| Sep 16, 2010
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...
| Sep 15, 2010
| 4:11 PM
Tom Wolfe is one of the reasons I got into journalism and, really, into writing in general.
His pieces mixed facts and traditional reporting with striking personal accounts and interesting literary techniques in way that appeased both my type-A...
| 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...
| Jan 31, 2010
Brian Moore was born in Northern Ireland, immigrated to Canada and spent much of his life living here in California, in Malibu. He wrote scripts, short stories and a string of novels, many of which, like "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne," "Black Robe"...
| Feb 7, 2010
It's the night after New Year's Eve and hundreds of kids are crammed into the Smell, the downtown DIY tabernacle of the Los Angeles avant-garde. A sweating mass of art students, skate punks and subterranean scene staples ecstatically moshes to a...
| Feb 21, 2010
The Room and the Chair
Alfred A. Knopf: 316 pp., $25.95
Lorraine Adams is a singular and important American writer. "The Room and the Chair" establishes this without question: It is remarkable for its ambitions and its...
| Jul 11, 2009
I made the acquaintance of Kevin Starr's books long before I made the acquaintance of Kevin Starr. "Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963," the eighth volume in his serial love letter to California, is arriving in bookstores this...
| Jan 23, 2010
On the new song âSanta Ana Winds,â Nathan Willett of the Long Beach band Cold War Kids invokes another artist fond of bare, venomous depictions of Southern California. âIn between is a basin like the great divide, where the 110......