah Boehm
Grove Press: 468 pp., $26
When Kenzaburo Oe won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1994, he made a startling claim: Henceforth, he would abandon the autobiographical...
| Jul 4, 2010
This summer, as you're taking that long road trip or lying out on the surface of your choice — sandy beach, hammock, lounge chair — you can keep up on your reading without ever cracking open a book. Let your ears do the work in the heat.
| Feb 7, 2010
Boasting posh restaurants, luxury boutiques and a flock of millionaires who indulge in them, Moscow is considered one of the most expensive cities on the planet. Just take a walk through the rows of tinted Range Rovers and Bentleys parked behind the...
| Nov 21, 2010
Luka and the Fire of Life
Random House: 224 pp., $25
Once upon a time, in a literary galaxy in the distant past (say, the 1990s), before Harry the boy-wizard had expecto-ed his patronum and vanquished He Who Must Not Be Named...
| Feb 8, 2010
"Best European Fiction 2010"
Edited by Aleksandar Hemon
Dalkey Archive, $15.95, 416 pages
Rejection of Eurocentrism, the tendency to regard Europe as our exclusive source and standard, is fundamental to the multiculturalist passion that swept the...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 10:27 AM
Earthquakes are the expression of a living planet, the earth's way of re-inventing itself. But while this knowledge may be consoling in the abstract, it's not very useful in the face of a catastrophe such as the quake and tsunami in Japan. At these times,...
| Oct 23, 2011
Haruki Murakami, translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel
Alfred A. Knopf: 926 pp., $30.50
Here's an unorthodox suggestion: Try to read Haruki Murakami's "1Q84" in as close to a single sitting as you can. It won't be...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 3:17 PM
Here's an unorthodox suggestion: Try to read Haruki Murakami's "1Q84" in as close to a single sitting as you can. It won't be easy — the novel clocks in at 926 pages and is often densely allusive, if readable throughout.
Still, there's something...