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Rob Bell: podcaster, bestselling author, performer and, yes, pastor

Conjure up an image of a former mega-church pastor and you will almost certainly not envision Rob Bell. Tall, slender and dressed with the casual hipness of a tech entrepreneur, Bell greets me in his airy West Hollywood home office looking less like your mother’s Sunday-service leader than he does...

  • Moby goes where Brian Eno, and his ancestor Herman Melville, went before

    Moby goes where Brian Eno, and his ancestor Herman Melville, went before

    As a famously brainy electronic musician — and a descendant of literary royalty — Moby had plenty of lodestars he might have looked to while writing his first book. There was, for instance, Brian Eno, the pop experimentalist who reflected on his work with U2 and David Bowie in his 1996 volume “A...

  • ESSAY: What you don't know about Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    ESSAY: What you don't know about Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    When Gabriel García Márquez died in April 2014, Colombia's president, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, declared three days of national grieving, citing the Nobel laureate as the “most loved and most admired compatriot of all times.” But the feelings in his hometown were a bit different.     “He isn’t...

  • Mark de Silva talks about his novel 'Square Wave,' a paean to process

    Mark de Silva talks about his novel 'Square Wave,' a paean to process

    “Nothing is perfect,” Mark de Silva writes in his debut novel, “Square Wave.” “And no process, not at all, is really, truly stable.” In other words, progress is a myth, process our reality. Process — unstable, imperfect — is the true movement of the universe, a vacillation between zenith and nadir...

  • What is Mexcellent? Let Enrique Garcia Naranjo explain

    What is Mexcellent? Let Enrique Garcia Naranjo explain

    Late-night cruise down South 12th, stereo bumping "Forever Written" by Combine Vibes, and I’m on my way to eat tacos de tripas. Tonight I’m planting myself at Tacos Apson, named after the 1960s Mexican rock 'n' roll outfit of the same name. The spot is pinnacle Southside Mexcellence — equal parts...

  • How David L. Ulin and Paul Kolsby co-wrote their satiric earthquake novel, 'Ear to the Ground'

    How David L. Ulin and Paul Kolsby co-wrote their satiric earthquake novel, 'Ear to the Ground'

    Writing is thought to be a solitary enterprise: Picture Ernest Hemingway, sleeves rolled up, banging out manly sentences at his desk against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. But within the myth, the truth is a little more complicated. In this occasional series, Collaborators, we'll talk to...

  • Introducing Janine Joseph, a talented poet who writes of being undocumented

    Introducing Janine Joseph, a talented poet who writes of being undocumented

    "Whether a child actress or an undocumented immigrant, I had always lived more than one life at once," Janine Joseph explains. From a childhood in TV commercials in the Philippines, she came to California with her parents on tourist visas in 1991, and the family stayed — overstayed, although she...

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