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  • Elena Kagan: Gay and Lesbian groups upset about Wall Street Journal softball photo of Elena Kagan

     
    The Wall Street Journal has come under heavy criticism from gay and lesbian organizations after it published a 17-year-old photo of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan competing in a softball game under a front-page headline, "Court nominee comes to the plate."
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux's Work in Progress

     
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux has decided to let readers peek behind the scenes at one of the most delicate parts of the publishing business: the writing of books, as they happen. Talk to any writer after a book has been...

    Salinger, Pynchon & Co.: When writers are recluses

    They wait like pilgrims, queuing silently, bearing volumes for inscription and awaiting a chance to touch the hem of his garment. They're not Franciscans approaching Assisi but earnest readers rushing bookstores and cultural temples for word -- wisdom,...

    Rebecca Campbell looks back

    Rebecca Campbell looks back
    Childhood is a time of joy and of terror, and even as adults we hardly fathom the forces that shaped us. Some seek answers in therapy; Rebecca Campbell tackles the questions through art. Her new solo show at L.A. Louver, "Poltergeist," flexes multiple...

    An appreciation: Carlos Monsivais

    An appreciation: Carlos Monsivais
    Carlos Monsiváis wasn't a "pundit," although he spoke and wrote with biting irony and insight about politics. He wasn't a "talking head" either, although he regularly appeared on TV shows in his native Mexico to offer erudite yet unstuffy thoughts about...