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  • 'Nothing Was the Same' by Kay Redfield Jamison

    'Nothing Was the Same' by Kay Redfield Jamison
    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." Jamison should...
  • 'Inherent Vice' by Thomas Pynchon

    'Inherent Vice' by Thomas Pynchon
    "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....
  • After a decade of fear, we're connected to writing in new ways

    After a decade of fear, we're connected to writing in new ways
    This is a decade that ended much as it began: with anxiety over technology and a feeling that the world as we know it might be coming to an end. Remember? Ten years ago, we were dealing with Y2K anxiety, and even the most skeptical of us -- if we're...
  • This town is rated noir

    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...
  • 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...
  • James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave to star in 'Driving Miss Daisy' on Broadway

     
    Putting the stars and the vehicle in "star vehicle," actors James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave are set to perform in a Broadway production of "Driving Miss Daisy," scheduled to open Oct. 25 at the John Golden Theatre. The production,......
  • Ease up on the insecure boosterism, L.A.

    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...
  • Old enough to know better

    Old enough to know better
    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...
  • They conquered the 'Net in two original minutes

    They conquered the 'Net in two original minutes
    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...