| Dec 16, 2007
They are sons of La Jolla, five friends who came of age on the edge of the Pacific.
They all played on La Jolla High School's football team. One was the defensive player of the year. Another was a star quarterback mentored by former pro standout Doug...
| Aug 17, 2008
The poet Weldon Kees was born in Beatrice, Neb., in 1914, though what's best known about him is that on July 18, 1955, his car was found abandoned with the keys still in the ignition in a parking lot on the Marin County side of the Golden Gate Bridge....
| Aug 23, 2008
Great architects are the enemies of history. They aspire to erase the visible past and to superimpose their own vision of the future. Ever since Baron Haussmann declared war on the back alleys of Paris in the mid-19th Century, replacing them with wide...
| Sep 25, 2008
The work of a great American novelist may make its way onto HBO, with a little help from former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor Tina Brown.
Brown, who signed a development deal with HBO earlier this year, and producer Bill Haber have begun developing a...
| Apr 14, 2008
IT would be too easy to read Martin Amis' slim book on Sept. 11 in a day and to dismiss it with a politically correct glare. The dozen essays, columns and reviews and two short stories in "The Second Plane: September 11, Terror and Boredom" are more...
| Jun 21, 2008
To say that Darin Strauss' chilling, insightful and bold new novel, "More Than It Hurts You," represents every parent's nightmare would not be exactly accurate. For the nightmares it conjures up are ones I hadn't even entertained before reading his book....
| Jul 3, 2008
OF COURSE, there were the drugs. And the drinking. And guns. And more drugs. Given his notorious lifestyle, it can be hard to keep in mind that Hunter S. Thompson was first and foremost a writer, a frontline chronicler of the promise and adventure of...
| Jul 4, 2008
To make a documentary, you must be passionate about the subject. But too much admiration can lead to a film with more of a fan's view than is good for it. Such is the case with "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson."
Certainly there is a...
| Dec 9, 2007
By Richard Rayner
"He had the build of a plunging halfback, with big shoulders and a neck like the stump of a Douglas fir," wrote Malcolm Cowley, who taught Ken Kesey in a writing class at Stanford in 1960. "Chapters of a novel were read aloud in a...
| Mar 21, 2010
Along the stretch of U.S. highway where I live, there is a small sign announcing that the road has been "adopted" by the John Birch Society. This fringe group of yesteryear -- whose Dallas members distributed commie-baiting "Wanted for Treason" leaflets...
| 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...