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  • Rae Armantrout's probing new collection

    Rae Armantrout's probing new collection
    The only time I met the poet Rae Armantrout, a few years ago, I escorted her from her hotel to the lecture hall at the University of Chicago where she was to read. We chatted, and she mentioned that she had a new book coming out. I asked her what it was called. “‘Money Shot,'” said this smallish, birdlike woman in her early 60s. The incongruity of hearing such a phrase issue from such a mouth (Google it if you don't know what it means; this is a family paper) strikes me now as an apt metaphor for Armantrout's career and work. 
  • Book calendar events for the week of February 27, 2011

    Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY Tamim Ansary: The author of "Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes" will discuss and sign his new book. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 2 p.m. Free...

    CBS' madcap 'Chaos' pits spy versus spy

    In a pivotal moment of the Friday, April 1, premiere of CBS' "Chaos," CIA agent Rick Martinez eats a live scorpion. Surrounded by a band of machete- and gun-wielding rebels, in the middle of a desert, he's putting them on notice that he's crazy tough....

    Discoveries: 'Leaving Van Gogh' by Carol Wallace:

    Discoveries: 'Leaving Van Gogh' by Carol Wallace:
    Leaving Van Gogh A Novel Carol Wallace Spiegel & Grau: 268 pp., $25 "Vincent wrote once in a letter that a man who commits suicide turns his friends into murderers. What does that make me?" writes Dr. Paul Gachet in Carol Wallace's riveting...

    Book calendar events for the week of April 17, 2011

    Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY Leo Braudy: The author of "The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon" will discuss and sign his new book. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175....