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Joan Didion

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  • Pico Iyer on the tyranny of the moment

    Pico Iyer on the tyranny of the moment
    It was already clear, in December of 1999, that books were a dying species. Already more people seemed interested in producing novels than consuming them, and when it came to serious works, there seemed more fascination with the writer than the writing....
  • 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...
  • Tom Wolfe to receive the National Book Foundation's highest honor

    Tom Wolfe to receive the National Book Foundation's highest honor
    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...
  • Live Review: Cold War Kids at the Wiltern

     
    On the new song “Santa Ana Winds,” Nathan Willett of the Long Beach band Cold War Kids invokes another artist fond of bare, venomous depictions of Southern California. “In between is a basin like the great divide, where the 110......
  • Cover Story: Queens of the Lo-Fi Age, L.A.'s emerging female-powered rock scene

     
    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...
  • The literary and literal allure of jasmine

     
    This weekend I noticed the first jasmine flowers bursting out of their slender pink buds and was reminded of how I wound up in Southern California. It was a passage in Joan Didion's 1967 essay "Goodbye to All That" that convinced me to move to Los Angeles...
  • LATFOB: author and editor Stephen Elliott

     
    The L.A. Times festival of books is coming up on April 24-25. As a preview, Jacket Copy is talking to some of the authors who will be there. This week, we heard from biographer Carol Sklenicka, fictioneer Aimee Bender and......
  • Festival of Books: Comedian and author Julie Klausner

     
    As a preview for the L.A. Times Festival of Books, coming April 24-25, Jacket Copy is talking to some of the authors you can see there. Comedian and author Julie Klausner -- seen on TV on "Best Week Ever," on......
  • Festival of Books: author Janelle Brown

     
    Gracious and funny author Janelle Brown will be at the L.A. Times Festival of Books this weekend. The L.A.-based novelist will be talking about her 2008 debut "All We Ever Want is Everything" and the upcoming "This Is Where We......
  • 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...