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  • Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino's favorite writers: Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace

     
    L.A.-based Best Coast, the garage-pop project of Bethany Cosentino, has been one of this summer's hottest indie breakouts thanks to Cosentino's bracing guitars and hook-hoisting melodies -- if not her lyrics. "She's not exactly the Randy Newman of the...
  • The unfortunate spread of James Frey

     
    On Saturday, the French Consulate, with assistance from UCLA's department of French and Francophone studies, presented a day of literature from France and Los Angeles. The events, which were either in English or in French with English translation, were...
  • James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave to star in 'Driving Miss Daisy' on Broadway

     
    Putting the stars and the vehicle in "star vehicle," actors James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave are set to perform in a Broadway production of "Driving Miss Daisy," scheduled to open Oct. 25 at the John Golden Theatre. The production,......
  • Janet Fitch's 10 rules for writers

     
    Janet Fitch is the author of "White Oleander" and "Paint it Black," and she teaches writing at USC. It seems like every time I run into her at a reading, she introduces one or two or more of her students......
  • Bret Easton Ellis talks about his novels and the films they spawned

     
    There was a big turnout Sunday afternoon at the Festival of Books session featuring Bret Easton Ellis in conversation with music journalist Erik Himmelsbach. Ellis’ seventh novel, “Imperial Bedrooms,” will be published later this year — the...
  • "How Did You Get This Number" by Sloane Crosley

    "How Did You Get This Number" by Sloane Crosley
    "How Did You Get This Number" By Sloane Crosley Riverhead, $25.95, 274 pages Whether she likes it or not, Sloane Crosley keeps being compared to Carrie Bradshaw. Oregon Live called her book “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” “a cooler...
  • Book review: 'The Long Goodbye' by Meghan O'Rourke

    Book review: 'The Long Goodbye' by Meghan O'Rourke
    To face death without the architecture of belief may be devastating, but when endured by gifted writers, it results in a potent genre: the memoir of loss. There was Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking," about the death of her husband, which won...
  • Book review: 'I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections' by Nora Ephron

    Book review: 'I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections' by Nora Ephron
    I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections Nora Ephron Alfred A. Knopf: 142 pp., $22.95 It's good to be Nora Ephron. When you're Nora Ephron, you can get Meryl Streep, who once played a fictionalized version of you, to star as Julia Child in your...
  • Best Coast plays in the sand of a new California sound

    Best Coast plays in the sand of a new California sound
    Bethany Cosentino, the frontwoman of the Los Angeles three-piece Best Coast, didn't know how much she loved California until she moved to New York. In 2008, she enrolled in the writing program at the New School in Manhattan to follow her dream of becoming...
  • Book review: 'The Breaking of Eggs' by Jim Powell

    Book review: 'The Breaking of Eggs' by Jim Powell
    The Breaking of Eggs A Novel Jim Powell Penguin: 342 pp., $15 paper In his debut novel, "The Breaking of Eggs," British writer Jim Powell surveys an impressive breadth of time — and trains his focus on a small slice. The book's historical...
  • Book review: 'Knowing Jesse' by Marianne Leone

    Book review: 'Knowing Jesse' by Marianne Leone
    During the all-too-brief life of their physically disabled son, Jesse, who died in his sleep five years ago at the age of 17, the actors Marianne Leone (who played the mother of actor Michael Imperioli on HBO's "The Sopranos") and Chris Cooper (an Academy...