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  • California and the literature of water

    California and the literature of water
    On a recent visit to New York, I found myself in a conversation with an East Coast writer about William T. Vollmann’s “Imperial” — a monumental study of water politics and Southern California’s Imperial County — when he said, “I’m so sick of you Californians and your obsession with water. When will you get over it?”
  • Literary journalism finds new platforms

    Literary journalism finds new platforms
    When National Book Award-winning novelist William T. Vollmann went to Japan this spring to report on the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant from inside the contamination zone, he did what any journalist would do. He bought a dosimeter to chart the...

    Cracker crackles with alt-rock and country grooves

    The distance between Berkeley and Bakersfield, Calif., is 276.4 miles. For David Lowery, the two places have been so influential for his band that Cracker recently stretched its new music into a two-CD set titled "Berkeley to Bakersfield." The first...

    Book calendar events for the week of March 13, 2011

    Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY 826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series: TV Writing: A series of panel discussions featuring industry professionals will cover multiple aspects of writing for television. Panelists include Emily Cutler,...

    See the new trailer for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

    See the new trailer for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
    "Catching Fire," the second book in Suzanne Collins' young adult series "The Hunger Games," was published by Scholastic in 2009. Back then, it landed on every bestseller list you might imagine, and it's poised to return when the film version arrives in...