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  • Christopher Hitchens dies

    Christopher Hitchens dies
    Christopher Hitchens, the author and Vanity Fair essayist, has died at age 62. Erik Wemple's blog in the Washington Post strings together some memorable tributes to Hitchens, whose writing talents were equalled by his ability to drink others under the...
  • History of UCI commune to be displayed

    History of UCI commune to be displayed
    UC Irvine — The year was 1968. The Age of Aquarius was in full swing. The Tet offensive was pushing forward. And, Joan Didion's "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" was published. It was amid this period of cultural and political upheaval that UCI ,...
  • Beautifully packaged reads

    Beautifully packaged reads
    Abuse, betrayal, addiction and grief form the base for memoirs these days — even beautiful ones like Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. But Swim: Why We Love the Water, by pioneering TV news correspondent Lynn Sherr, breaks from the...
  • Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad': prose, punk rock and PowerPoint

    Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad': prose, punk rock and PowerPoint
    "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...
  • 'Girls Like Us' links lives of 3 singers

    Sisterhood—in the family and body politic—can be a beautiful abstraction and a real pain in the neck. It's an evanescent ideal that sometimes takes shape in historic movements. And it's the cosmic force behind Sheila Weller as she tries to...
  • Musings on fire, in word and song

    When the hills of Los Angeles are burning Palm trees are candles in the murder wind So many lives are on the breeze Even the stars are ill at ease And Los Angeles is burning. -- Bad Religion "Los Angeles Is Burning" (2004) Fire in Malibu has a...
  • Banned Books Week a thorny issue

    Banned Books Week a thorny issue
    I'm ambivalent about Banned Books Week, which runs through Saturday. On the one hand, we clearly still need such a public affirmation, as the recent tumult over Sarah Palin and her "rhetorical" inquiries to the Wasilla, Alaska, public library show. On...
  • John Leonard dies at 69; erudite critic was early champion of Toni Morrison and other writers

    Literary and cultural critic John Leonard, an early champion of Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and many other authors, and so consumed and so informed by books that Kurt Vonnegut once praised him as "the smartest man who ever lived," has died. He...
  • William Emerson dies at 86; Newsweek journalist covered the South

    William A. Emerson Jr., who covered civil rights flash points as part of a cadre of gutsy Southern reporters and later served as editor in chief of the Saturday Evening Post, has died. He was 86. Emerson, whose health had declined after a stroke, died...
  • California, Golden State of constant crisis

    California, Golden State of constant crisis
    California, the media like to tell us, faces an unprecedented fiscal crisis. The budget deficit is $40 billion and growing. The state is so short of cash that, within days, it may issue IOUs, rather than checks, to pay its bills. The Legislature, bitterly...
  • 'The Spare Room,' by Helen Garner

    The Spare Room A Novel Helen Garner Henry Holt: 192 pp., $22 When a friend shares that she has late-stage cancer, compassion is easy to come by. We feel the shock of the diagnosis. We grieve for what may be ahead. We jump into action, volunteering...