| Sep 30, 2011
| 12:26 PM
It's tempting, looking at the fall's books, to think of this as a political season. Dick Cheney got it started with "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," and Joe McGinnis pitched in with "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin." (That...
| May 15, 2011
Say Her Name
Grove Press: 350 pp., $24
Death has taken a conspicuous place in the recent works of several writers. Joan Didion lost her husband and wrote about it, as did Joyce Carol Oates. Elizabeth McCracken lost a baby; Christopher...
| May 15, 2011
When National Book Award-winning novelist William T. Vollmann went to Japan this spring to report on the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant from inside the contamination zone, he did what any journalist would do. He bought a dosimeter to chart the...
| May 22, 2011
1974: Unhappy at summer camp, I holed up in my bunk and read Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and Bernard Malamud's "The Natural." The camp might have been awful, but the books were anything but.
1980: In June, I attended a writers conference at UC...
| May 28, 2011
— What makes Jane Fonda say "wow"? A bigger-than-capacity crowd of more than 200 booksellers waiting to hear about her latest, "Prime Time: Creating a Great Third Act," a rousing manual for aging well.
FOR THE RECORD:
| Jul 22, 2011
| 3:54 PM
In "Morning," one of Pablo Neruda's best-known love sonnets, the speaker gushes, "Naked you are blue as a night in Cuba; /You've vines and stars in your hair." In one bold image Neruda expresses his passion for both a woman and a country. Such...
| Dec 3, 2006
LINING the Strip, billboards the size of aircraft carriers herald the faces of headliners like the battle flags of nations: Elton John, Celine Dion, Toni Braxton.
But on one weekend in November, a star whom some would describe as the biggest in all of...
| Mar 18, 2007
MARK MY words: Southern California is about to suffer a major earthquake. Probably a catastrophic fire too. And certainly a real estate collapse.
How do I know this? Because the gods (or Thetans) who look down upon our patch of paradise do not appreciate...
| Jan 30, 2009
It's a lovely irony: Gertrude Baines, 114, the world's oldest person, lives in L.A., the world's most youth-obsessed city. It's like finding a vintage Ferrari in a parking lot full of Yugos.
During the 20th century, we added almost three decades to the...
| Feb 9, 2008
Maybe you were privy to an e-mail that was circulated, perhaps, by Chelsea Clinton this week. According to a post Tuesday by Emily Bazelon of the online magazine Slate, the e-mail's subject heading was "a must read ... send to every woman you know." The...
| Feb 28, 2008
By common consent, William F. Buckley Jr., who died Wednesday, was the father of modern conservatism. But he also ended up as one of the Bush administration's most trenchant critics. His death not only represents the loss of one of America's leading...
| 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...