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  • Jayne Cortez dies at 78; poet and performance artist

    Jayne Cortez dies at 78; poet and performance artist
    Before the ashes and the anguish, before the 1965 riots and the spotlight of attention that followed, there was a pocket of people already fighting for Watts.
  • Happy scandalous anniversary to Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

    Happy scandalous anniversary to Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'
    On this date, March 25, in 1957, Allen Ginsberg helped make literary history. That's because 520 copies of his poem "Howl" were seized by U.S. Customs agents on charges of obscenity. Ginsberg and his publisher, City Lights, would fight those charges --...

    Oakland Park man self-publishes book about the pleasures of testicles

    Oakland Park man self-publishes book about the pleasures of testicles
    Balls. Nuts. Stones. Eggs. Bullocks. That's what Oakland Park's James L. Riedy self-published book "The Pleasures of Testicles: A Celebration and Exploration of All Things Balls" ($10.95, Outskirts Press) is all about. Of course, the retired...

    Fashion Diary: Peter Copping on his Nina Ricci collection

    Fashion Diary: Peter Copping on his Nina Ricci collection
    Although several designers have tried to forge a modern identity for Nina Ricci over the last decade, the French fashion house is still better known for the iconic fragrance L'Air Du Temps (launched in 1948 in the Lalique bottle with glass doves) than for...

    Five summers, memorable for the reading

    1974: Unhappy at summer camp, I holed up in my bunk and read Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and Bernard Malamud's "The Natural." The camp might have been awful, but the books were anything but. 1980: In June, I attended a writers conference at UC...