| Aug 9, 2009
"My country is my family," writes Ricky Rice as he concludes his apologia pro vita sua -- a.k.a Victor LaValle's massive, heroically strange new novel, "Big Machine" (Spiegel & Grau: 378 pp., $25). "I like America."
There's something both dissonant and...
| Jan 25, 2009
|| Fiction || weeks on list ||
|| 1. || Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. || 27 ||
|| 2. || Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown:...
| Feb 1, 2009
Al Alvarez: "The Biggest Game in Town" (Picador)
Back in the early 1970s, Al Alvarez wrote "The Savage God," a study of suicide which contributed in no small part to the mythology that came to surround his friend, the great poet Sylvia Plath. A poet...
| Jun 12, 2008
Just as the splendor of Haruki Murakami's writing lies as much in the space between words as it does in the words themselves, the glory of fried chicken lies somewhere between the layers of succulent meat and crisp skin. Forget run-of-the-mill fast food...
| Sep 5, 2008
| 9:38 AM
You can see a new show in this singularly remarkable theater city pretty much every night between now and Thanksgiving. That's my plan, anyway. But if you prefer to be more selective, or prosaic necessities limit your cultural intake, here are 10 of the...
| 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......
| Jul 13, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Are your characters as snazzy as James Bond? Are your sentences lyrical as those in "Lolita"? Pop a few paragraphs into the website I Write Like to find out if you write like Ian Fleming or Vladimir Nabokov. You might......
| 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...
| 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...