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Roger Ailes, Fox News ex-CEO, is writing an autobiography

Roger Ailes resigned as the chairman and CEO of Fox News last week, leading observers of politics and the media to speculate what his next move would be. Now there’s an answer: He’s writing his autobiography, according to CNN. CNN quoted an unnamed friend of Ailes as saying, “The book is a priority...

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  • Carolyn See's California, as told to Barbara Isenberg

    Carolyn See's California, as told to Barbara Isenberg

    The celebrated writer and teacher Carolyn See, who died in Santa Monica last week at 82, was born in Los Angeles and never really left home. She described raw silk as the flannel of the desert, and wrote evocatively of her home state in nearly all her books. For her, California was the repository...

  • PEN America launches $75,000 book prize, one of the country's biggest

    PEN America launches $75,000 book prize, one of the country's biggest

    Writers have something new to aspire to: the $75,000 book prize announced Wednesday by PEN America, the literary nonprofit based in New York. The $75,000 award is named for Jean Stein, the Los Angeles-born author and oral historian. Each year beginning in 2017, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award will...

  • A lesson in plagiarism for Melania Trump

    A lesson in plagiarism for Melania Trump

    After Melania Trump gave the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night, charges of plagiarism swiftly followed. Several sentences of her speech hewed closely to the speech given by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. It’s still to be determined whether...

  • The bizarre books by Baton Rouge police shooter Gavin Eugene Long, aka Cosmo Setepenra

    The bizarre books by Baton Rouge police shooter Gavin Eugene Long, aka Cosmo Setepenra

    Gavin Eugene Long, the 29-year-old ex-Marine who shot six police officers in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, killing three, wrote and self-published three books under the name Cosmo Setepenra, which he also used in online forums. The books are a combination of New Age-style jargon, pseudoscience,...

  • Donald Trump should read Robert Frost's poem 'Mending Wall'

    Donald Trump should read Robert Frost's poem 'Mending Wall'

    In the late summer of 1962, poet Robert Frost was invited to visit the Soviet Union. During the visit, he read at a Moscow library. The poem he chose was “Mending Wall,” which is ostensibly about two New Englanders setting out to repair the stone barrier between their farms. In the first line of...

  • Carolyn See, award-winning Southern California writer, dies at 82

    Carolyn See, award-winning Southern California writer, dies at 82

    Carolyn See, an author, teacher and colorful woman of letters whose scrappy humor and survivor's wisdom spiced her novels about the disaster-prone fantasyland that was her California, has died. She was 82. She died Wednesday in Santa Monica of cancer, said her daughter Lisa See. Awarded the L.A....

  • Bernie Sanders' supporters have one thing to look forward to: a new book

    Bernie Sanders' supporters have one thing to look forward to: a new book

    Bernie Sanders may have waited until the last minute to endorse his former rival Hillary Clinton, but he wasted no time moving onto the next thing: a new book. Sanders’ “Our Revolution: A Future To Believe In” was announced Thursday by its publisher, Thomas Dunne, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press....

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen's Great American Novels: 'The Woman Warrior' and 'China Men'

    Viet Thanh Nguyen's Great American Novels: 'The Woman Warrior' and 'China Men'

    No one can claim in absolute seriousness to be writing the Great American Novel, not without risking the polite smiles and muted derision of others. One says one is writing the Great American Novel the same way one announces a midlife crisis, with a faint air of the ridiculous. And to call someone...

  • Laila Lalami's Great American Novel: 'Song of Solomon' by Toni Morrison

    Laila Lalami's Great American Novel: 'Song of Solomon' by Toni Morrison

    To ask about The Great American Novel is to invite a debate about every portion of the phrase. Why use the definite article, which suggests that only one book can lay claim to the title? What parameters do we use to define greatness? In this era of global migration, some of which is documented...

  • Adriana E. Ramírez's Great American Novel: 'The Princess Bride' by William Goldman

    Adriana E. Ramírez's Great American Novel: 'The Princess Bride' by William Goldman

    In the book “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman — upon which the same-titled film was based — never has “life isn’t fair” come with such mirth.   Heroes die (sometimes twice!). Beautiful princesses turn out to be quite stupid. Invincible giants forget how to fight a single man. Virtuoso swordsmen...

  • What is The Great American Novel?

    What is The Great American Novel?

    The Great American Novel: A book that most perfectly imagines the kaleidoscope of our nation, its social fabric and its troubled conscience, its individual voices and strivings, our loves and losses. If some of the classic examples – “Moby-Dick,” “The Great Gatsby” – are as much about failure as...

  • Marlon James' Great American Novel: None (with an 'American Tabloid' asterisk)

    Marlon James' Great American Novel: None (with an 'American Tabloid' asterisk)

    There is no such thing as the Great American Novel. Nor the great Russian, Swedish, Irish or Papua New Guinean novel for that matter. In fact, once you import the concept, you realize how ridiculous it is. But also how strangely American, mostly because this is one of few countries where such a...

  • Corey Lewandowski, ex-Trump campaign manager, reportedly loses $1.2-million book deal

    Corey Lewandowski, ex-Trump campaign manager, reportedly loses $1.2-million book deal

    Corey Lewandowski, who was fired from his job as Donald Trump's campaign manager earlier this month and then hired by CNN, has lost a $1.2-million book deal with HarperCollins, Politico reports. The book was to focus on Lewandowski's tenure as campaign manager. Its tentative title was "Let Trump...

  • Cormac McCarthy isn't dead. He's too tough to die

    Cormac McCarthy isn't dead. He's too tough to die

    Cormac McCarthy is not dead. But if you checked Twitter on Tuesday morning, you might have thought he was. An account claiming to be affiliated with publisher Alfred A. Knopf reported that legendary novelist Cormac McCarthy, author of "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men," had died. If you were...

  • Laila Lalami explains how to procrastinate (hint: you're off to a good start)

    Laila Lalami explains how to procrastinate (hint: you're off to a good start)

    At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books some years ago, I heard a writer claim that he gets up at 6 a.m. every day, does 50 push-ups, drinks a pot of coffee, and then sits down to write. He seemed very proud of this fact, as I suppose he ought to be, but I confess I looked at him the way one...

  • What to do after Orlando: Read LGBTQ stories

    What to do after Orlando: Read LGBTQ stories

    We are still hearing voices resonating from the mass shooting that occurred in Orlando, Fla., on June 12. There is narrative after narrative: stories of the dead and the injured, some of whom were outed to their parents; the gunman’s obsessions; the tales of survivors and the friends of the dead....

  • Neil Gaiman on making art, mistakes and his 'View from the Cheap Seats'

    Neil Gaiman on making art, mistakes and his 'View from the Cheap Seats'

    Neil Gaiman is as big a rock star as you’ll find in the literary world, and not just because he’s close friends with actual rock star Tori Amos or married to Amanda Palmer, one half of rock duo the Dresden Dolls. He’s a rock star because he succeeds at just about everything he does. In the ‘90s,...

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