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  • Salinger, Pynchon & Co.: When writers are recluses

    They wait like pilgrims, queuing silently, bearing volumes for inscription and awaiting a chance to touch the hem of his garment. They're not Franciscans approaching Assisi but earnest readers rushing bookstores and cultural temples for word -- wisdom,...
  • 'Rebirth of a Nation' by Jackson Lears

    'Rebirth of a Nation' by Jackson Lears
    Jackson Lears is a formidable, compellingly original cultural and intellectual historian. In "No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920," Lears skillfully delineated the role of aesthetic radicals -- notably...
  • When famous writers feud

    When famous writers feud
    Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald are not the only literary friends to see their relationship go cold. Indeed, the history of literature is a history of betrayals, of writers turning on each other and collaborations falling apart. Below, we give...
  • Waiting for death, alone and unafraid

    Waiting for death, alone and unafraid
    The silence of night never lasts long. It ends somewhere in the 5 o'clock hour with the purring of the heater and distant strains of Sam Cooke. Edwin Shneidman looks at the clock -- an hour and a half since turning off the TV and closing his eyes. "Mrs....
  • On Theater: Golden West unveils next season

    Comedy, tragedy, drama and music — these four basic elements of the theater all will be explored, in that order, by Golden West College during its 2010-11 season. The Huntington Beach college will be leading off with "Don't Dress for Dinner,"...
  • 'The Whale' by Philip Hoare

    'The Whale' by Philip Hoare
    Philip Hoare is best known for his biography of Noel Coward, but he turns his attention to a much grimmer subject than the follies of "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" in "The Whale," an eminently readable chronicle of the tragic interaction between humans and...
  • Fantasy Xmas shopping for book lovers: Christie's droolworthy auction

     
    Looking for just the right gifts for the book lovers in your life? Today, in two auctions, Christie's is auctioning some rare and stunning literary artifacts. Cormac McCarthy's typewriter is only the beginning; there are first editions and letters and.......
  • Cormac McCarthy's $254,500 typewriter

     
    Cormac McCarthy's typewriter sold at auction today for 254,500 bones, more than 12 times the estimated cost of $15,000-$20,000. And the thing barely works! Functionality isn't the point, of course: Provenance is. It's notable that McCarthy has written all...
  • Literary T-shirts: a spring roundup

     
    Snappy "Mad Men"-style suits and dresses aside, the T-shirt remains a wardrobe staple. And literary T-shirts are as interesting as just about any out there. For example, above we see two competing possible designs based on George Orwell's "1984" from........
  • Festival of Books: Author Victor LaValle

     
    Although Victor LaValle used to duck the limelight, he's had a pretty public profile lately -- not only can you see his living-room renovation in the N.Y. Times, but he'll also be at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on......
  • Giant whale fossil found in desert in Peru

     
    Upon catching glimpse of the whale skull's giant teeth, the researchers at first thought they had come across elephant tusks....