| Apr 21, 2014
| 10:30 AM
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National Poetry Month is almost over, but we’d be remiss to overlook “Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems” by James Baldwin (Beacon: 94 pp., $16 paper), which collects...
| 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 25, 2014
| 10:02 AM
Los Angeles needs publishers. Certainly, there are some fine presses here — Red Hen, Prospect Park, Angel City — but the number remains small, especially for a city of this size. That’s one of the challenges embodied by Unnamed Press,...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 7:59 AM
If you’re looking for a way to commemorate William Shakespeare’s birthday — he was born 450 years ago today, on April 23, 1564 — the most interesting party may take place at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them," wrote James Baldwin in "Notes of a Native Son." Much of novelist Emma Donoghue's literary career has involved the liberation of historical figures, often women, from the constraints of the...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 7:56 PM
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Controversy of one kind or another has dogged "Porgy and Bess" since its Broadway premiere in 1935.
Just the fact that George Gershwin's first real stab at grand opera debuted on Broadway rather than the Metropolitan Opera, which had initially...
| Jun 20, 2014
The best part about working at a college is that I'm pretty much the dumbest person around.
It's not that I think I'm particularly dumb, it's just that I'm surrounded by people who know a lot of really interesting stuff.
It is simultaneously...
| Jun 6, 2014
She bought her clothes for their colors in secondhand shops — "beautiful reds and oranges, and greens and pinks, and teals and turquoise" — and wore them in happy mismatch. She danced feathers and a few sequins to Alvin Ailey's leopard print...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 9:24 AM
The rumor was that the president of the United States was going to appear at Baltimore City College on Thursday, so teacher Mark Miazga swapped his usual polo for a shirt and tie in case he got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before resuming his day of...
| 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...