| Dec 23, 2010
NEW YORK — For someone steeped in murder, grift and shady characters, Otto Penzler is remarkably cheerful.
"I'm the happiest person you know. I am an optimist, I'm happy, I love life, I love friends, I love my job," he says in his book-lined...
| Sep 12, 2010
Fall, it seems, starts earlier every year. Certainly, that's true of publishing: Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" — arguably the big book of the season — has been a topic of discussion since mid-August, while other anticipated titles (Tom...
| Jul 17, 2011
Guilt was Patricia Highsmith's great theme. In her books even the good know they're not innocent, and they carry an apprehension that they too will be found out. "Night was falling quickly, with visible speed like a black sea creeping over the earth,"...
| Aug 7, 2011
James Sallis lives in a place that really shouldn't exist. The city sits in the middle of "an incredibly forbidding desert," where on this day the temperature will reach 112 degrees. Like Los Angeles, decades ago it became too big for its local water...
| Aug 8, 2011
Francesco Quinn, the actor son of movie legend Anthony Quinn, had a promising debut with a supporting role in the Oscar-winning film "Platoon" before carving out a journeyman career with steady TV work and straight-to-video productions. He died Friday...
| Nov 20, 2011
Shopping centers have always been about more than shopping. Before the rise of Internet-based social interaction, malls were a workplace, gathering place and pop culture petri dish for the better part of two generations. That made them the perfect...
| May 15, 2011
Television takes the spotlight starting Monday at the upfronts in New York City, when most networks will announce which shows live and die. Many decisions will hinge on issues of substance — ratings and cost and critical acclaim. But no one should...
| Jun 9, 2011
The best crime sagas are stories sparked by the thrill of shortsighted dreams that ultimately lead to a violent, messy end.
Congolese writer-producer-director Djo Tunda Wa Munga's feature debut "Viva Riva!" is one such gangster drama, a nastily...
| Jan 17, 2010
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Don't let the cowboy hats and gunfights fool you: FX's newest drama "Justified" isn't a classic western. In the crime drama, Timothy Olyphant plays Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a modern-day lawman with a 19th century-style of justice. The role......
| Dec 3, 2009
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The PEN Center USA literary awards, held Wednesday night at the Beverly Hills Hotel, made for an odd intersection of worlds. Book people are somewhat less glamorous than movie people -- more glasses, lower heels, generally less camera-ready -- but......
| Dec 22, 2009
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In 1999, the L.A. Times asked dozens of writers to look back at the prior century and share books they considered lost treasures -- books they loved that had slipped out of sight. Although the authors were formidable -- including......