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  • It's not about the baseball

    It's not about the baseball
    To understand the relationship between Herman Melville's 19th century novel and this 21st century blockbuster, perhaps a cliché would be useful: "The Art of Fielding" is as much about baseball as "Moby-Dick" is about whaling. "Since the book came out, I'...
  • 'Elams' an entertaining bit of sibling revelry; adapting 'Moby Dick'

    'Elams' an entertaining bit of sibling revelry; adapting 'Moby Dick'
    "Dinner with the Elams" There are family music acts and family circus acts, but the family improv act is a rarity. "Dinner with the Elams" at iO Theater in Wrigleyville seeks to rectify that, and it's a helluva idea. Three Elam siblings (Erica, Brett...
  • 'Iron River' by T. Jefferson Parker

    'Iron River' by T. Jefferson Parker
    If the murderers of the gifted young El Monte educator and public official Bobby Salcedo ever are brought to justice, we're likely to find that the weapons used to kill him and five other men kidnapped from a bar in the drug-ravaged Mexican city of...
  • California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art

    California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art
    In the 2008 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, the tour de force is an animatronic sculpture by Daniel J. Martinez. It resonates in many ways. ¶ Beneath bright white fluorescent lights, Martinez has constructed a low white platform in...
  • 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,...
  • Richard Poirier dies at 83; literary critic helped found Library of America

    Richard Poirier dies at 83; literary critic helped found Library of America
    Richard Poirier, a literary critic and writer who was one of the founders of the Library of America, a monumental effort to keep American literary classics in print and accessible to the reading public, died Aug. 15 at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. He...
  • Edwin S. Shneidman dies at 91; pioneer in the field of suicide prevention

    Edwin S. Shneidman dies at 91; pioneer in the field of suicide prevention
    Edwin S. Shneidman, a pioneer in the field of suicide prevention and a prolific thinker and writer who believed that life is enriched by contemplation of death and dying, has died. He was 91. He died Friday afternoon at his home in West Los Angeles,...
  • '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...
  • Word Play: Louis Sachar's card-playing obsession

    Word Play: Louis Sachar's card-playing obsession
    Isn't it thrilling when your favorite author writes a novel about his secret passion? Louis Sachar, author of the children's classic "Holes," among many other beloved books, now brings us a novel about …playing cards. Playing bridge, to be...
  • Everybody’s under one tent as ‘Nightmare Alley’ becomes a musical

    Everybody’s under one tent as ‘Nightmare Alley’ becomes a musical
    Life is a cabaret, old chum — unless, that is, it's a carnival show. So step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and see the slick, charming salesman Stan Carlisle morph into a carny shyster, a gospel preacher, a human monster! Watch him fall in love...