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Joan Didion

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  • 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...
  • Jacket Copy

    Shiver me timbers R.L. Stine, author of the beloved "Goosebumps" series of creepy, crawly stories, is heading to "HorrorLand." The ghoulish theme park will be the springboard for 12 new tales, with Scholastic Books planning to release the first two...
  • 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...
  • The Gen X poster boy's endless ennui

    In his 1985 breakout novel, "Less Than Zero," Bret Easton Ellis, then all of 21 years old, created young, jaded Angelenos who just didn't care about anything: They recounted cocaine scores and semi-anonymous sex in the same tone with which they lamented...
  • 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...
  • 'Two Marriages: Novellas' by Phillip Lopate

    'Two Marriages: Novellas' by Phillip Lopate
    Two Marriages Novellas Phillip Lopate Other Press: 272 pp., $24.95 THE publication of new fictions -- the first in more than 20 years -- by one of our most reliable men of letters is an occasion worth marking and measuring. Phillip Lopate is best...
  • Marcia & Lorenzo are real cool geezers

    Marcia  &   Lorenzo are real cool geezers
    WHEN was the last time you heard anyone get excited about a new film critic? That was my reaction when "Michael Clayton" director Tony Gilroy began raving to me about the review he'd seen on YouTube. "It was terrific," he said. "I sent it to George...
  • Chelsea's rant control

    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...
  • The last true conservative

    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...