| Oct 20, 2013
Earlier this month the pre-Halloween episode of “The Simpsons” opened with an elaborate three-minute segment directed by Guillermo del Toro, in which Bart joyfully skateboards up the tentacle of a gruesome, towering creature, its eight eyes...
| May 30, 2013
| 7:20 AM
Jack Vance, prolific author of science fiction, mystery and epic fantasy, died Sunday at 96, his son John told the Associated Press. He had written more than 60 books during his long life.
Vance, whose real name was John Holbrook, also published under...
| May 30, 2013
| 7:04 PM
Jack Vance, who penned his first short stories while serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine in the 1940s and became a prolific, award-winning author of elaborate works of science fiction, fantasy and mystery, has died. He was 96.
Vance died Sunday at his...
| Oct 27, 2013
Novelist Donna Tartt doesn't publish very often — her engrossing new book, “The Goldfinch,” is her first since 2002's “The Little Friend,” which itself trailed her wildly popular fictional debut, “The Secret History,&...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:12 AM
Genre mash-ups are de rigueur these days. Of course, writers like Margaret Atwood have been tight-roping the misty border between literary fiction and speculative fiction, fantasy and mystery for years. But a new outcropping of younger upstarts, such as...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 1:49 PM
For 15 years, Dave Eggers' McSweeney's publishing enterprise has helped readers discover all things cool and quirky. On Wednesday, the Harry Ransom Center, the humanities library at the University of Texas, announced that it has acquired the archive of...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 1:34 PM
Congratulations to the five Americans who appear on the first shortlist of the British Folio Prize. The shortlist, announced Monday, is eight authors long. In addition to the Americans, one Canadian and two British-born authors are on the list.
| Apr 10, 2014
| 4:56 PM
Los Angeles artist Betye Saar has won the 2014 Edward MacDowell Medal, a lifetime achievement award given by America’s oldest artists’ colony, joining an elite roster of honorees dating back to 1960.
She’ll receive her award Aug. 10 in...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 1:59 AM
Can the solution to South Florida's vexing problems be found in its most plentiful natural resource, complaining?
That is one of the motivations behind Power of Design 2014: Complaints, an inaugural four-day think tank opening Thursday at the...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 4:42 AM
The line between fantasy and fact has always been blurry for Kurt Andersen. The BarbieWorld casino in Las Vegas, the TV show of obituaries called “Finales,” the helicopter journalism on the Chopper Channel, Adam Sandler’s remake of the...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 8:02 PM
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