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  • Word power

    Word power
    Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a fundamental role in defining a country's culture and its discourse.
  • Music review: Georg Friedrich Haas' Green Umbrella premiere

    Mark Swed review the U.S. premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas' mind-bending “chants oubliés,” It was part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Ensemble's first Green Umbrella program of the season.

    Oscar shorts: Pixar takes on new poetic tone with ‘La Luna’

    Pixar's film in the Oscar race for best animated short, "La Luna," is the animation studio's longest theatrical short to date.

    LéaLA celebrates Spanish-language books this weekend

    This weekend is the second annual LeaLA, a celebration of Spanish-language literature connected to the famed Guadalajara Book Festival.

    In "Couch," they bear a mysterious load

    In "Couch," they bear a mysterious load
    Like F. Scott Fitzgerald's " The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Donald Antrim's seamless absurdities, Italo Calvino's "The Baron in the Trees" or David Lynch's "The Straight Story," Benjamin Parzybok's debut novel, "Couch" (Small Beer Press 280 pp.,...