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  • What Elliot Rodger could have learned from poet Charles Bukowski

    What Elliot Rodger could have learned from poet Charles Bukowski
    One of the best things about author Charles Bukowski is that he was not pretty and yet he still found intimacy with women.
  • If you look in L.A., plenty of noir is still there

    If you look in L.A., plenty of noir is still there
    LOS ANGELES — It was a dank, rain-sodden Raymond Chandler kind of morning, as if some omnipotent auteur had rung up the studio and ordered a classic film noir sky. Cumulonimbus clouds the color of a snub-nosed revolver hovered with ominous intent,...

    Around Town: Looking for a few good books

    Our house has always been awash in books. A couple of years ago, we donated more than 2,500 books to the La CaƱada Flintridge branch of the county library system. I had mixed feelings about the donation — most of the books had belonged to our late...

    Scott Wannberg dies at 58; poet and Dutton's book buyer

    Scott Wannberg dies at 58; poet and Dutton's book buyer
    Scott Wannberg, a gentle behemoth of the Los Angeles poetry scene and a mainstay of the old Dutton's bookstore in Brentwood, where for nearly 25 years he molded the reading habits of a wide assortment of customers and petted every dog that crossed the...

    Local Q&A: Willis Earl Beal

    Local Q&A: Willis Earl Beal
    Willis Earl Beal has a biography that sounds as if Charles Bukowski could have penned it. Beal's lived, at times, a harsh life, drifting between countless miserable part-time jobs, the military (he enrolled in the Army for a short time) and homelessness....