| May 1, 2014
| 12:00 PM
"When I was 25 years old, I looked at my bookshelf and it was all men," says Rivka Galchen. "All of my favorite books were by men and had male narrators."
Galchen, author of the novel "Atmospheric Disturbances," is now 38 and speaking by phone from...
| Jan 17, 2014
Diane Johnson's sometimes delightful new memoir, "Flyover Lives," gets off to a start as rocky as an Illinois farm field uncleared of glacial debris.
First, the title: Though people who live on the East or West Coasts of the United States might refer to...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 3:58 PM
In a statement released Monday, the estate of David Foster Wallace came out against the movie "The End of the Tour," currently in production. The film stars Jason Segel as Wallace on a road trip with reporter David Lipsky, played by Jesse Eisenberg....
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:07 AM
Authorized biopics are rarely the most juicy or revealing films. But what happens in the opposite instance, when the family of your subject actively doesn't want a movie and is willing and eager to share that sentiment with the world?
| Apr 10, 2014
| 12:46 PM
The fantasy of being a writer appeals to so many of us: sitting in a book-lined study crafting perfectly wrought sentences, which an illustrious publisher swiftly transforms into a bestselling book and an indelible literary legacy.
Missing from that...
| Apr 11, 2014
In his new biography, "Updike," Adam Begley examines John Updike's life and work from childhood to Harvard, his stint at The New Yorker to his newfound notoriety after the publication of his racy 1968 novel, "Couples." Begley follows Updike through two...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 4:00 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — To get to one of the spiritual centers of San Francisco — a perfect microcosm of the city of evergreen revolutions — turn left after the high-rising office buildings downtown, saunter past Francis Ford Coppola's emerald-...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Los Angeles-based bookish tech startup Small Demons will close its doors Nov. 25, it has told publishers, unless a last-minute buyer is found. The U.K.'s Bookseller reports Small Demons had been in negotiations with an international buyer, but those talks...
| Nov 10, 2013
David Foster Wallace was no fan of cities. He used to complain to friends that they left him riled up. Being in New York City, he once wrote to the then-fiction editor of Playboy, Alice Turner, “My whole nervous system seems to be on the outside...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 8:39 AM
The 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York will feature a roster of 103 names from around the country, organizers announced on Thursday. Several prominent artists from Los Angeles are on the list, including Karl Haendel, John Mason, Laura Owens and the late...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 7:46 AM
An inquiry came over the transom yesterday from a reader who cringed at an American Idol contestant's use of "me and my mom" and "me and my sister," which the writer said was "like fingernails on a chalk board."
My standard reply is that I have my hands...