| 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-...
| 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...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 8:00 AM
A few months before Michelle Grabner presided over the final details of the prestigious 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art here, a white Buick LeSabre plowed into the side of her small art gallery in Oak Park. This was back in the...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 8:56 AM
If you live in Laguna Beach for any length of time, you start to take art for granted.
Everywhere you walk, there is art. Every weekend, there is some new exhibit. The byproduct of all this art is a certain amount of complacency.
That's not good if...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 11:30 AM
You're invited to a party. It's going to be fun, because it's being thrown by writer Chad Harbach, an editor of the literary magazine n+1, where he has been lightheartedly provocative. You're excited, because "MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American...
| Feb 21, 2014
This is an ambitious work about an enduring ambition — "The Dream of the Great American Novel." As Lawrence Buell's title suggests, there's something both wide-eyed and not-quite-actual about the idea of the G.A.N., an abbreviation first coined by...
| May 21, 2014
| 4:50 PM
On college campuses all over the country, the classes of 2014 have distinguished themselves like none before — mainly by chasing away their commencement speakers. Students at Smith College scared off Christine Lagarde, the first female managing...
| Jul 12, 2012
Is spoken word poetry not literature? That's what, of all people, Henry Rollins seemed to say at an event in LA Wednesday night....
| Dec 16, 2011
| 2:58 PM
As 2011 comes to a close, we take a minute to reflect on the year's best in the world of publishing. Here is the list of our favorites, all published this year:
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
This gorgeous novel portrays the whirlwind...
| Aug 3, 2011
| 3:58 PM
Ethan Phillip Weibman went to the Maryland SPCA, and from the dozens of cats, police say, he chose a short-haired one named Lucy to adopt.
He returned to the shelter two days later with the cat — dead, according to authorities. And, they said, he...