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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,...

    Enlisting novelists to rewrite Shakespeare: A losing proposition?

    Enlisting novelists to rewrite Shakespeare: A losing proposition?
    Shakespeare’s plays will become contemporary novels, as the transatlantic Hogarth Press, an imprint of Random House, has announced it is commissioning prominent writers to adapt the Elizabethan plays.¬† So far, the Guardian reports, Anne Tyler...