| Aug 29, 2011
Joan Didion, Common, Colson Whitehead, David M. Kennedy, Alexandra Fuller Karl Marlantes and Jonathan Lethem will appear at ALOUD this fall....
| Sep 6, 2011
Singer and composer Gabriel Kahane taps L.A. filmmaker Lewis Klahr for "L.A." music video. Gabriel Kahane's sophomore album, "Where Are the Arms," will be released Sept. 13....
| Sep 30, 2011
The first object you see in “California Design 1930-1965: ‘Living in a Modern Way,’” which opens Saturday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is an impossibly shiny aluminum Airstream trailer from 1936. Think of it as an...
| Dec 3, 2006
NOIR is the indigenous Los Angeles form: It was created here, it grew up here and from here it spread, not only as a genre but as a way of looking at life, character and fate. As a framing lens, it's now so powerful that it seems not only to be a strategy...
| May 6, 2009
Some years ago, when they still lived in Malibu, the late John Gregory Dunne and his wife, Joan Didion, entertained a prominent magazine journalist and author at dinner. It was December and, afterward, they invited their guest to accompany them to their...
| Oct 1, 2010
| 4:11 PM
"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...
| Jun 5, 2010
| 8:27 AM
"A Visit From The Goon Squad"
By Jennifer Egan
Knopf, 288 pages, $25.95
Jennifer Egan's decision to render portions of her new novel, "A Visit From the Goon Squad" (Knopf), as a PowerPoint presentation is: Clever. Edgy. Groundbreaking.
The novel by...
| Nov 14, 2010
I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections
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...
| Nov 13, 2010
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...
| Aug 2, 2009
"Inherent Vice" is Thomas Pynchon doing Raymond Chandler through a Jim Rockford looking glass, starring Cheech Marin (or maybe Tommy Chong). What could easily be mistaken as a paean to 1960s Southern California is also a sly herald of that era's end....
| Sep 18, 2009
In the prologue to "Nothing Was the Same," Kay Redfield Jamison writes, "It has been said that grief is a kind of madness. I disagree. There is a sanity to grief, in its just proportion of emotion to cause, that madness does not have."