| Dec 2, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of "Magnolia" and "There Will Be Blood," may direct an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel, "Inherent Vice," New York magazine reports. The book features a stoned private detective in a Southern California beach...
| Jan 10, 2011
| 9:32 PM
If anyone is living out a stranger-than-fiction Cinderella story this Oscar season, it's David Seidler, the colorful 73-year-old screenwriter of âThe King's Speech.â For several months, the film has been viewed as a best picture front-runner, making...
| Jan 13, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Trystero Coffee was inspired by Thomas Pynchon's book The Crying of Lot 49....
| Feb 21, 2011
| 4:38 PM
Robert Downey has his eyes on a private eye. He's rumored to be angling for the lead in a film of the 1960s LA-set (Yaaaaaaaaawwwwwwn) Thomas Pynchon private eye novel “Inherent Vice.”...
| Feb 28, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Steve Erickson's next novel will be "These Dreams of You," coming from Europa in 2012, the publisher announced Monday. Erickson is one of Southern California's most innovative novelists; he runs the creative-writing program at CalArts and its literary...
| Oct 14, 2010
| 9:39 AM
"A Visit from the Goon Squad"
By Jennifer Egan
Alfred A. Knopf, 277 pages, $24.95
Consider the vinyl record. Round and round it goes. Or went. Like a lot of the vintage culture encoded in Jennifer Egan's punk-rock familial saga 'A Visit from the Goon...
| Feb 19, 2012
The shuttering of the Union Stock Yard and Transit Co. on July 30, 1971, didn't mark the end of Chicago's role as "hog butcher for the world." That came a year earlier, when "hog alley" closed, a victim of the stockyards' long descent from years of...
| Mar 16, 2012
| 5:30 PM
Definitely Christopher Fowler, who writes the "Peculiar Crimes Unit" and "Bryant & May" series. He has such a great sense of humor and knows so much about the history of London. His books are so much fun to read.
— Rena Gorman, Aurora
| Nov 10, 2011
A couple of years ago, about the time Matt Kish turned 40, he decided his hobby was becoming laborious and unrewarding. By day he drove from his home in Columbus, Ohio, to Dayton, where he worked in a library, his title, "audio-video materials selection...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 8:55 AM
Here's something you don't often hear: “Did you see that new book trailer?” In fact, I never hear those words at all, let alone utter them myself. Which is odd. I am an ardent reader. Large portions of my day are spent online, scanning Twitter...
| Jun 7, 2009
What's on your summer reading list? Maybe you've got it all worked out already, but if you don't, here are 60 possibilities, arranged by the months in which they'll be published -- the best of this summer's forthcoming reads.
And Then There's...