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  • Michael Lewis' 'Flash Boys' focuses on Wall Street computer scheme

    Michael Lewis' 'Flash Boys' focuses on Wall Street computer scheme
    There's something delightfully strange and counterintuitive about the way time operates in the opening chapters of Michael Lewis' new book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt." Lewis describes a new kind of Wall Street gold rush. In the entirely...
  • Best Translated Book Awards finalists announced

    Best Translated Book Awards finalists announced
    Translating a book is arduous and notoriously low-paid work. It's a labor of love for most. With a few blockbuster exceptions (think Gabriel García Márquez or Haruki Murakami) publishers don't make much, if any money from the translated titles they offer....
  • In the Pipeline: 'Ghost bikes' mark earthly tragedies

    In the Pipeline: 'Ghost bikes' mark earthly tragedies
    It started in 2003, in St. Louis, after a man named Patrick Van Der Tuin saw a bicyclist fatally struck by a car. At the accident site, Van Der Tuin placed a bicycle painted white and a hand-painted sign that read "Cyclist Struck Here." The tribute...
  • KCETLink adds Jeffrey Levine, Dan German to board of directors

    KCETLink adds Jeffrey Levine, Dan German to board of directors
    KCETLink, the struggling parent company of former PBS outlet KCET-TV, has added two more boldface names to its board of directors. Jeffrey Levine is the vice president and head of television for Random House Studio, a film production arm of the well-...
  • Alex Chilton's reckless abandon in life and music

    Most musicians would trade their soul for a No. 1 record and go on to carry that success like a trophy. So it's a measure of the late Alex Chilton's craft and personality that he's less defined by "The Letter," the 1967 guitar-pop gem by his band the...
  • Alex Beam's 'American Crucifixion' takes on early Mormon history

    Alex Beam's 'American Crucifixion' takes on early Mormon history
    It didn't last long, but for a short time in the 1840s the Mississippi River town of Nauvoo was the largest city in Illinois. While most municipalities thrived on trade, Nauvoo's propelling force was something much less tangible: faith. And that would...
  • Mona Simpson's 'Casebook' seeks to untangle family ties

    When his mother begins getting serious about her new boyfriend, 15-year-old Miles Adler-Hart does what any good citizen of L.A. would do: He hires a private detective. "Casebook," the sixth novel by Mona Simpson, focuses on divorce and its aftermath...
  • Dining on foodie books from Colman Andrews, Luke Barr, Allen Salkin

    It's hard to believe that only 50 years have passed since Julia Child set foot on the new continent of American Foodlandia. And yet in that short period, it seems we've already seen the full cycle of colonial development: discovery, exploration,...
  • 'John Wayne' rides high in Scott Eyman's astute biography

     'John Wayne' rides high in Scott Eyman's astute biography
    Almost every great movie doubles as an allegory for its own creation. Think of Francis Ford Coppola going up the river and around the bend to make "Apocalypse Now." Or Dalton Trumbo having Kirk Douglas shout "I am Spartacus!" to reclaim his identity...
  • Getting to the long and short of Lydia Davis in 'Can't and Won't'

    "A fire does not need to be called warm or red," Lydia Davis writes late in her sixth collection of short stories, "Can't and Won't." "Remove many more adjectives." Such a line can be read as both an observation and an artist statement, a writer's call to...
  • Angelina Jolie breaks the curse of 'Unbroken'

    OXENFORD, Australia — Angelina Jolie was ready to step behind the cameras again. Her directing debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," hadn't been a box-office or critical hit, but making the 2011 Bosnian war drama had fueled her desire to become a...