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

Smothered in Hugs
Dennis Cooper
HarperPerennial

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