The filmmaker offers his gallery of icons — and breaks a few taboos in the process.

Smothered in Hugs
Dennis Cooper

The first collection of essays and cultural criticism by Los Angeles' own dark genius.

The Spot
David Means
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

New short stories from an L.A. Times Book Prize winner.

Telling Times
Writing and Living, 1954-2008
Nadine Gordimer
W.W. Norton

A collection of autobiography, travel pieces, dispatches on the horrors of apartheid and literary essays by the Nobel laureate.

This Is Where We Live
A Novel
Janelle Brown
Spiegel & Grau

The author of "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything" looks at a marriage under pressure in bohemian L.A.

You Never Give Me Your Money