| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| Jun 9, 2012
| 9:06 PM
DEL MAR, Calif. -- The annual San Diego County Fair at Del Mar Fairgrounds is dotted with popular rides. However, for the more than one million visitors to the event, the ride to get inside can be frustrating.
"It usually takes 20 minutes," said Richard...
| Jul 7, 2008
SMOG, shmog. Exercising outdoors is a way of life in Southern California, and die-hard runners, walkers, cyclists and skaters aren't going to let a brown layer of air stop them.
But maybe they should. The Southland is heading into its roughest air...
| Mar 21, 2010
Reagan Arthur Books: 320 pp., $23.99
Being obsessive, white, upper middle class and male isn't exactly the prescription for high drama these days. Not while the earth is shaking and swallowing entire cities. Not while people...
| Sep 6, 2009
Library of America: 1,020 pp., $40
When does an act of reclamation cease to be about restoration and become about something else? That's the question raised by "Collected Stories," the Library of America's new...
| Sep 3, 2008
| 5:13 PM
Landscape designer Robert Cornell just wanted to save water. When he planted drought-tolerant shrubs instead of turf grass on a little belt of land between the sidewalk and the street, he hardly expected the brouhaha that followed.
The landmark garden on...
| Feb 15, 2009
Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry
Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 136 pp., $18 paper
Brilliant. It is quite simply...
| Oct 25, 2009
Last Night in Twisted River
Random House: 558 pp., $28
The opening passages of "Last Night in Twisted River" recycle John Irving's signature themes at such dizzy speed, it's as though the author were ticking boxes. New England?...
| Nov 22, 2006
LET me be completely honest: I can't make up my mind about "The Lay of the Land." For the last few weeks, I've wrestled with it and have been alternately indifferent and enthralled. It's a big novel, nearly 500 pages, the third volume in Richard Ford's...
| Dec 28, 2008
Writers and editors
George MacDonald Fraser, 82; author of the "Flashman" series of historical adventure novels (Jan. 2)
Gilbert A. Harrison, 92; editor of the New Republic, helped launch new talent (Jan. 3)
Philip Agee, 72; former CIA official wrote...
| May 29, 2008
| 5:55 AM
An 800-word Harry Potter prequel is one of 13 card-sized works to be sold at a charity auction in the British capital.
Waterstone's Booksellers Ltd. says the cream-colored A5 papers -- each slightly bigger than a postcard -- were distributed to 13...