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  • High-minded lowdown

    In the long and often embarrassing history of intellectuals' attempts to grapple with pop culture, there are, at least, a few high points. One of them is the work of the late Leslie Fiedler, the garrulous and provocative critic of literature who could...
  • Celebrating the genius of 'Huckleberry Finn'

    Celebrating the genius of 'Huckleberry Finn'
    Mark Twain was not quite 50 when he published "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in February 1885, and in so doing, changed American literature. Until then, many of our writers had flirted with vernacular expression, most notably Thomas Paine, whose...
  • Book Review: 'The Eyes of Willie McGee' by Alex Heard

    Book Review: 'The Eyes of Willie McGee' by Alex Heard
    The Eyes of Willie McGee A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South Alex Heard Harper: 404 pp., $26.99 In Jim Crow's dark closet, countless skeletons lie moldering and forgotten. For every "cold case" prosecution that brings a doddering...
  • Book review: 'Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim' collected by Mark Cohen

    Book review: 'Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim' collected by Mark Cohen
    Missing a Beat The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim Edited and with an introduction by Mark Cohen Syracuse University Press: 296 pp., $29.95 We hear a disproportionate amount from the writers who "made it." The ones who hustled, stroked the right...
  • When it paid to photograph hard truth

    When it paid to photograph hard truth
    < The 10 photographers in "Engaged Observers," opening June 29 at the Getty Museum, are at once storytellers, witnesses, advocates for justice, investigative journalists, consciousness raisers, evidence gatherers and educators. They're also something...
  • 'The Room and the Chair' by Lorraine Adams

    'The Room and the Chair' by Lorraine Adams
    The Room and the Chair A Novel Lorraine Adams Alfred A. Knopf: 316 pp., $25.95 Lorraine Adams is a singular and important American writer. "The Room and the Chair" establishes this without question: It is remarkable for its ambitions and its...
  • 'The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps' by William Styron

    'The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps' by William Styron
    The Suicide Run Five Tales of the Marine Corps William Styron Random House: 198 pp., $24 The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
  • Check It Out: Celebrating holiday season with the memoir

    Merriam-Webster defines memoir as a "narrative composed from personal experience." It may encompass the entirety of a person's life, or only a portion of it. This sets it apart from a traditional autobiography, which is usually a chronological account...
  • "Stet: An Editor's Life" by Diana Athill

    "Stet: An Editor's Life" by Diana Athill
    "Stet: An Editor's Life" By Diana Athill Grove Press, 256 pages, $13 When people you respect - and like - recommend a book, don't delay, lest you find yourself full of reproach for missing it. That's how I now find myself about this memoir, which came...
  • 'Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture' and the questionable future of monster-size books

     
    When 'The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architectureâ?? came out in 2004, it was quickly deemed a smashing success by booksellers and fans alike, despite the $160 price. The 14-pound tome was so successful, in fact, that late last year Phaidon...
  • Eleanor Roosevelt

     
    Photograph by Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times July 10, 1960: Eleanor Roosevelt refuses to ride in a limousine to a reception, preferring to walk half a mile with reporters. The absence of former President Harry Truman underscored the Democrats’ break...