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  • Astral Weeks: An unexpected, and welcome, DeLillo discovery

    Astral Weeks: An unexpected, and welcome, DeLillo discovery
    In Don DeLillo's latest novel, the weirdly exciting "Point Omega," a character is "trying to read science fiction but nothing she'd read so far could begin to match ordinary life on this planet ... for sheer unimaginableness." With another writer, you...
  • 'Changing My Mind' by Zadie Smith

    'Changing My Mind' by Zadie Smith
    Changing My Mind Occasional Essays Zadie Smith The Penguin Press: 306 pp., $26.95 Reviewing Zadie Smith's 2001 debut, "White Teeth," the critic James Wood lumped the blazing hot young British writer with no less than Salman Rushdie, David Foster...
  • Slaughterhouse 90210: Where high meets low

     
    Slaugterhouse 90210, a tumblr blog and column at Details, takes images from pop culture and captions them, hysterically, with literary quotes. A picture of Crockett (Don Johnson) and Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) from "Miami Vice" is accompanied by...
  • Mona Simpson and the L.A. Times bestseller list

     
    Mona Simpson's "My Hollywood," a layered, literary take on motherhood and nannyhood, enters the L.A. Times bestseller list this week at No. 11. Simpson, who lives in Santa Monica, told Susan Salter Reynolds about what inspired her to create Lola,......
  • Seth Godin trailblazes down a familiar path

     
    Just so we're clear: Seth Godin is a smart Internet marketing guy, one who's less full of hot air than many others. Even when I disagree with him, there's usually something there to disagree with -- which is more than......
  • L.A. Times bestsellers, featuring Rosanne Cash

     
    Anyone who follows Rosanne Cash on Twitter knows she's funny, candid and smart. "Must check celebrity health & beauty blogs to discern inability to sleep. Probably repressing inner Goddess or not eating enough seaweed," she Tweeted earlier this week,...
  • The Man Booker shortlist: Americans, be patient

     
    If the Man Booker Prize judges were trying to send a message to American readers with the short list for this year's prize, announced Tuesday, it may have sounded something like "be patient." One third of the six shortlisted books......
  • Dave Tompkins reads from 'How to Wreck a Nice Beach' tonight at Skylight Books

     
    At its most elemental, the vocoder is an instrument of deception. A mode for veiled communication -- slang in binary code. The U.S and Russian militaries used it to compress and encrypt speech to elude enemy interception, but it soon......
  • Writer Yiyun Li named MacArthur "genius" Fellow

     
    Author Yiyun Li is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, it was announced today. Li, who lives in northern California and is an assistant professor at UC Davis, was giddy when The Times reached her by phone. What will the fellowship mean......
  • Is Cormac McCarthy really headed for the Nobel?

     
    On Monday, news started buzzing that Cormac McCarthy, chronicler of a blasted and violent early American West and, more recently, a dystopic frozen future, might be under consideration for the Nobel Prize in Literature, whose announcement is planned for...
  • Gold Derby nuggets: Steve Pond digs into documentary race | Guy Lodge on category fraud | Guests line up for Conan O'Brien

     
    • Steve Pond delves into the selection process for the documentary feature Oscar race. As he reports, "in a remarkable year for non-fiction filmmaking of all kinds, the looming possibility of more Oscar-doc controversies means it’s time to take a look...