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  • Summer reading: Carolyn Kellogg on Norman Mailer

     
    Although the phrase "beach reads" evokes fluffy page turners, we had conversations around the office this spring that led us to think that people might have used the summer break-from-routine to sink into books that were meaningful, or lasting. What......
  • Tom Wolfe to get lifetime achievement award

     
    Time for Tom Wolfe to get his white suit dry-cleaned again, as the author will receive the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, it was announced Wednesday. The medal, which is the foundation's...
  • Author Jeff Gordinier won't let Gen-X go down without a fight

    These days, with a recession on the way, housing prices tanking, the Dow out of control and an unpopular war that won't seem to end, a lot of Americans are feeling uneasy and confused. Recent surveys show a majority think the nation is on what pollsters...
  • Prolific Joyce Carol Oates struggles to write through year of loss

    Prolific Joyce Carol Oates struggles to write through year of loss
    Since Joyce Carol Oates' first novel, With Shuddering Fall, came out in 1964, she has averaged two books a year. Many of them are novels, though she's also written plays, poetry, children's books, literary criticism, and a highly regarded sports book, On...
  • 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...
  • In The Arts

    'New Beginnings' at DeMossa Gallery Jovan Karlo Villalba's will feature his recent cinematic painting series "New Beginnings" through October 2 at DeMossa Gallery in Laguna Beach. The exhibit, which explores the natural and man-made world's...
  • He's a murderer. He should die.

    There are heartfelt moral and religious reasons to oppose capital punishment, but holding up Stanley Tookie Williams as a symbol of redemption is absurd and obscene. It is especially offensive to his victims' families, whose names the celebrities...
  • He's No Longer a Lone Voice in the Conservative Wilderness. But the Letters, Columns and Books Keep Coming.

    It's been a half century since a young firebrand named William F. Buckley Jr. burst onto the political scene with "God and Man at Yale," a scathing indictment of his liberal alma mater. By age 30, he had founded the conservative magazine National Review,...
  • The Patriotic Heresies of the One and Only Gore Vidal

    The summer of 1948, Gore Vidal found himself keeping track of Truman Capote's lies. "I don't know why," he later remarked. "As I was the only one who found them offensive, why should I have cared?" There was the Andre Gide lie, in which the maitre pressed...
  • Writers as rogues and role models

    Early in his career, an aspiring novelist faces a moment when he must decide to take his vocation seriously or else remain a dreamer, unpublished and unconsidered. Michael Mewshaw's occurred in the office of legendary Random House editor Albert Erskine....
  • Hollywood Chronicles

    The screenwriter-narrator in Ray Bradbury's new novel, a murder mystery set in Hollywood in the '50s, refers to them affectionately as the loonies, the jerks, the idiots, the goons. They're the starry-eyed autograph hounds who loitered in front of the...